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FELONY VS. MISDEMEANOR DUI IN ARIZONA

Facing a misdemeanor DUI charge is serious as reflected in our other blogs this month, but facing an Aggravated DUI charge is much worse -- and the penalties are even more severe and life altering. In ...
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MARIJUANA IN ARIZONA - Separating the Fact from Fiction

With the legalization of marijuana for medical use in a number of states and even recreational use recently in our neighboring states of California and Colorado, use and possession of marijuana has ...
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Safety Corridors and Freeways with Zero Tolerance for Traffic Violations This Holiday

Arizona Implementing Safety Corridors on Sections of Interstates and Freeways With Zero Tolerance For Any Traffic Violations By: Max Nicholas Hanson, Esq. Arizona has provided a “present” ...
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Beware of DUI Checkpoints and the DUI Task Force During the Holidays

By: Max Nicholas Hanson, Esq. All around the world the holiday season brings joy and celebration, and in Arizona it also brings out an increase in the presence of law enforcement on our roadways. We ...
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Don't Believe the Hype - Marijuana Possession and Use is Still a Crime in Arizona

By: Max Nicholas Hanson, Esq. The use and possession of marijuana has become seemingly more acceptable in today’s society with a number of states, including Arizona, now allowing the use of ...
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Avoid Getting a DUI this Holiday - the Gift Nobody Wants

By: Max Nicholas Hanson, Esq. During the holiday season, many of us enjoy getting together with co-workers, friends, and family for food and fun at parties and other holiday events which, often, ...
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I Just Got Arrested - What is Diversion?

By: C.D. Owens, Esq. A diversion program is a form of sentencing, usually prior to or after a plea of guilt, but prior to a conviction for a crime in the criminal justice system. It is established to ...
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I Just Got Arrested, Am I Entitled to An Attorney?

By: C.D. Owens, Esq. It depends. The state does not provide an attorney free of charge just because you were arrested on a criminal charge. During the process of being arrested and setting the initial ...
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I Just Got Arrested. Now What?

By: C.D. Owens, Esq. If you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you could be facing anywhere from 30 days in jail, or even upward to 15 to 25 years in the State Penitentiary or even ...
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In Custody and/or Arrested - Your Right to Remain Silent

I do not want to engage in drafting a treatise on the constitutional basis for one’s right to remain silent when he or she is detained or arrested by the cops. They know you have that right and ...
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Know what NOT to say when you get pulled over

You're not required to answer any questions, beyond the basic identification questions concerning your name, address, date of birth, etc. and production of your license, registration and insurance ...
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Know what to say when you get pulled over

When you get pulled over it is always nerve-racking even when you are not driving under the influence. Being prepared and knowing what to ask and say to law enforcement officials when you have been ...
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What is the legal BAC limit?

Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is evidence of how impaired you were at the time you were driving, or in “actual physical control” of the vehicle. The legal limit to drive in Arizona is ...
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Quick Tips about DUIs to keep in mind this New Year

New Year's Eve is more than just the last day of every year; it is also the holiday with the most arrests made by law enforcement agencies across the United States for suspected drinking and ...
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Holiday DUIs in Arizona

Drunk driving fatalities have declined 42% nationally since 1982 during the holiday season. However, even with the steady decline in such fatalities nationally Arizona law enforcement still made 3,042 ...
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Have you made you plan and checked it twice?

The holidays mean more parties as many of us celebrate with co-workers, friends and family. With the holidays and the New Year being less than one week away many people have already made plans with ...
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Some of You Aren't Listening - Last Year's DUI Arrests

During this holiday weekend, state and local police will be on high alert for potential drunk driving. Since many people consume alcohol during this holiday, law enforcement are more sensitive than ...
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Cost and Penalties of DUIs

Arizona is known for some of the harshest DUI and OUI laws in the country, and these cases are among the most aggressively prosecuted in the State. If convicted, you are likely facing loss of your ...
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Make a Plan Now

Fourth of July is one of the biggest weekends for DUI arrests, which is why Owens and Perkins will be have a Four Part Mini Blog Series starting today going to July 3 rd. With the July 4 th just five ...
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Dui Arrests Drop in Arizona in 2013

The total number of arrests for a DUI in Arizona has dropped this last year for the first time in the past decade, according to new data from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, who ...
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Good Bad Decisions

All of us make bad decisions. Some decisions may be worse than others and have more significant consequences. The holidays are a time to sit back and relax or celebrate with friends and family; and to ...
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Prescription Drug Dui

In Arizona, total drug-related DUI arrests increased from 1,674 in 2010 to 2,961 in 2011 – a 44% increase in just one year! The percentage of arrests for drug-related DUIs in AZ increased more ...
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Old Town Scottsdale Dui

Recently, a client related the following story to us: “I was driving home after meeting up with a friend in Old Town Scottsdale for a couple drinks. I only had two beers, but I am petite and had ...
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Scottsdale Dui Attorneys Warrants for Blood Draws

New System Allows Police Officers Almost Instant Access to Warrants for Blood Draws If you’re stopped for a DUI in the greater Phoenix area, you need to be aware of a new system put in place by ...
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Aggravated Dui

Facing a misdemeanor DUI charge is serious, but facing an Aggravated DUI charge is much worse — and the penalties are even more severe. In Arizona, the “aggravated” part of the DUI ...
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