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Arizona DUI Arrest Statistics

In looking back over the last six years of DUI arrest statistics released by the Arizona Governor’s Office on Highway Safety (AGOHS), we see an alarming trend in DUI arrests with Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at the “Extreme” levels, which is 0.15 percent or higher. In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 the average Blood Alcohol Content has been over 0.152 percent. Initial reports released for the first quarter of 2014 are showing relentlessness in this trend. Drinking in excess of the extreme impaired driving laws has evidently become the norm, rather than the exception.

The legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol in Arizona is 0.08 percent. However, a motorist may still be arrested if they are driving under the influence with a BAC lower than 0.08 percent if they are found to be driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while “impaired to the slightest degree”.Extreme DUI BAC in Arizona is .015 percent; and Super Extreme BAC is .020 percent or greater.

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Misconduct with Weapons and DUI enforcement top police priority list.

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (AGOHS) is working closely with law enforcement agencies to conduct DUI task forces in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert AZ, this July 4, 2013 weekend.

According to the recent statistics reported by the National Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) nearly one third of all fatal auto accident were the result of impaired driving; and according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in every three people will be involved in an impaired driving motor vehicle accident. According to MADD, the average drunk driver gets behind the wheel to drive at least 80 times before they are arrested for their first DUI.

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How Arizona is Utilizing DUI Statistics to Combat Impaired Driving

Arizona DUI Arrest Statistics

On December 27, 2012 the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) released Statewide DUI enforcement statistics.

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“If you were arrested for DUI, you should become familiar with your rights, so you can preserve your defense options.”

An arrest is not a “guilty” verdict or conviction. It is an accusation of criminal charges, and the first stage of the criminal justice process. You have a constitutional right to defend the charges against you, and you should always invoke it. Your rights may be invoked following an arrest as follows:

  • Advise the arresting officer that you with to invoke your right to remain silent following your arrest, until your attorney can be present; If you simply remain silent, you will appear uncooperative, so you must either do so verbally or in writing;
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The first 24-48 hours of your arrest are crucial with regarding to your criminal defense. Many people arrested for DUI feel polarized and overwhelmed by the events. Below are proactive steps you can take which will enable you to regain control of the situation, your future and freedom. They will also increase your chances of getting a good outcome in your case.

10 Things to do after a Scottsdale DUI Arrest

In order to reduce the adverse impacts of your DUI, and increase the chance of getting favorable resolutions to your case, here are some things you should do:

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“Common Defenses used by the best DUI trial lawyers, that can lead to dismissal of DUI charges.”

DUI Arrest Gilbert AZ

If you were arrested in Gilbert, AZ for DUI, you have the right to defend your charges. The prosecution, and police work closely together to pursue DUI convictions.  Gilbert Police are known for their specialized DUI phlebotomy training and motorcycle units to seek out and arrest those driving impaired due to alcohol or drugs.  The penalties for a DUI conviction are severe and include jail time for misdemeanor, first offense DUI charges.  You should consult  a  DUI attorney who defends charges in Gilbert AZ frequently. If retained, they may be able to find defenses that can be used to challenge and effectively defend your charges.  In some cases, the defenses will lead to a suppression of evidence, reduction of charges or dismissal of the charges.

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“If you retain legal representation early enough, your attorney may be able to keep your Misdemeanor charges from being elevated to a Felony. In some cases, your attorney can help to prevent criminal charges from being brought at all.”

Arrested for DUI or other Crime in Chandler AZ  

If you were arrested for a DUI or criminal charges in Chandler, and you are not sure if they are  misdemeanor or felony charges,  you should contact a criminal defense attorney. You can discuss the events that have taken place; documents received; and your concerns. They will be able to provide you with insight concerning your charges and potential defense options.

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“If there was no “Probable Cause for Arrest”, a good Phoenix criminal defense attorney may be able to get your Phoenix DUI charges dismissed.”

“Probable Cause” for Arrest Standard

“Probable Cause” to arrest is a higher standard than “reasonable suspicion” to stop someone to for DUI or criminal charge investigation. The “Probable Cause” standard is a right that originates from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment requires that warrants and arrests be supported by “Probable Cause”. In other words, if no “probable cause for arrest” existed, then the arrest was unlawful; an unlawful arrest is a violation of your rights.

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“10 things to do after a Chandler DUI arrest that will help you recover from the DUI arrest, and even increase your chances of getting a DUI dismissal”.

DUI Arrest Chandler AZ

If you were arrested for DUI in Chandler AZ, and face active charges, you should consult a criminal defense attorney who defends DUI charges in Chandler as soon as possible. You will need a strong DUI attorney who will protect your rights through the DUI case stages. The Arizona penalties for DUI conviction are harsh and currently include mandatory jail time, even for non-extreme, first time offenders. The stakes are too high to go without good legal representation. There are also things you can do to take control of your life, and to prepare for the challenges ahead that surround the DUI charges.

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How to Protect Your Rights after a Tempe DUI Arrest

If you were arrested for DUI charges in Tempe AZ, you must to everything you can to protect your rights. By preserving your rights, your Tempe DUI lawyer can use them in your defense. Here are 5 important tips that will help you preserve your rights:

1) Never resist arrest – Once the police have decided to arrest you, they rarely change their mind.  To become argumentative, or to resist arrest, you will only make your situation worse. The police will add additional and more serious charges (such as resisting arrest, or assault to a police officer). Resisting arrest may also lead to physical harm to you as a result of the police using force to make the arrest.

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