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 drivers in Arizona will have been pulled over at some point for one reason or another, or investigated following their involvement in an accident. If this has happened to you, you will already be aware that this can involve an investigation into whether you were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. If your blood alcohol concentration is found to be at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could find yourself faced with drunk driving charges.
If you are charged in connection with a suspected DUI offense, there are a number of factors that affect how serious those charges and their potential penalties may be. Whatever the case, any form of criminal charge can look bad and cause you problems in your home and professional life. It is important to know your rights and remember that you are deemed to be innocent unless proven guilty.
If you are spotted or reported driving irresponsibly, there is a chance that you will be pulled over and investigated for drunk driving. Although this may be an alarming prospect, cooperation can be beneficial in the long run. Even so, in most cases you are not obliged to submit to a breath test or field sobriety tests if you are worried they may falsely incriminate you. However, refusing these tests can result in the revocation of your license.
In our last post, we wrote about the death of an 18-year-old Arizona State University student in Tempe and the local police response to that incident. Specifically, authorities in Tempe vowed that they would crack down on enforcement of underage drinking, DUI and other alcohol-related laws.
After the death of an 18-year-old Arizona State University student in Tempe last weekend, authorities there are reportedly planning to crack down on alcohol-related laws. The accident reportedly occurred at an apartment complex near the university’s campus. The student in question apparently fell from the balcony of an apartment where a party was being hosted by a local fraternity.
Though football season isn't completely over, next month it will already be time for baseball to restart. Scottsdale fans of the Colorado Rockies undoubtedly know that in February, the team begins training in our city.
If you've been following all the snow storms and winter weather plaguing other states, you know it's time to get your guest room ready. Our moderate temperatures in Phoenix will certainly beckon even reluctant snowbirds. But how to entertain them after you've shown off all that the city has to offer? If the weather holds and gas is cheap, you could drive to Four Corners, where you and your visitors can set foot in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana.
It's almost time to ring out 2013 and ring in 2014. There are many traditions to be observed tomorrow night, but one ritual we should all try to avoid is the traditional rounding up of people in Scottsdale and across Arizona who are suspected of driving under the influence.
The penalties for a DUI conviction in Arizona are serious. Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, a person accused of drunk driving could be facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge. In any case, a conviction can have negative effects on your freedom, your driving privileges, your employment, your finances and even your reputation in the community.