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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

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 It’s no surprise that police officers often times use excessive force and abuse their power. Drinking alcohol and going to the bars and clubs in Scottsdale go

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

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 term. Arizona law does not provide elements as to what justifies a reckless operation of watercraft charge. That said, it is entirely up to what the police officer believes to be reckless. In other words, if officer Jones believes that the way you were driving your boat or your JetSki is reckless then Officer Jones can cite you for reckless operation of a watercraft. On the other hand, if officer Martinez does not find that the way you are operating your boat was reckless, then officer Martinez simply does not have to cite you with a reckless operation watercraft charge.

Hot temperatures can make for hot tempers

With the rising temperatures, you may notice that tension and stress also rise in people around Arizona There have actually been studies that show violent crime increases with higher temperature.  Heat can make people more uncomfortable, less patient and overall more irritable.  This can lead to quick outbursts of anger, normally controlled in cooler months. 

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 reasons. It is my belief that they are using some of the stops as pretexts for DUI investigations.

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

Irrespective of the type of driving on suspended license scenario that you’re facing, you will be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. If you have a pattern of driving on suspended license, the court could sentence you to a small term of jail and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will require that your license become suspended for even longer. Most importantly, however, you will have a criminal conviction on your record.

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

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.