Drunk driving penalties have always been tough, but some state legislatures have become especially activist about creating new, harsher penalties. Arizona tops the list of strictest DUI laws by state, according to analysis by WalletHub. If you have gotten the impression that the Grand Canyon State has tougher drunk driving penalties than elsewhere, you're right.
Until recently in most states, it was perfectly within your rights to refuse a breathalyzer if you were suspected of drunk driving. This usually meant that you were required to submit to a blood test down at the police station, but it still wasn't considered illegal. Recent Supreme Court rulings have changed this, so what does that mean for motorists?
In Arizona, the legal amount of alcohol a person is allowed to have in their system and still drive in .08% -- unless you're a minor or a commercial driver. While there are guides out stating how many drinks that translates into, it is difficult to tell for sure how much alcohol is "safe." The words "drunk driver" are loaded and make many people think of someone who has been out binge drinking and is weaving all over the road.
Driving drunk is a serious offense, and if you are charged with a DUI in Arizona it's important that you understand the laws and get legal representation to protect your interests. While you may not be able to have the charges completely eliminated or even reduced, depending on the circumstances, it's very important to find out what can be done in your particular situation. You don't have to go through the legal process alone, and you want to have someone on your side to explain things to you and help you consider the options you have when you've been charged with a DUI in Arizona.
The Phoenix area offers plenty to do, from sporting events to concerts and theater. And sometimes, people enjoy alcohol at these events. But what happens if you're pulled over after drinking and driving? What if you face a charge of drunk driving?
While celebrating this Memorial Day Weekend's annual public festivities, it isn't uncommon for you to think about enjoying barbeques or attending other events with friends and family. These celebrations often mark the unofficial start of summer, and there will be alcohol consumed. You need to know that law enforcement throughout the region will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers on area roadways.
When officers in Arizona stop a motorist that they suspect is under the influence of alcohol, they perform an investigation to uncover as much evidence as possible to support an arrest. Once arrested, the officer will want to conduct a test that helps establish the individual's blood-alcohol content (BAC).
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.
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.
We have discussed in earlier blogs the fact that Arizona has very strict laws concerning driving under the influence. The state had seen an increasing number of DUI arrests and really tried to crackdown on those motorists who get behind the wheel after drinking.