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.

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.

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

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

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Underage Drinking at Spring Training Games – You’re Out!

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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

Mark Grace Sentenced to 4 Months in Jail for Aggravated DUI Conviction

When people say Maricopa County is one of the harshest on DUI offenders, they aren’t kidding. If convicted of a DUI in Maricopa County, you have a good chance of ending up in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s tent city. Former Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs first basemen Mark Grace is no exception. Grace was arrested for

Drunk Driver Hits City Bus in Tempe. Don’t be Impaired by the Insurance Company – Hire a Lawyer!

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Three People Injured in a Pedicab Wreck in Scottsdale Caused by a Drunk Driver

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Arizona Tips on What to do if Stopped for DUI

There is so much incorrect information circulated about what to do if you are pulled over and you have been drinking.  As a prominent DUI attorney, I am absolutely astounded to hear non-lawyers try to give legal advice when they don’t have the slightest clue as to what they are talking about.  For some reason,

My Lawyer Wouldn’t Take My DUI to Trial – What!?!

DUI’s are one of the most difficult criminal cases to try in front of a jury.  I can’t understand why so many people believe that just because someone has a blood alcohol concentration of over .08, they are automatically guilty of DUI.  What people have to remember is – they have a constitutional right for

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,