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Testifying at Your Arizona DUI Trial: Factors to Consider Before Taking the Stand

When your DUI case goes to trial in Arizona, it can sometimes be hard to decide whether you, as the defendant, should testify at trial. However, there are some factors that you can weigh to help determine whether or not to testify at your own DUI trial.

Three Ways to Resolve a DUI Case in Arizona (Part 3 of 3: Dismissals)

In our last two blog entries, we discussed two ways that a DUI case can resolve in Arizona: (1) through a plea agreement or (2) through a trial. Now we will discuss the third way: through a dismissal of the case. What is a Dismissal of a DUI Case?There are numerous reasons why an Arizona DUI case can be dismissed altogether, and we will discuss some of them below, but first we must discuss what a dismissal of a DUI case means.

Three Ways to Resolve a DUI Case in Arizona (Part 2 of 3- DUI Trials)

Many times, Arizona DUI cases are resolved through plea agreements (which were discussed in part one of this three part series on the ways that Arizona DUI cases are typically resolved (see last blog post)). However, on the occasions where a defendant does not want to accept the plea agreement offered by the prosecutor, a trial will likely take place.

Three Ways to Resolve a DUI Case in Arizona (Part 1 of 3: Plea Agreements)

In an Arizona DUI case, there are typically three ways for the DUI case to resolve. One way is for a plea agreement to be reached, and the case will thus end with the defendant entering a plea of "guilty" on a certain charge or charges. Another way for the case to resolve is through a trial (either in front of a jury, or a Judge alone). Finally, the case could also end as a result of a dismissal, which is when the charge(s) that the State filed against the defendant is/are dismissed (and which can occur for numerous reasons).

Municipal Court vs. Justice Court vs. Superior Court in Arizona DUI Cases

With a DUI case in Arizona, the court where your case ends up can be just as confusing as the actual case itself. Due to the differences in charges, locations, and police agencies, your Arizona DUI case can be filed in any one of three different courts and locations: either in Superior Court, in a Justice Court, or in a Municipal Court (also commonly referred to as City Courts). These differences depend largely on the type of DUI case filed, where your Arizona DUI arrest took place, and finally which agency was responsible for the arrest.

Underage DUI or Baby DUI

There is a provision in our Arizona law that punishes minors for having alcohol in their system while driving a car. It is often referred to as a "baby DUI" by state prosecutors, DUI defense attorneys, and local Judges. However, there is nothing "baby" about the punishments that come with an underage DUI charge.

DUI Without Driving? Believe it or Not.

With city and county budgets heading more and more into the red in Arizona, it seems that police officers have been feeling the need to justify their salaries by bringing in more money to their municipalities. Due to the fact that DUIs are a huge revenue stream in Arizona, we have begun to see more and more cases being charged as DUIs that don't appear on their face to be DUIs. Specifically, we have seen an increase in DUI cases that don't involve driving.

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