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.

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

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.

Gilbert, Arizona DUI Lawyer

Arrested for a DUI in Gilbert? You need a defense lawyer with proven results. Let’s discuss how our attorneys can dismiss your Gilbert Court case!

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.

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.

Chandler Red Light Cameras Are Back

Chandler Red Light Cameras Are Back Watch out East Valley drivers: Chandler has plans to reactivate the red light running / speed cameras at 7 intersections over the next month, in attempts to curb bad habits and dangerous accidents.  (Chandler Police actually admitted that one of the reasons for reactivating these cameras is for revenue

Surprising Labor Day Weekend DUI Stats

The Labor Day Weekend DUI statistics are out and they might surprise you.  DUI arrests were 20% down from last year.  The number of repeat offenders and the average BAC, however, went up.  This means more felony DUI and aggravated DUI charges.  The police task forces were out and about over the long weekend, conducting

I’m being charged with my second DUI in Mesa

Although Arizona DUI penalties are strict, second time DUI penalties can be astonishing. Under Arizona law, if a person receives a second DUI within a seven year period, they could be facing as much as 180 days in jail. The seven year period begins from the date of the first arrest, not the conviction.   It

Mesa’s DUI Penalties Reflect its Label as Most Conservative City

The DUI outcomes in Mesa are different than the DUI penalties in other courts.  A proper DUI defense needs to be handled carefully, thoughtfully and timely.  Most of our clients are very good people who just made a poor decision.  We can help.  We understand that a DUI conviction may cause tension with your spouse or result in career consequences. 

Repeat DUIs get Flagstaff man in hot water

A man from Flagstaff has been arrested and charged for the third time in two months…all three incidents include DUI charges.  Jimmy Curley, Jr. was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly hit other vehicles and showed signs of impairment.  He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.  The other two incidents occurred

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

New Supreme Court ruling on DUI warrants

A new ruling in the Supreme Court last week limits the ability of police to take blood samples during a DUI stop without a warrant.  The Supreme Court voted to pass this but disagreed on what kind of guidance police will be given to determine when a warrant is required.  The concern spurring this opinion

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

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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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