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

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.

DUI Penalties at the North Mesa Justice Court

If you are reading this blog, it’s because you, a friend, or family member have been charged with a DUI and you’re interested in knowing the consequences. The consequences all depend on the type of DUI you are facing. The higher your blood alcohol content or breath alcohol content, the stiffer the penalties become. For first time DUIs at the North Mesa Justice Court, you could be facing as much as 45 days in jail. In addition to jail time, you may also run the risk of losing your license and having a breathalyzer your car for 18 months. If you have a job that requires driving, you may lose your job. That’s the bad news. The good news, our lawyers are experienced with handling DUIs at the N. Mesa Justice Court and we would be glad to help you.

Second time DUI Penalties at Gilbert Court

DUI penalties become much harsher the second time. In Arizona, courts consider a previous DUI if it took place within seven years of your current DUI. The consequences of your second DUI all depend on the type of DUI your second DUI may be.

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!

Top Rated Florence Arizona DUI Lawyers

DUI Lawyers in Florence, Arizona As one of the busiest criminal defense and DUI law firms in Arizona, clients from across the entire State hire us to defend their DUI cases. Although our principal office is located in Tempe, our reputation for providing aggressive, smart and effective results have caused so many people to hire

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.

Received a DUI in Glendale, Arizona – Now What?

Received a DUI in Glendale, Arizona – Now What? Because of the Cardinals, Coyotes, concerts and shows, Glendale is one of the busiest cities in Arizona when it comes to DUI arrests. Police know people are tailgating and partying at the venues. If you’ve ever been to an event at Westgate, you know navigating the

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

Perfect Example Why You NEED To Hire a DUI Lawyer

Perfect Example Why You NEED To Hire a DUI Lawyer This morning, a fellow attorney called me to ask questions about his friend’s DUI case.  I routinely receive calls like this. It makes me proud knowing that others within the legal community perceive me as an authoritative figure with regard to DUI and criminal defense. 

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.

Car Impounded After DUI Arrest

Car Impound After DUI Arrest There are a lot of details to a DUI arrest that many people aren’t aware of until they are actually going through it themselves. Even for those who have recently been arrested, the process is extremely complicated and confusing, adding to the stress already present while facing a criminal charge.

What Are The Consequences of an Underage DUI at Mesa Court

Under 21 DUI Cases in Mesa Our law firm regularly represents clients arrested for DUI who are under 21. While it is against the law for a person to drive a vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08, it is against the law for a person under 21 to operate a vehicle with

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 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.

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. 

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

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