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.
The State of Arizona is serious about drunk driving. It is by far the most harsh state when it comes to sentencing if someone is convicted of a DUI. Its DUI laws cover every type and degree of offense. There is one set of penalties for first offense DUI's, another set for aggravated/ felony DUI, and yet another level for people charged with multiple DUI offenses.
Many people become despondent when they go home after an AZ DUI arrest and start googling. The overwhelming majority of people arrested for a DUI have never been in trouble before, and officers often use that naiveté to their advantage and get people to say and do things during the investigation that they later regret.
A Northern California man is going through a nightmare as he is being charged with DUI for having only caffeine in his system. They've tested his blood multiple times and the only substance that they can find is caffeine. The State is aware of this and has insisted that they intend to continue their prosecution.
A recent Utah case illustrates how confounding DUI arrests can be.
Recently, an appeal of a DUI case was heard by the Arizona Supreme Court. The court is being asked to decide if a blood draw from an individual suspected of drunk driving was constitutional under the Fourth Amendment. The decision, which will come at a later point in time, could have a significant impact upon DUI arrests and procedures in Arizona.
A heavy price tag could come along with the freedom of using recreational marijuana. In November the residents of Arizona will be asked to vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana use. This has been a hot topic for many Americans across our country for decades and especially recently since many states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This legalization could pose problems for people who drive.
You have just been pulled over by police. They have asked you to complete field sobriety tests and you have refused. The officer has decided to make an arrest, and you are on your way to jail.
With the new semester in full swing at Arizona State University, there are many parties and social gatherings that you may be looking forward to. With great fun, though, comes great responsibility. When you go out, make sure that you have a designated driver or that you have arranged a safe, reliable method of transportation to get you home without risking you a DUI.
Labor Day weekend is a great time to soak up the last days of summer with friends, family, food, and fun. It's also important to remember to celebrate safely and responsibly. Last year, there were 10 deaths from 10 traffic collisions during the holiday weekend. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is working hard this year to stop dangerous driving behaviors and increase road safety.