Articles Tagged with Maricopa County

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Police may soon be able to conduct roadside testing for impaired driving due to Marijuana and numerous other drugs.

Currently, drug and Marijuana DUI can only be detected in a driver’s blood stream through chemical testing such as DUI blood or urine tests. These methods are intrusive, and sometimes take weeks for the results to be processed.

The new hand-held drug DUI detection device was designed by scientists in Sweden and known as “SensAbues”. It works much like an alcohol breath test which requires the subject to breath into a mouthpiece to enable the filtration and entrapment of certain particles to be examined by police.

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The Maricopa County Attorney’s office recently issued a press release about Maricopa County Prosecutors preparing to receive some of the most advance training available, to enhance prosecution of drug impaired drivers.

Drug DUI charges now constitute almost half of DUI charges. It is also reported that drug impaired drivers make up about 50% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and serious motor vehicle accidents.

The officers will be sent for a week long course taught by internationally recognized experts in a variety of fields related to Drug effects and DUI impairments. Subjects will include:

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This week, the State of Arizona granted Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) a sum of $230,000.00 for DUI and Speeding enforcement.  The funds will be used to increase patrols; pay over-time for DUI investigations; drug recognition; and detention.

In addition to having some of the toughest laws and penalties for DUI – DWI, Arizona also has some of the best Impaired Driver enforcement programs in the USA.  For police officers they provide strong training programs; opportunities for Drug and DUI phlebotomy training; Drug Recognition Education (DRE);  tenured prosecutor as the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (“TSRP”).; Defense Expert Banks;  extra funding for special task forces such as DUI and Underage drinking;  special motorcycle task forces; other DUI processing vehicles and other resources.

Arizona DUI laws

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sponsored research that focused on motorcycle DUI – DWI indicators. These are early cues police may use to detect a non-impaired driver from an impaired driver who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Motor Cycle DUI Indicators

NHTSA’s recent studies turned up 14 indicators, as well as probability levels of certain driving behaviors being consistent with impaired or drunk driving:

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Some call the conditions in Sheriff Joe’s controversial Tent city, cruel and inhumane. In the Arizona desert heat during the summer, temperatures inside the sun beaten tents often soar as to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Some reported temperatures have been reported as high as 150 degrees

Sheriff Joe Arpaio defends his position on the conditions in Tent City. He repeatedly argues that conditions are no worse than the conditions US military service men and women on active duty experience in the Middle East.

One Tent City employee who worked as a cook for the inmates claimed ingredients had often expired, and the kitchen was filled with roaches and rats.

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Jurisdiction as it relates to criminal charges, and the court which has the authority to hear the criminal case. Each court has designated jurisdictional authority over specific types of cases such as Felonies or Misdemeanors. The Court in where the case will initially be heard, should appear on the Citation or Complaint document they received at the time of their arrest or by mail. Arizona law extends jurisdictional authority to certain courts for specific types of cases as follows:

1)      Felony charges are heard in Arizona Superior Court.  AZ Superior Court is considered one entity. However, there are different locations serving Arizona, and Maricopa County.

2)      Misdemeanor cases are held in lower courts including municipal Courts, city courts and Justice Courts.