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What do I do when I'm getting pulled over by the police?

When you see a law enforcement officer activate his red and blue emergency lights, do not panic. First and foremost, begin to find a safe place to pull over. Do not keep driving to get to your final destination because a law enforcement officers are looking for additional "signs" to say that you are impaired.

Will a DUI hurt your chances of getting a mortgage?

Being charged with a DUI often carries consequences that extend beyond the legal ramifications of the crime. One common concern for people who have been charged and convicted for driving under the influence is whether or not their chances of getting a mortgage will take a hit. While the answer depends on a number of factors, there is certainly cause for concern.

DUIs and home loans

DUI and employment background checks

Everyone makes a mistake at some point in their lives. For the purposes of this hypothetical scenario, let’s assume that the mistake you made happened shortly after you turned 21. While out to dinner with friends, you have a couple of drinks and because you do not feel intoxicated, you decide to go ahead and drive yourself home. On your way home, you are pulled over by the police and admit to having had some drinks before getting behind the wheel. A breathalyzer test shows that you are just barely over the legal BAC recognized in Arizona, which is 0.08% for standard drivers (or 0.04% for drivers of commercial vehicles). Due to Arizona’s zero tolerance policy in regards to driving under the influence of alcohol, you find yourself being arrested for a DUI. 

Obviously, nobody is thrilled to be getting a DUI - but you might feel that it’s best in a situation like this one to simply accept responsibility for your actions, even if you may feel that the punishment is a little too harsh for the crime. But deciding to plead guilty can result in very unfavorable consequences years later when a prospective employer runs a standard background check on you prior to making a hiring decision. Suddenly, you may find yourself passed over for a job based on your DUI arrest and/or conviction.

Arrested for DUI after you pulled into your driveway?

Consider the following hypothetical scenario - you’ve gone out to celebrate good news with friends. Over dinner and good conversation, someone buys one last round of drinks. You have your last drink, maybe one more than you normally would, but you don’t really feel as though it was excessive. On your drive home, you find yourself feeling a little more intoxicated than you thought you were. You catch yourself swerving a little once or twice, but are relieved to make it to your house without incident. You park in your driveway, head inside and go straight to bed. 

It’s a certainty that situations just like this play out somewhere every day. While most people probably get home and make their way to bed, considering themselves lucky and telling themselves they’ll be more careful in the future, sometimes nights like this end with a very unpleasant surprise - police officers at your door with a breathalyzer and a DUI arrest. 

Explaining DUI blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

All drivers in Arizona, regardless of their own possible experience with DUI charges, should at least be somewhat familiar with the procedures that are followed when someone is pulled over by the police and there is reason to believe that they might be intoxicated. One of the key components of Arizona’s notoriously strict approach to drinking and driving relies on what is commonly referred to as the driver's BAC  (blood alcohol concentration) at the time of the traffic stop. But what does that really mean? How much does the average person know how the BAC is calculated and whether it is accurate evidence of being over the DUI limit?  And more importantly, are the results of these tests as infallible as we’ve been led to believe? 

Is Utah’s .05 BAC law a glimpse into Arizona’s future?

The state of Arizona does not fool around when it comes to drinking and driving. Our laws regarding driving under the influence are, let’s be honest, somewhat infamously strict when compared to the rest of the country. But is it possible for a state to create DUI laws that are so restrictive that they cease to be truly beneficial?

This question may have an answer relatively soon, thanks to a new DUI law in Utah which is currently set to go into effect at the end of 2018. 

MADD v. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

There is an old saying that politics makes for strange bedfellows. Following a recent study conducted jointly by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, it would seem politics may also make for some strange enemies.

First The Back Story

Arizona among leading states in harshest DUI penalties

Chances are good that if you are already reading this, you're probably aware that Arizona has some of the strictest punishments for DUI convictions in the nation. But how do the sobering penalties of the Grand Canyon state look when compared to the DUI penalties of other states across the country?

Every state determines its own laws for dealing with criminal behavior. There can also be further distinctions made on the city and even county levels that differ from the general state laws. Understandably, this multi layered system can become exceedingly confusing when an attempt is made to compare them in too much detail, but there are a few keys factors that we can focus on to see just how broad the differences can be. But first, let's have a brief refresher course on the DUI penalties for a first time offense here in Arizona.

Don’t ruin your summer vacation: A sobering look at federal DUIs

If you’re not a frequent visitor to Arizona’s national parks and forests, you may not know much about the consequences of being charged with a DUI while on federal land. Hopefully, this topic will help someone avoid what could be a very unpleasant end to their summer vacation on federally controlled lands.

What is considered federal land?

When is drinking a beer while driving legal in Arizona?

Chances are good that anyone reading this is already aware of some of the more standard laws regarding drinking alcohol while driving. For example, it’s illegal in 43 states, including Arizona, for a driver to be in possession of an open container of alcohol while they are in control of a motor vehicle. In most states, this restriction also logically extends to anyone within the passenger compartment of the car as well. This means anyone in the front or back seat, but also includes the storage of any previously-opened bottles of alcohol in the glove compartment or other unlocked storage areas

But do these laws also apply to non-alcoholic beverages? That might seem like a silly question, but there is a distinction that should be pointed out here. There actually is a difference between a beverage that is “non-alcoholic” and one that is “alcohol-free”.

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