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Municipal Court vs. Justice Court vs. Superior Court in Arizona DUI Cases

With a DUI case in Arizona, the court where your case ends up can be just as confusing as the actual case itself. Due to the differences in charges, locations, and police agencies, your Arizona DUI case can be filed in any one of three different courts and locations: either in Superior Court, in a Justice Court, or in a Municipal Court (also commonly referred to as City Courts). These differences depend largely on the type of DUI case filed, where your Arizona DUI arrest took place, and finally which agency was responsible for the arrest.

Underage DUI or Baby DUI

There is a provision in our Arizona law that punishes minors for having alcohol in their system while driving a car. It is often referred to as a "baby DUI" by state prosecutors, DUI defense attorneys, and local Judges. However, there is nothing "baby" about the punishments that come with an underage DUI charge.

DUI Without Driving? Believe it or Not.

With city and county budgets heading more and more into the red in Arizona, it seems that police officers have been feeling the need to justify their salaries by bringing in more money to their municipalities. Due to the fact that DUIs are a huge revenue stream in Arizona, we have begun to see more and more cases being charged as DUIs that don't appear on their face to be DUIs. Specifically, we have seen an increase in DUI cases that don't involve driving.

What is 'Reasonable Suspicion' And How Does it Come Up in DUI Cases?

One way that the police can stop you while driving in Arizona is if they have 'reasonable suspicion' that you've violated a motor vehicle law or were involved in some kind of criminal activity. That means that if you are speeding, make an improper turn, or break some other traffic law while driving in Arizona, the police may pull you over. It also means that if the police have reasonable suspicion that you were involved in some sort of other criminal activity, like a robbery or murder, they can pull you over and stop you as well. However, the police need to have a 'particularized and objective basis for suspecting the particular person stopped of criminal activity,' which means that they have to be able to articulate the objective facts that gave them suspicion that a motor vehicle law was broken, or that someone was involved in criminal activity. Once the police have reasonable suspicion that a driver broke the law, or was involved in criminal activity, the police can pull the car over and initiate a stop in order to investigate further.

How does the passage of SB1070, the new Arizona immigration bill, affect DUI Cases?

This DUI blog is the furthest thing from a political blog. However, on occasions, political issues affect DUI cases in ways that are not necessarily intended. A perfect case in point is the passage of SB1070, Arizona's new immigration bill.

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