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Halloween DUIs

Nothing is scarier than spending Halloween night in jail for a DUI. Yet, every Halloween many young adults in the Phoenix and Tempe area find themselves in a jail cell come November 1st. While it may be fun to attend one of the many parties that will be filled with festive costumes and tasty beverages,

Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Parker?

Life can be fun in Parker, with plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors on the Colorado River or partying with friends at Moovalya Lake. But even a good time can turn into a life-changing event that can end up with an arrest. Even if you have never been in trouble before, you can find

DUIs & DUI Checkpoints During the Holidays

Arizona law enforcement officers take DUIs seriously, especially during holidays when alcohol consumption is at its highest. Almost every major holiday where drinking and driving is a concern is paired with DUI patrols and checkpoints throughout Arizona. Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend and through the winter holidays, you can expect to

Consequences for a Gilbert Urinating in Public Charge

Consequences for a Gilbert Urinating in Public Charge Most people do not hire my law office because they are worried about the monetary consequences associated with their urinating in public case out of the Gilbert Court. Generally speaking, people hire my office because they do not want a criminal conviction on their record. Last time

Did You Get a Boating DUI Over Labor Day?

There is no doubt that many boats out on the water Labor Day weekend had ice chests full of alcoholic beverages. Unlike a land vehicle, drinking alcoholic beverages is allowed on boats by the passengers; however, drivers of the boats must maintain sobriety to safely guide their vessel. Arizona is tough on any type of

Consequences of Driving on a Suspended License

Driving privileges can be suspended or revoked for many reasons, usually due to a previous driving-related offense. When a driver’s license has been suspended it can hamper your ability to manage your life, from work or school to everyday errands you need to complete. However, getting behind the wheel with a suspended Arizona license can

ASU: Minor in Possession (MIP) or Consumption (MIC) Charge

College can be an exciting time in your life, a chance to explore your independence and meet new people while pursuing knowledge for your future. It also is a time when there are many temptations that could lead you down a path you did not intend to go. If you are a student at ASU

Boating DUI in Arizona

Getting out on the water is a great way to beat the summer Arizona heat, but if you consume alcohol while operating your watercraft, you may be spending time in a cool jail cell. Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws, and that includes our boating DUI or Operating Under the Influence (OUI) laws. If you are arrested for a boating DUI or OUI, you could be facing serious consequences that could not only ruin your summer but affect your life for years to come.

Hiring an Assault Attorney in Apache Junction

Assault charges are taken very seriously in Arizona because they are crimes that cause unwarranted harm to another person. There are several different scenarios when a person can be charged with assault. The different types of assault charges vary according to the injuries sustained by the victim of the assault. With any assault charge, you

DUI Over 4th of July? We Can Help

If you were arrested for a DUI during the 4th of July holiday in the greater Phoenix metro area, you were not alone. There were several law enforcement agencies in the Valley working together over the prior holiday weekend through July 4th on a targeted DUI Task Force. Chandler, Tempe and Scottsdale police were some of the agencies conducting saturation patrols to identify possible impaired drivers. If you were one of the drivers that ended up with a DUI charge, it is time to think about your options.

Do I Need a Burglary Attorney in Apache Junction?

A charge of burglary is a serious offense because it is considered to be a victim crime. If you have been charged with burglary in Apache Junction, AZ, you should consult a criminal defense attorney who is experienced at defending Apache Junction burglary charges as soon as possible. Under Arizona law, there are different levels

Arrested for Theft in Apache Junction?

