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How to remember the important first step following a DUI arrest

There may have been a time when a driver who faced a drunk driving charge could navigate the criminal justice system without a lawyer, but those days are long gone. The penalties in Arizona even for a first-time offense of driving under the influence (DUI) of liquor or drugs are among the harshest in the United States.

New law would give police power to stop vehicles when "Liddy lights" burned out

An old court case in Arizona has resulted in efforts to pass a new law that would give police more power to make traffics stops. In 2011, a man contested his drunk driving conviction because he believed that the officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over. When the facts of the case were examined, it was learned that the officer made the stop because the motorist's "Liddy light" was burned out.

Major March events mean more police looking for drunk drivers

Next week will be an extremely busy week for bars throughout the Phoenix metro area. Two important events will fall during the week, and this will result in an increase in police presence throughout the region. Thursday, March 17th, is St. Patrick's Day, and it is also the first day of the first round of the college basketball national championship tournament.

Miranda Rights

What is the resulting effect if a police officer does not read the Miranda warnings verbatim to a suspect? Put another way, do police officers have to provide Miranda to suspects in its exact form? The short answer is no. Certain warnings must be given before a suspect's statement made during custodial interrogation could be admitted in evidence. The general rule is that Miranda warnings must reasonably convey the rights afforded to the defendant. "We have never insisted that Miranda warnings be given in the exact form described in that decision." Duckworth v. Eagan, 492 U.S. 195, 203, 109 S.Ct. 2875, 2880, 106 L.Ed.2d 166, 177 (1989). The warning must touch all the "bases required by Miranda." The question is whether the warnings reasonably "convey to [a suspect] his rights as required by Miranda."

Home Detention in Scottsdale

Home detention is now available in the Scottsdale City Court. This is welcome news for people charged with a DUI in Scottsdale. This allows a majority of the jail sentence to be served at home instead of in jail. However, Arizona law does require people to serve 20 percent of their sentence in jail before they are eligible to serve the remaining portion of their jail sentence in a home detention program.

Diabetes and DUIs

Many diabetics often experience low blood sugar levels, also known as hypoglycemia. When a diabetic person reaches such a state they can show symptoms commonly associated with an intoxicated driver. For example, they may have slurred speech, poor balance, may appear drowsy, and have impaired motor abilities. As you can imagine being pulled over by a police officer while experiencing these symptoms will most likely lead to failed field sobriety tests.

Memorial Day DUI Statistics

Last Friday started Arizona's state wide crackdown on DUI enforcement for the Memorial Day weekend. This crackdown was yet another attempt to enforce Arizona's already strict drinking and driving laws, and to prevent injuries and fatalities due to automobile accidents.

Expedited Search Warrants

Did you know that Phoenix police officers can get a signed search warrant for a blood sample from a seemingly intoxicated driver within minutes? Traditionally, if a suspected driver refuses a blood test, police officers would have to drive to a station, type up a warrant, fax it to the court and then wait to hear from a judge. This new system is called an eSearch Warrant Application, and it allows an officer to send a warrant from their patrol car, where it is sent to a judge who can approve or deny the document from a laptop in a much shorter time.

United States Supreme Court New Ruling on the 4th Amendment

The United States Supreme Court recently issued another blow to the 4th Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizures. The ruling caused controversy when they declared that a vehicle may be stopped based on an anonymous 911 tip.

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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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