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

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

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.

Liquored up Leprechauns behind the wheel: call Tempe DUI attorney

Here’s to a good week back to work after a green beer-soaked weekend.  Thousands of people turned Irish for one day to celebrate a traditional St. Patricks Day with corned beef, cabbage, green garb and of course green beer.  The drinking has become the largest part of March 17th, resulting in a high number of

Call top Tempe DUI lawyer if you are arrested for DUI or extreme DUI

It is not every day you see a new story about a police officer being arrested for driving under the influence. Today, a member of the University of Arizona police department is making headlines himself rather than the criminals he arrests.  To add the embarrassment and seriousness of the crime, the officer is a sergeant,

Clients are thankful for hiring experienced Tempe DUI attorney

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends, enjoying good food and good company, giving thanks for everything we are grateful for.  For many it is the kickoff to the holiday season.  Like any other holiday, many will celebrate with a group of people and unwind with some alcoholic drinks.  Also like other

Fierce Arizona DUI Attorney Answers Your DUI Questions

Don’t Get the Max – Call an Arizona DUI Attorney Another Hollywood DUI arrest hopefully sends a message that no one is above the law when it comes to carelessly driving impaired.  R&B singer Miguel was arrested in Los Angeles early this morning after being pulled over for speeding and having tinted windows.  Having a

Football season brings with it more DUI call Glendale DUI Lawyer

Glendale DUI attorney Don’t Get Blitzed – Call a Glendale DUI Lawyer Football season is almost upon us; happy news for many Cardinals fans in Arizona.  The first Cardinals game will air tonight, pitting the birds against the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game.  Preseason games get fans and players alike pumped up for

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

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. 

Graduation Parties bring more DUIs to state

Congratulations to the class of 2013!  School is finally finished and you are going out into the world, but not without a fun graduation send-off with family and friends.  Many of you are celebrating this huge accomplishment with a BBQ or party, and no graduation celebration would be complete without some cold beers or mixed

Repeat DUIs get Flagstaff man in hot water

A man from Flagstaff has been arrested and charged for the third time in two months…all three incidents include DUI charges.  Jimmy Curley, Jr. was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly hit other vehicles and showed signs of impairment.  He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident.  The other two incidents occurred

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

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

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

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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