Have you been arrested for theft in Apache Junction, Arizona? If so, your future and freedom are at stake. In order to defend against the charges levied against you and protect your rights, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Matthew Lopez Law is here to answer your questions and provide you an

Free Legal Advice For Marijuana DUI Cases

Free Legal Advice For Marijuana DUI Cases Our office is seeing a lot more marijuana DUI cases recently. We believe that this is because as we get closer to legalizing marijuana, people believe that it is legal to drive a vehicle after consuming. The problem is, the marijuana DUI laws, at least as they apply

What are the Fines for Public Consumption in Scottsdale

What are the Fines for Public Consumption in Scottsdale Every year my office gets hired by hundreds of people for various types of offenses in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the more common offenses that we see is public consumption of alcohol. Public consumption of alcohol may seem to be legal in Scottsdale, but the truth

Is a Diversion Program Offered for Urinating in Public in Scottsdale

Is a Diversion Program Offered for Urinating in Public in Scottsdale Every week, my office gets hired by about five people for urinating in public in Scottsdale. Even though we get hired multiple times per week, there are still people that we consult with the end up not hiring our office. Our office routinely meets

Lake Havasu No Wake Zone Penalties

Creating A Wake in a No Wake Zone is a Criminal Violation in Lake Havasu Believe it or not, it is a crime to create a wake in a no wake zone. This means, if you are cited by the game and Fish for the Mojave County Sheriff’s office for creating a wake in a

Were You Charged with Criminal Damage in Scottsdale?

Causing damage to someone else’s property in Scottsdale can put you in jeopardy of being convicted of criminal damage. Whether it is scribbling graffiti on a building, or smashing in the windows on your ex’s car, you can face serious penalties; including jail or prison time. If you are charged with criminal damage in Scottsdale,

Resisting Arrest in Scottsdale

Resisting Arrest in Scottsdale With the rise of social media and the prevalence of smartphones, we are finding that people are becoming braver when it comes to their interaction with police officers. Now that said, it is no surprise that police officers often times use excessive force and abuse their power. Drinking alcohol and going

Criminal Trespassing in Scottsdale

Where you go, and even where you look, can be viewed as a crime in Arizona. Criminal trespassing laws in our state are strict and can come with serious consequences if you are convicted. At best, a criminal trespassing conviction will be a class 3 misdemeanor; at worst, you could be facing prison time and

Reckless Operation of a Watercraft in Lake Havasu

Reckless Operation of a Watercraft This week, my office has been inundated with phone calls for reckless operation of a watercraft in Lake Havasu. Reckless operation of a watercraft, otherwise known as reckless operation of a boat, is very similar to the charge of reckless driving. So what is reckless? Reckless is a very subjective

Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Scottsdale?

You may not think your behavior is disruptive or disorderly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be charged with disorderly conduct, as you may have already found out. If you were charged with disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, it is now up to you to prove your actions were not unlawful. Disorderly conduct is one of

Goodyear Court DUI Lawyer

Goodyear Court DUI Lawyer I just got back from handling a DUI at the Goodyear Municipal Court. Recently, I’ve noticed that our law firm has received several more calls regarding DUIs at this particular court. Unlike other courts, in my experience,  some of the stops from Goodyear police officers happen to be for very small

Penalties For Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License in Scottsdale

Penalties For Driving on a Suspended License in Scottsdale Every week, Scottsdale Court publishes their arrest report. The report is made available online as a PDF document. So that I know I’m staying current with the services my law firm provides, this is a document that I review on a very regular basis. The document

Did You Get a MIC or MIP in Tempe?

Minor in consumption (MIC) and minor in possession (MIP) are very similar; both misdemeanors and both involving minors and alcohol. While a MIC is used to limit consumption of alcohol by minors, a MIP focuses more on minors trying to enter establishments selling alcohol or stopping them from trying to buy alcohol. Both can lead to a misdemeanor charge that can stay on a person’s permanent record, as well as possible jail time, fines, and other penalties like suspension of driving privileges.

West Mesa Justice Court DUI Law Firm

West Mesa Justice Court DUI Law Firm We’ve recently seen an increased amount of DUIs at the West Mesa Justice Court. Most of our clients who have a case were leaving the Talking Stick Resorts or Casino Arizona.  The majority of the cases are investigated by the Salt River police. In representing thousands of people,