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,

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

Is Distracted Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving?

Distractions can come in a variety of guises. While you may not think of yourself as being one who participates in distracted driving, you may want to reconsider once you understand the scope of the problem. There is no question about the danger of drunk driving. In fact, drunk driving contributes to about 2 million vehicle crashes annually. Fatalities associated with highway accidents involving two or more cars are over 50% more likely to have alcohol impairment as a factor in the crash. As sobering as those statistics may be, the Centers for Disease Control has identified distracted driving as another major cause for vehicular accidents.

Car Insurance Language: Why are Policy Terms So Confusing?

Car owners in Arizona are expected to have proper car insurance. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the law requires that minimum levels of liability insurance coverage be carried for every motor vehicle operated on Arizona roadways. This means bodily injury coverage of no less than $15,000 per person and $30,000 for two or more people. You must also carry property-damage liability of at least $10,000. These requirements extend to golf carts, motorcycles and mopeds as well.

Types of DUI Charges in Arizona

Driving under the influence is generally described as operating or controlling a motor vehicle while intoxicated, either by alcohol or drugs. In the State of Arizona, there are three basic types of DUI charges, with graduating levels of severity. The seriousness of the charge will be based on several key factors including previous convictions and the blood (or breath) alcohol concentration of the defendant at the time of the offense.

Should I Hire an Attorney in Arizona for a Felony DUI?

A DUI of any type is a very serious charge and can carry significant penalties, as well as put your livelihood at risk. Penalties for a DUI can include jail time, fines, suspended or revoked license and more. DUI’s may be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on a number of factors. For a Felony DUI, penalties can be quite severe, though a drunk driving attorney can often get those penalties, or even the charges themselves, reduced significantly.

Do I Have To Do A Roadside Field Sobriety Test?

Roadside sobriety tests, by design, allow an officer to determine whether there is probable cause to charge a motorist with Driving under the Influence (DUI). The test results, however, are based on the officer’s personal perception in a lot of cases. For instance, if the officer is convinced that you have been drinking, but you

Ninth DUI Results in a Life Sentence

You have heard that Arizona is one of the toughest states when it comes to DUIs.  My extensive DUI experience all around the state can testify that this is true.  While each city, county and court are different when it comes to DUI consequences, I can say I have never seen a sentencing like the

DUI in Arizona: What Are the Possible Penalties?

Don’t let a DUI arrest ruin your life. At Matthew Lopez Law, we have many years of experience fighting DUI charges in Arizona for our clients. In many cases, we have been able to have charges dismissed or reduced for our clients, minimizing the penalties they face. If you have been charged with any type of DUI or DWI in Arizona, call our firm for a free consultation.

Coyotes fans call on Glendale Arizona DUI lawyer

With the long, long lasting debates and drama over the Arizona NHL team, the Coyotes are here to stay.  After four years of back and forth, the team now has an owner and the arena lease agreement has been approved.  Hockey fans are pleased that they can go to Glendale Arena to watch an exhilarating and rowdy

Peoria DUI task force out for football fans this weekend

Football fans beware: police will be on full alert this weekend for impaired drivers driving home from watching their favorite games.  Peoria police department has announced it will join forces with other agencies in the area on a DUI task force Saturday through Sunday.  The task force will feature additional officers on the road looking

Football season brings with it more DUI call Glendale DUI Lawyer

Glendale DUI attorney Don’t Get Blitzed – Call a Glendale DUI Lawyer Football season is almost upon us; happy news for many Cardinals fans in Arizona.  The first Cardinals game will air tonight, pitting the birds against the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game.  Preseason games get fans and players alike pumped up for

Casinos plan to expand alcohol use

Navajo officials are proposing a change in tribal law that would expand the allowed areas for alcohol to be served within their Arizona casinos. Currently alcohol use in casinos can only be served and consumed in the restaurants, and is not allowed on the gaming floor.  The change would allow alcohol to be taken to

Mohave Valley Super Extreme DUI – You Need a Lawyer!

A Mohave Valley man was arrested this morning for a Super Extreme DUI.  After the police responded to a small accident that he caused, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle, along with unopened cans of beers.  A breathalyzer revealed that the man allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration of .25

Arizona State Representative Arrested for DUI in Scottsdale.

No one is above the law in Scottsdale, Arizona, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol.  Recently, Arizona State Representative, David Smith was arrested for DUI in Scottsdale.  According to Scottsdale police, David was pulled over after they noticed his car swerving into oncoming traffic.When the police approached David, they reported

I’ve Never Had a DUI, Why am I Being Charged with a Felony?

Periodically, I will receive a phone call from someone who has never been arrested for a DUI and cannot understand why their DUI arrest has resulted in a felony charge.  The conversations I have with these potential clients tend to be sobering.  In Arizona, there are a few ways someone can be charged with a

DUI – What is Impaired to the Slightest Degree?

Occasionally, I’ll get a case where an officer arrested someone for being impaired to slightest degree when their blood alcohol concentration was less than a .08.  Arizona DUI law reads, “If there was at that time in excess of 0.05 but less than 0.08 alcohol concentration in the defendant’s blood, breath or other bodily substance,