Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix

When you are charged with a crime, your life and reputation are on the line. Regardless of the circumstances, the first step to take once you are charged is finding the best criminal defense attorney to represent your case. Fight for your future by hiring Matthew Lopez, one of the top criminal defense lawyers in

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,

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.

July 4th DUI patrols out in full force

Celebrating Independence Day this week is something many of you are looking forward to, especially if you are lucky enough to have the day off.  July 4th is often commemorated with cooling off in a pool, enjoying a barbeque, and sipping on some cold beers.  Holidays are always a big time of year for DUIs. 

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

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

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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Lake Havasu Boat DUI Attorney – Don’t Find Yourself in Hot Water

The beautiful warm weather is almost here which also brings in boating season. Boating can be a thrilling and fun experience for you to have with family and friends; Lake Havasu is the perfect place for it. Lake Havasu, located within driving distance from Phoenix, is a hot spot for boating, jet skis, water skiing and other fun-in-the-sun activities during the hot summer months.

Beer Lovers Rejoice…but not behind the wheel!

With the rise in popularity of locally brewed craft beers in Arizona, February 16-23 has been designated Arizona Beer Week.  The celebration consists of hundreds of beer festivals and activities around the Valley, ranging in size, to give beer lovers a taste of what suds Arizona has to offer.  Before you partake in the festivities

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

My Hangover’s Fading – What should I do about my DUI?!?

So you were out celebrating New Year’s, had a little too much to drink, decided to drive and got a DUI? Look at the silver lining, you weren’t the only person in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, or Chandler to be arrested for drinking and driving.  The truth is, last night, hundreds of people were arrested around

DUI Patrols on Westside New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is a night to party.  We celebrate with friends and family in an effort to say goodbye to last year and welcome the endless possibilities of what is to come in the new year.  Please be very careful celebrating.  Drinking is fun; but, one drink leads to two drinks, leads to three

Phoenix Man Killed by a Drunk Driver

A Phoenix man was involved in a minor car accident today that turned deadly.  When the man who was hit confronted the driver, the driver took off in his vehicle, hit the man, and dragged him several hundred feet to his death.  The driver of the vehicle was drunk and is now being charged with