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Reasons to hire a private DUI defense attorney

Allow me to present a situation. You’re being arrested for a DUI and the officer reads you your Miranda Rights. When he reaches the last sentence, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you”, you inwardly feel slightly relieved. You might assume that hiring a private DUI defense attorney could be beyond your financial grasp. Knowing that you could still get a lawyer based on your ability to pay sounds too good to be true, right? 

Yes, unfortunately, it just might be. 

The many costs of a DUI in the Valley can be staggering

The costs of an Arizona DUI arrest can be staggering, a Phoenix TV station reported recently. The Arizona Department of Transportation says a first offense will result in a fine of thousands of dollars, plus the cost of required installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, the classes, and MVD compliance.

Police walk back claim made after Arizona Cardinals' GM DUI arrest

As we all know, the Fourth of July traditionally features fireworks, get-togethers with family and friends - and arrests for drinking and driving. One of those arrested this past holiday was Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. We usually avoid celebrity gossip postings about famous people arrested for various charges. However, this one is important because of what has already occurred.

A Chandler police report originally claimed that Keim misidentified himself as the team's director of security after he was stopped. But after release of the officer's body camera footage of the DUI arrest, police reversed course and said the officer would correct the record.

Arizona expanding electronic search warrant system for suspected DUI

A significant change to Arizona law enforcement is on its way in just a few days. Police officers across the state will a nearly instantaneous means of obtaining search warrants that can be used in suspected drunk driving cases to require drivers to undergo blood tests.

The Arizona Supreme Court says that the Governor's Office of Highway Safety teamed up with Maricopa County Superior Court and 24 Valley police departments to fund development of an online electronic warrant system. The court has authorized statewide use of the electronic search warrants for patrolling police officers to check sobriety and obtain evidence starting August 1.

Just say "no" to these actions at DUI checkpoints in Arizona

The first time you do something is very often memorable. The first kiss, the first time you drove a car, the first paycheck, first apartment on your own, and so on. The first time you encounter a sobriety checkpoint is probably not high on the list of memorable firsts, however.

Is legalized recreational marijuana on the horizon in Arizona?

As attitudes regarding the legalization of marijuana continue to shift across the country, residents of Arizona may soon find themselves presented with another opportunity to cast their vote for or against the legal possession and recreational use of marijuana by adults. While this would hardly be the first time that voters in the state would be facing this choice at the ballot box, many residents seem to feel that the outcome could be different this time around, which begs the question - how would legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes impact the already strict laws in place to regulate DUIs within our state?

 

Congrats to the Class of 2018!!! . . . Now Don't Get Arrested by Police During the Graduation Pomp and Circumstance

Late May and early June means high school graduation, and from all of us here at the Rosenstein Law Group we wish our Arizona grads the most heartfelt congratulations! Proms, graduation ceremonies, and grad parties are an exciting time for both the graduates themselves and their proud families and friends. But during all the pomp and circumstance make sure to be safe and aware of the potential legal pitfalls. Police are on the lookout this month to make arrests for alcohol-related offenses and other crimes that often occur whenever our citizens are out celebrating.

Judge vs. jury trial

When facing a criminal charge, a big decision you might have to make is whether you want your case to be decided by a judge or a jury. This is no small matter; the outcome could have a huge impact on your life.

Differences

Most defendants choose to opt for a jury of their peers, and for good reason: to be judged guilty, the jury must be unanimous. You have better odds at convincing 1 out of 12 people of your innocence than you do a single judge.

Beyond Standard DUI

Most people are aware of the legal limit of .08 BAC to be charged with DUI in Arizona. But there are additional, more serious charges that can apply if the BAC is tested to be significantly higher.

Under Arizona law, drivers can be more than just sober or drunk. DUI charges are dependent on a number of factors that can substantially alter the penalties involved if convicted. While most DUI charges are based on a specific concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream, police officers and the courts have discretion to charge a person with driving under the influence even if they do not meet these limits.

Fighting a DUI successfully often depends upon knowing the law and how the BAC level was determined. Getting charges reduced from an extreme DUI or an aggravated DUI can make a significant difference in the level of penalties, as well as the mark on your record.

Let's use this post to review the levels of DUI charges and the penalties which can result from a conviction, including pleading guilty.

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We support Scottsdale's Taste of the Town festival that benefits the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Our firm also contributes to a number of other local organizations, including Home 'Fur' Good, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable homeless cats and dogs in Maricopa County.
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