Felony DUI • What Everyone Needs to Know

Because aggravated DUI’s are classified as felonies, the presumptive sentence is 4 months in prison. You will not be sentenced to jail, you will not be eligible for work release or work furlough, you will not be able to participate in a home detention. If you are convicted you will go to a State prison for 4 months.

Holiday DUI Task Force In Full Force This Season

While the drinking and being merry part is perfectly fine, getting behind the wheel afterward is definitely a problem. Arizona is one of the toughest states on driving under the influence. This is demonstrated time and time again through the severe consequences pursued by prosecutors and given out by the courts. We also see how seriously local jurisdictions take DUIs each holiday season through their well-publicized DUI task forces. Each year local police, politicians and community leaders come together and announce the start of increased DUI enforcement.

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,

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

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

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.

Here’s How We Got A Tempe DUI Case dismissed

Here’s How We Got A Tempe DUI Case dismissed A few months ago, our office was hired by a young man who was charged with a marijuana DUI. He was scared, didn’t know what to do and needed a law firm he could trust. As with most of our clients, he found us online by

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.

I have a DUI case at University Lakes Justice Court

The University Lakes Justice Court in is Chandler, Arizona but has jurisdiction over most of downtown Tempe. People whose case has been assigned to the University Lakes Court were most likely issued citations by Arizona State University Police Department, Department of Public Safety or Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Scottsdale DUI Lawyer Representing Professional Athletes

Two professional Arizona sports players are facing DUI charges, according to reports released this week.  Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested in May in Scottsdale and is reportedly being charged with a DUI.  In a separate incident, Cardinals player John Abraham was arrested in Georgia last month for driving under the influence.

Witherspoon shows that celebrities are not immune to DUIs

Even celebrities cannot escape being charged with DUIs.  Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth were pulled over last week, and Toth was arrested for a DUI while Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct.  Despite having the financial means to arrange for a designated driver, many celebrities find themselves on the side of the road

Tempe DUI cases have possible weakness due to officer misconduct

An article released some surprising news today: numerous DUI cases in Tempe are being reviewed and may be dismissed due to the arresting officer’s misconduct.  The officer, who was experienced on the DUI squad, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.  The city says that some cases have even already been dismissed, but dismissed without

Don’t Let a DUI steal your Country Thunder

Country Thunder is almost upon us!  This large event takes place in Florence, Arizona from April 11-13 and is a celebration of all things country music.  While the music blasts and fans dance and sing along, drinking is also a large part of this festival.  Many people choose to camp out at the event but

Play Ball! Don’t Strike Out the season with a DUI charge

Opening day at the Diamondbacks is here!  Today the Arizona baseball team was up against the St. Louis Cardinals giving Arizonans a fun and memorable day at Chase Field.  With the roof open, the perfect spring weather and of course the hot dogs and beer, baseball fans were in for a treat…. especially now that

Don’t splash into summer with an MIP, MIC or DUI conviction

Now that the gorgeous Valley weather has arrived, students at area colleges will be excited to begin pool-party season.  For some it will be a weekly event, hanging out with friends at someone’s house with a pool, maybe grilling some burgers and gulping on cold beers and icy daiquiris.  The fun of drinking during the

Car chase leads to arrest… and a call to Matthew Lopez Law

A Prescott Valley man is in big trouble with the law after being arrested for several very serious charges.  Nicholas Wayne Gunter led police on a high-speed car chase from Sedona to Flagstaff last week and is now facing charges of aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen property.  Three police agencies

St. Patrick’s Day: Green Beer and Driving don’t mix

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Don’t let Ambien drive you to jail

When Ambien was released to the market in 1993, many tired customers found relief.  Ambien was a quick fix for insomnia, working efficiently and effectively knocking the user out within 15 minutes.  In the recent years, however Ambien’s dangerous side effects have become more and more discussed.  Ambien works so effectively that many consumers have

Prescription and Over the Counter Medicines Could be a Recipe for a DUI

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Medical Marijuana DUI: Do not let your future go up in smoke

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Arizona Canyon Lake – OUI & DUI – Know your Limits

I recently represented a client who was arrested at Canyon Lake for operating his boat under the influence of alcohol.  This charge is technically called an OUI, but is commonly referred to as a boating DUI.  It is against the law to operate a boat or a watercraft while impaired by alcohol or drugs and

Arizona Consequences for Refusing a DUI Breath or Blood Draw.

In my experience as a prominent Phoenix, Arizona DUI defense lawyer, I hear quite a lot of misinformation within the general public, as well as lawyers, relating to DUI consequences.  One of the most common questions I hear relates to what a person is required to do during a DUI investigation and the consequences of

Importance of Hiring a Phoenix DUI Lawyer

Arizona is one of the strictest states in the country for DUI’s.  As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I have handled almost every single type of case, from criminal speeding to very serious drug cases.  Out of the hundreds of criminal charges, driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the very few where