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

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

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.

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

Viral DUI checkpoint video challenges police protocol

A video of a Tennessee man being stopped at a DUI checkpoint over the weekend has gone viral.  The video, taken by a hidden camera in the car, shows the police intimidating the driver and searching his vehicle after a K9 supposedly sniffed drugs, when in fact the driver had not been drinking at all

Casinos plan to expand alcohol use

Navajo officials are proposing a change in tribal law that would expand the allowed areas for alcohol to be served within their Arizona casinos. Currently alcohol use in casinos can only be served and consumed in the restaurants, and is not allowed on the gaming floor.  The change would allow alcohol to be taken to

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. 

Joint Tempe and Scottsdale DUI Task Force on the prowl

The DUI hunt was on in full force this weekend, looking for any driver that appears to be impaired.  Tempe and Scottsdale police, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office joined forces for a DUI task force for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with a command post

St. Patrick’s Day: Green Beer and Driving don’t mix

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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

Be Careful What You Drink at Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season for DUI’s. The holidays puts everyone in a celebratory mood – vacations, lax atmosphere at work, shopping, and holiday parties.  Everyone knows holiday parties are fun – finally get to see coworkers in a comfortable, casual environment, and lots of free booze!  Just because we all love celebrating the holidays, doesn’t mean

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,

Scottsdale Cop Misstates Law in a DUI Investigation

I represented a client recently for a DUI charge. After reviewing the police report and interviewing the police officer, I found out the officer told my client that he had no legal right to refuse field sobriety tests.  Officer said that he couldn’t physically make him perform the tests, but he had no legal right

Scottsdale DUI – Don’t Trust Blood Results!!!

In preparation for a DUI trial I had this week at Scottsdale Municipal Court, my investigation revealed that there have been significant issues with the Scottsdale Police Department’s gas chromatogram (machine used to determine blood alcohol concentration). Some of my findings include maintenance and calibration issues.  Additionally, I have uncovered many human errors during the

Arizona State Representative Arrested for DUI in Scottsdale.

No one is above the law in Scottsdale, Arizona, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol.  Recently, Arizona State Representative, David Smith was arrested for DUI in Scottsdale.  According to Scottsdale police, David was pulled over after they noticed his car swerving into oncoming traffic.When the police approached David, they reported

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,