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They're Charging Me to Stay in Jail?!

What's worse than receiving a jail sentence for a misdemeanor offense like a DUI? Receiving a jail sentence and being forced to pay for it.

Adding insult to injury, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor and sentenced to jail, Arizona law requires Courts to order you to reimburse the cost of incarceration. Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-804.01 mandates Courts to order that reimbursement to whatever political subdivision is responsible for the costs of your incarceration, be it the city or the county.

Can a tribal police officer from the Salt River Police Department arrest me for a DUI?

In Arizona, tribal police officers, like those in the Salt River Police Department, can and will pull you over and potentially arrest you for criminal charges and submit charges against you in the county courts.

The Salt River Indian Community is located adjacent to Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, and parts of several Arizona freeways run through their jurisdiction.

Best practices for an Arizona sobriety checkpoint

A host of questions can flood your mind as you approach a DUI checkpoint in Scottsdale or other parts of the Valley of the Sun.

Are you required to go through the sobriety checkpoint? Must you answer all questions? Should you perform a roadside sobriety test? Let’s take a look at some of the questions that are likely to come up as you see the flashing lights of a sobriety checkpoint ahead.

Ignition interlock devices: failures, infractions, more

As many of our Arizona DUI defense blog’s readers know, everyone convicted of drunk driving in our state faces some of the harshest penalties in the nation. A first offense means that “you will be jailed for not less than 10 consecutive days and fined not less than $1,250,” the Arizona Department of Transportation says. You’ll also be required “to equip any vehicle you operate with a certified ignition interlock device.”

Unfortunately, ignition interlock devices can register false readings. A single infraction can result in an extension of your interlock penalty for a full year.

Arizona DUI: What does “impaired to the slightest degree” mean?

Most regular readers of our Arizona DUI Defense Blog understand that it is illegal to drive a vehicle in our state with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. Doing so can result in a DUI arrest and drunk driving conviction.

However, fewer know that Arizona drivers can be charged with DUI if they are under the influence of liquor or any drug – or combination of alcohol and drugs – if they are “impaired to the slightest degree.”

Hundreds of DUI arrests expected across Arizona over the Fourth

It’s the most red, white and blue holiday of them all. The Fourth of July celebrates not only our nation’s founding, but also the American dream, spirit and our cherished freedoms. Unfortunately, the annual holiday also means that Arizona law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for drunk drivers.

According to a Phoenix TV station, last year’s Fourth of July crackdown resulted in more than 200 DUI arrests over the two-day holiday enforcement period. The report stated that 1,726 officers and deputies took part in the effort last year. There is no doubt that there will again be extra patrols and officers on metro area streets for next week’s celebration.

IID: What is it and what does it do?

It is the constant companion of certain Arizona drivers. It is the ignition interlock device. Those drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence are required to have the device installed in their vehicle – at their expense.

The ignition interlock device – also known as the IID – connects to the ignition of your vehicle. Before you can start your vehicle and drive, you must blow into the device, which then tests your breath.

The Problem with the Self-Exclusion Process in Arizona Casinos

In Arizona, casinos have a self-exclusion process in place where people who have a gambling problem can inform the casinos of their problem and request to be banned. The casinos in turn have the person sign a voluntary trespass form and the individuals get put on a list. The self-exclusion is irrevocable and cannot be altered or rescinded for any reason during the time period elected on the form. Some of these people still go back to the casinos and still lose large amounts of money. However, if they win a large jackpot, the casinos request the winners name and the list to see if they signed the voluntary trespass form. If they did, then the casino will call the police and the individual is criminally charged with trespassing. Moreover, the casino does NOT give the jackpot winnings to the individual. Keep in mind, although the casino keeps the individual's winning jackpot, the casino does NOT return the losses to the individual.

DPS chief: Arizona high court ruling doesn�t change DUI laws

The state Supreme Court recently ruled that people with medical marijuana cards cannot be arrested for possessing weed extracts. But the director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Col. Frank Milstead, told a Phoenix TV reporter that the ruling does not change the state’s DUI laws.

“Just because the Supreme Court said you can now possess those (extracts) with your medical marijuana card, it does not mean that you can drive impaired or drive under the influence of those,” Milstead said.

Can the police trick you into a breathalyzer test?

Police are supposed to have reasonable suspicion before pulling a driver over for possible DUI in Arizona. But coercing a breath test out of the driver AFTER the stop has been made may be taking probable cause a little too far, at least that’s what an Arizona Appeals Court has decided. During the case, Angel Soza alleged that the police had tricked him into consenting to a breath test during a stop, and the courts agreed with him. At least partially. While the ruling stated that the illegally coerced breath test could not be used as evidence, they found that the officers in question should not be charged with improper conduct. 


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