Being arrested for DUI in Arizona is no joke. Being convicted for a first offense means 24 hours to 10 days behind bars, a base fine of $250, a license suspension for up to a year and a mandatory ignition interlock device, which you must have installed and maintain at your own cost. The penalties go up with each subsequent offense.
It's no secret how police determine if they will charge you with driving under the influence of alcohol. Such an arrest typically begins with an officer noticing something -- your eyes, your behavior or the odor of alcohol on your breath. What follows is a series of subjective tests the officer may initiate to confirm the suspicion that you have been drinking.
Is the practice of suspending defendants' driver's licenses for nonpayment of criminal justice debt unfair to those who can't afford to pay? Does it actually make it harder for courts to collect that debt?
When are police officers allowed to search your glove box after a traffic stop or an accident? At its base, it's a civil rights issue. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits "unreasonable searches and seizures" by government agents such as police.
Arizona can congratulate itself for being number one! No, not the football or basketball teams, although fans of those can hold on to hope. The first place refers to the recent ranking of states with the strictest DUI laws. Using a system of points, WalletHub rated all 50 states according to 15 criteria, including length of jail time and additional consequences for drivers with blood alcohol counts well over .08.
Criminal charges of any kind have the potential to bring serious repercussions upon your life. You may think because it is your first drunk driving offense that you do not really have any consequences of significance to worry about, but that is not the case. In reality, even a first-time DUI could have serious consequences, and it is worthwhile to defend yourself and your interests.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 85, has been found guilty of criminal contempt by a federal judge. The criminal misdemeanor could cost him a fine and land him in jail for six months.
Robbery is a crime that the state of Arizona does not take lightly. If you are facing robbery charges, how you handle your case and who you have on your side matters. A conviction on such a charge could steal your future from you.
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant's right to "be confronted with the witnesses against him" in all prosecutions. That's one reason why the state can't bring hearsay evidence against you in a criminal case, for example. You have the right to see, hear and confront any witness (or even a document) accusing you of any crime. It's an essential part of due process of law.