One of the things that people always ask me when they find out what I do is, "What should I do if I'm pulled over?". In Arizona today, the enforcement of DUI's has become an obsession that often leads to innocent people being arrested. We know this, because one of the pieces of information that we get in all of our client's cases is a results page. We will often see that a huge percentage of people whose blood was tested along with our client's is either zero or significantly below the legal limit. That equates to dozen's innocent people being accused, arrested, and forced to have a cop (with less than a week's training) draw their blood every night. So the question asked is certainly a valid one. The answer is "immediately". You are always allowed to consult with an attorney. You are however, required to affirmatively request one. Ambiguous references to an attorney do not suffice. So don't ask, "Should I get a lawyer?", or "Maybe I should have a lawyer here". What one must do is unequivocally proclaim their desire to consult counsel. Many unscrupulous officers will advise you that you don't have that right at this point, and that you must balance or dance for them roadside. They are not being entirely forthright with you. From the second that the officer treats you like you are accused of DUI, it is well advised to firmly but politely insist on speaking with counsel before completing any exercises or answering any further questions. If you ever find yourself in that unfortunate situation you can contact us 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week.
March Madness is finally here, and while your employers surely are dreading this time of year (studies show that productivity plummets), at the Rosenstein Law Group we could not be more excited. Something else to be excited about right now is this new deal we spotted from LivingSocial, a portable breathalyzer for your iPhone or iPad. Here is the link . It is important to remember that we are not the only ones who realize that March Madness brackets and beers go together like UofA basketball and the Final Four. The notorious DUI task force will be out waiting to catch you driving while impaired, and will use any excuse to get you to blow into their portable breathalyzer. So why not use this device before you leave the bar, and give your BAC an estimate, and if your even close take a cab. The best way to avoid a DUI arrest is to not get behind the wheel. If you are pulled over and have been drinking even the smallest amount of alcohol check out what to do if pulled over. People are falsely accused of DUI every day. You need an experienced DUI lawyer to help extricate you from the criminal justice system.
Many people, both people from out of State and Phoenix and Scottsdale residents alike, had the opportunity to head to North Scottsdale and catch some great golf at the 2013 Waste Management Open. It is no secret that not only is the Open known for great weather and great golf, but also for being a great party. Because of this, police officers view it as a perfect time to conduct one of their ever-present DUI task forces, to catch "impaired" drivers. If you drove at all down Scottsdale Road at any point during that week, you no doubt saw the numerous drivers lit up and pulled over by Scottsdale Police Department. Most people do not know the rights that they do have and what tests they are required to perform, especially people who are visiting from out of town. Laws vary from state to state, and officers know that people are unaware of where the boundary is between lawful and illegal officer behavior.
If you are stopped for a DUI in Arizona, there are a few important do's and don'ts to be aware of: