Arizona's harsh penalties for a DUI conviction have been very well documented in this blog. However, what happens when we apply these penalties to people that are visiting Arizona and have been convicted of a DUI?
Being involved in an automobile accident is already a trying experience. However, if you are then accused of being responsible for that accident, or being under the influence of alcohol, the situation is even more difficult. In Arizona a drunk driving charge can lead to fines, license revocation and even jail time in some circumstances. However, the tests are not always accurate and this can land innocent drivers in trouble.
This past weekend, Rosenstein Law Group was happy to kick off the holiday weekend on Saturday at Wingstock held at the Mesa Amphitheater. The event kicked off with an Easter egg hunt at 10:30 am, and at 11 am was open to the public for a fun-filled day of wings, beer, and live music.
Many defendants ask whether it matters if the officer signed the complaint or ticket at the site of issue. Unfortunately, this is a complicated topic without a concrete answer. Arizona cases have not addressed this question squarely; however, in Erdman v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, the court held that lack of a signature alone was reason enough to dismiss the case. Erdman v. Superior Court, 102 Ariz. 524, 433 P.2d 972 (1967). In Erdman, one officer arrested the defendant while another officer signed the complaint. The issue was whether a criminal complaint was signed by someone who merely relied on another's information, which said that the defendant committed some illegal activity, and if that is sufficient to present in court.
Readers may remember hearing some time back about a Texas teenager who was convicted of intoxication manslaughter after driving drunk and killing four individuals in a crash. The case drew a lot of attention in the media, partially because of his defense attorney’s argument that he suffered from “affluenza,” a term referring to a constellation of negative traits linked to excessive wealth and consumerism. In his case, the defense attorney had argued, it was a sense of entitlement that drove him to make poor decisions.
Summer is quickly approaching and people are starting to plan their summer getaways. Whether you are jetting off to a tropical paradise or hopping a short plane ride over to California for your vacation, here is a little insider tip, FLY responsibly.
Underage DUIs, or "Baby DUIs" as they are referred to, are unique in Arizona because they are handled in part like a juvenile case and in part like an adult DUI. For instance, If you are under the age of 18 (and not too close to your 18th birthday), your case will be filed in juvenile court, likely in Mesa, Arizona, where the consequences and sentencing structure are significantly different than adult courts like Scottsdale City Court or Tempe City Court..
People are often confused by the difference between city jails, county jails and prison. While these facilities are similar there are several important differences.
In our last post, we wrote about the death of an 18-year-old Arizona State University student in Tempe and the local police response to that incident. Specifically, authorities in Tempe vowed that they would crack down on enforcement of underage drinking, DUI and other alcohol-related laws.
This weekend there was "all the fixin's" at the 5th annual Arizona BBQ Festival held in Scottsdale at Salt River Fields. There was no shortage of entertainment this weekend, because if tons of smoked meat and beer wasn't enough to entertain you, there was always live music playing throughout the day, along with the "redneck zone". The "redneck zone" was an 18+ area where there were themed games and contests happening throughout the day. From a watermelon seed spitting contest, to keg rolling, to a mullet beauty pageant, there was never a dull moment in the day.
After the death of an 18-year-old Arizona State University student in Tempe last weekend, authorities there are reportedly planning to crack down on alcohol-related laws. The accident reportedly occurred at an apartment complex near the university’s campus. The student in question apparently fell from the balcony of an apartment where a party was being hosted by a local fraternity.
In a recent court case, Maricopa Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that the use of marijuana extract, a variation of the plant used to make marijuana products such as candies and lollipops, is legal. Judge Cooper's decision overruled a view held by some that the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act only allows the consumption of actual pieces of the marijuana plant.
Last week attorney Craig Rosenstein shared his legal knowledge with a group of students in a Law Office and Client Management class, taught by fellow attorney, Alexander Y. Benikov, at Arizona Summit Law School. He combined his legal background with his entrepreneurial skills and spoke on how to start, run, and grow one's own law firm, just as he did with his business, the Rosenstein Law Group.