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Holiday task force in full force this season

As you can see from your neighbors hanging their Christmas lights, the holidays are upon us once again The holiday season brings with it shopping, eating, family, friends and of course drinking and being merry. While the drinking and being merry part is perfectly fine, getting behind the wheel afterwards is definitely a problem. Arizona

Scottsdale Police Out to Get People for Urinating in Public

It’s a Good Decision to Hire A Lawyer for your Urinating in Public Case You’re not alone, everyone’s done it. You were out late in Scottsdale, just got out of a bar and had to use the restroom before going home. It’s dark, there aren’t many people around, so you go into the alley to

Sun Devil Fans Seek ASU Alum Attorney Matt Lopez

ASU football season is well underway, with another exciting game scheduled for this weekend. ASU Sun Devils face off with their next foe at Sun Devil Stadium. Home games never fail to bring out the crowds of local fans and alums to root for the home team. Despite recent rumors of stricter guidelines for drinking

Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix

When you are charged with a crime, your life and reputation are on the line. Regardless of the circumstances, the first step to take once you are charged is finding the best criminal defense attorney to represent your case. Fight for your future by hiring Matthew Lopez, one of the top criminal defense lawyers in

Celebrity Hit with Public Drunkenness Charge

It’s a rough life being a celebrity You’ve had one too many drinks and get arrested for public intoxication, and now it becomes national news.  These are the PR woes actor Shia LaBeouf has lived though.  Several years ago LeBeouf was arrested during a Friday night in Texas for public intoxication. Police discovered him acting drunk in

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

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.

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

ASU Students Arrested Need Legal Help

A Lawyer for ASU Students Every fall thousands of parents will their children to Arizona State University for their freshman year.  For many students, this will be their first time living away from home.  Parents and students are excited to furnish their dorms, meet their dormmates and choose their classes.  When parents leave their children

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

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 to Arizona, are very unclear. The law makes two distinctions. First, if a person does not have a medical marijuana card, it is illegal to drive with any traceable amounts of marijuana in their system. What is a traceable amount of marijuana? It’s against the law to have any traceable amount of THC in a person’s system at the time of driving.

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 it’s heavily criminalized. The police are on constant lookout for anybody who may be drinking alcohol outside of a bar or a club and are quick to issue a citation. If you live out of state, the policy of Scottsdale Police Department is to arrest and book you.

Lake Havasu No Wake Zone Penalties

Creating a wake in a no wake zone is a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors carry a maximum fine of $2500 plus 83% surcharge and six months in jail. While it is unlikely that you are going to get six months in jail or even any jail at all, you surely do not want to have a misdemeanor criminal conviction on your record.  In some states, after a certain amount of time has passed, a criminal conviction will fall off your record. Unfortunately, Arizona is not one of the states. Once you’re charged and convicted of a criminal misdemeanor, the misdemeanor will forever be on your record.

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, or anywhere in Arizona, it is vital to understand what consequences you may face and what options you have for fighting your case.

Police Harrassment for Underage Drinking at Salt River Tubing

In an attempt to beat the miserable Arizona heat, many people, from in state to out of state, flock to Mesa to tube down the salt river. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MSCO) and Mesa Police know that this is a hot spot and have made it their mission to bust anyone and everyone who are