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

Do I Have To Do A Roadside Field Sobriety Test?

Roadside sobriety tests, by design, allow an officer to determine whether there is probable cause to charge a motorist with Driving under the Influence (DUI). The test results, however, are based on the officer’s personal perception in a lot of cases. For instance, if the officer is convinced that you have been drinking, but you

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

Scottsdale DUI attorney warns Waste Management Open fans of DUI risks

The grass, the sun, the crowds, the golf, and of course the drinks! This is what draws tens of thousands of people to this weekend’s Waste Management Open in Scottsdale.  Drinking and rowdy fans make this golf tournament different from all other tournaments.  It makes for a fun event for people of all ages.  This

Arizona DUI attorney helps wrong way drivers back on the right path

A Phoenix woman was arrested last week after she was seen driving the wrong way on Interstate 17.  Officials allege that the woman was driving under the influence of alcohol.  She has been charged with numerous counts including DUI, aggravated assault, and five counts of endangerment.  Luckily for other drivers, and the woman herself, there

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. 

Trying To Beat The heat? Avoid An OUI On The Water

It’s no secret that Arizona is one of the toughest states on DUI’s. People know the risks of getting caught drinking and driving and many choose not to do so in fear of the thousands in fines, jail time, alcohol education classes, and court appearances. What many people forget, however, is that you can get

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

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

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

I’ve Never Had a DUI, Why am I Being Charged with a Felony?

Periodically, I will receive a phone call from someone who has never been arrested for a DUI and cannot understand why their DUI arrest has resulted in a felony charge.  The conversations I have with these potential clients tend to be sobering.  In Arizona, there are a few ways someone can be charged with a

I Got a DUI – What’s Going to Happen to my License?

The driver’s license portion of a DUI case is one of the more complicated issues to understand. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Arizona, typically the police officer will take your driver’s license and provide you with a form labeled “Admin Per Se / Implied Consent.”  This form will act as your

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

Scottsdale DUI Dismissal – You Can Win These Cases!!

I represented a client who was arrested in downtown Scottsdale for a driving while under the influence charge.  The officer made the initial stop because he observed driving behavior consistent with impaired driving.  Once stopped, the officer pursued an investigation – based on client’s mannerisms – mannerisms that one may have if they were impaired

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,

Aggravated DUI w/ Probation Violation

I recently had a case where my client was on probation for resisting arrest, a class 6 felony, and was subsequently arrested and charged with Aggravated DUI.  In Arizona, Aggravated DUI is a class 4 felony.  There are few ways in which someone can be charged with Aggravated DUI – some of the more commons

Importance of Interviewing Arresting Officer for DUI Cases

When deciding on the right lawyer to help fight your DUI case, it is of the utmost importance that your lawyer promise to interview the arresting police officer.  Interviewing the officer allows your attorney to analyze facts beyond what is contained in a police report.  If the police officer provides information that is inconsistent with