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Arizona one of the toughest states for DUI

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Phoenix metro area take a very aggressive approach to curbing drunk driving. Various communities run sobriety checkpoints each weekend hoping to help keep impaired drivers off of the roadway. Those who are going out with friends or relatives need to know that they face strong penalties if they are charged with DUI.

Arizona Supreme Court rules on medical marijuana DUI Case

Arizona has extremely strong drugged driving laws. There are two ways in which motorists within the state may be charged with DUI under the current laws. The first charge may be handed down if the driver is found to be impaired to the slightest degree by a substance. The second charge may result if the motorist has the presence of any specifically listed drug is present in the person's system while he or she is operating a motor vehicle.

DRE and DUI's

If you are ever in a situation where you are being accused of driving under the influence of drugs (prescription or illicit), it is important to know that you may be asked to take a DRE examination. A drug recognition evaluator (DRE) is a police officer who took a class which purported to teach him or her how to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than or in addition to alcohol. These officers are given basic instruction on the effects of different types of drugs on a human body as it relates to DUI's. As with alcohol related DUI's, Attorney Craig Rosenstein wants you to know that it is unwise to do the roadside balancing tests or submit to the drug recognition evaluation. It would be wise to firmly but respectfully decline to take any type of field sobriety test (balancing tests) or DRE examination, because the information that is gathered always presumes impairment and is one sided and lacks scientific reliability.

Why All Cops Should Have to Wear Cameras on Duty

The City of Rialto, California recently reported that after they required police officers to wear cameras on duty, citizen complaints dropped by 88 percent in the first year. This idea has created a sparking debate across the country, and recently the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed the idea. The ACLU also emphasized the potential for the technology to be misused and recommended policies to minimize the potential downsides. "Although we generally take a dim view of the proliferation of surveillance cameras in American life, police on-body cameras are different because of their potential to serve as a check against the abuse of power by police officers," the civil liberties group argues.

Boating Under the Influence

In the state of Arizona, it is illegal to operate a motorized watercraft while under the influence of any alcoholic beverages, drugs, vapor-releasing substances, or any combination of intoxicants. If you live in Maricopa, Pinal, or Pima County, it is important that you seek the help of an experienced DUI attorney like those associated with the Rosenstein Law Group.

Bars on Bikes: Can you get a DUI on a bicycle?

People often ask if someone can be convicted of a DUI on a bicycle. Unfortunately, there is no Arizona law which directly addresses this issue. However, an analysis of Arizona law suggests that a conviction for a DUI on a bicycle would be unlikely.

Signed or Unsigned- Can a ticket be used as evidence?

Many defendants ask whether it matters if the officer signed the complaint or ticket at the site of issue. Unfortunately, this is a complicated topic without a concrete answer. Arizona cases have not addressed this question squarely; however, in Erdman v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, the court held that lack of a signature alone was reason enough to dismiss the case. Erdman v. Superior Court, 102 Ariz. 524, 433 P.2d 972 (1967). In Erdman, one officer arrested the defendant while another officer signed the complaint. The issue was whether a criminal complaint was signed by someone who merely relied on another's information, which said that the defendant committed some illegal activity, and if that is sufficient to present in court.

You Drank. You Drove. Now You Need A Job: Get Your Conviction Set Aside

At the Rosenstein Law Group we understand that everyone is human and people make mistakes, such as drinking and driving. We also believe that one mistake should not ruin the rest of your life. That is why we offer a service called a set aside. A set aside is the closest thing, in Arizona, to a more common term called expungement.

We play an active role in the civic life of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
We support Scottsdale's Taste of the Town festival that benefits the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Our firm also contributes to a number of other local organizations, including Home 'Fur' Good, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable homeless cats and dogs in Maricopa County.
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