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How does an ignition interlock device work?

There is no doubt that Arizona's drunk driving laws are among the very toughest in the nation. A first DUI offense can mean jail time, substantial fines, mandated alcohol treatment and required community service. All those convicted of DUI in our state are also required to equip their vehicle with a certified ignition interlock device.

Many people who have been arrested for DUI are unsure of what an ignition interlock device* is, how it works and if the rumors they might have heard about the devices are true.

Don't Let "Tax Season" Become "Scam Season": Beware of Solicitors Posing as IRS Agents Trying to Steal Your Money

Over the last few months our firm has received dozens of phone calls from scared Arizona residents asking us how they should respond to a phone call they received "from an IRS agent" who demanded that they pay money or that they will be arrested. Tax season is a stressful time for Americans and professional scam artists know it is a prime time to prey on our anxieties trying to extort our hard-earned money, and unfortunately, many times they succeed.

Beyond Standard DUI

Most people are aware of the legal limit of .08 BAC to be charged with the per se DUI in Arizona. But there are additional, more serious charges that can apply if the BAC is tested and alleged to be 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 super extreme 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.

Breakdown of a DUI part five: Hiring the right lawyer

In the previous installment in our Breakdown of a DUI series, we talked about several of the penalties commonly associated with DUI convictions. With these penalties being as serious as they are, fighting a DUI charge is something you should never attempt to do on your own.

In our fifth and final article in the series, we'll take a look at the importance of hiring an experienced DUI lawyer and how to find the right one to handle your particular case.


Breakdown of a DUI part four: Penalties and consequences

It isn't often that people who have been charged with a DUI are truly innocent. Breathalyzers and other sobriety tests are extraordinarily accurate, and though there are rare cases where they deliver false positives, these cases are rare.

Nevertheless, even if you are guilty of the charges that have been brought against you, it is incredibly important that you do your best to fight them. In our fourth installment in the Breakdown of a DUI series, we'll take a closer look at the importance of fighting DUI charges no matter what the circumstances are.

Breakdown of a DUI part three: The legal process

After you've been arrested for a DUI and have posted bail, you're likely wondering what comes next. No doubt, the courtroom procedure involved in DUI cases is often the most confusing part of the entire process.

With that said, in our third installment in the Breakdown of a DUI series, we're going to take a look at the courtroom procedure in DUI cases and attempt to shine a light on this step in the DUI process.


Arizona legislature pondering tough DUI-related proposals

Arizona's legislature has over the years made our state's drunk driving laws some of the toughest in the nation. Over at the Capitol building, lawmakers are considering several bills that will impact DUI laws if they are passed and signed.

House Bill 2243 is designed to reduce the number of wrong-way drivers on state highways. Violators would face a $500 fine and be required to attend traffic school. If a wrong-way driver was under the influence of alcohol, they could face a Class 5 felony and up to 18 months in prison.

Breakdown of a DUI, Part two: Sobriety and BAC tests

Once a police officer has stopped you on suspicion that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, there a number of tests that they can administer to determine whether or not you are impaired. Continuing our Breakdown of a DUI series, we'll take a closer look at what these tests are, how they work, and the rights you have concerning them.

Driverless vehicles still rolling in Phoenix

You might have seen one of Waymo's driverless minivans and just didn't notice it. After all, according to news media reports, the self-driving vans have been rolling around the Phoenix area since late 2015.

Late last year, Google's driverless car tech company began sending the vans out sans humans inside. That's right. No one inside the vans to grab the wheel. Waymo recently release a 360-degree video of its driverless vehicles in motion on Maricopa County streets. Proponents of self-driving technology insist that it holds the potential to eliminate a variety of traffic-related problems such as drunk driving arrests, congestion and motor vehicle accidents, among others.

Breakdown of a DUI, Part one: The DUI stop and arrest process

What happens when you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol? It's a simple question, but the answer can quickly get complicated. In our Breakdown of a DUI series, we're going to take a look at the entire process that takes place when a person caught driving under the influence, from arrest to trial, starting with where it all begins: the DUI stop and arrest.


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