Soon every Arizona driver involved in a collision in which someone was injured or killed might have to be tested for alcohol or drugs. The bill is informally called “Joe’s Law,” after Joseph Smith, a Phoenix teenager who was killed in a crash on Interstate 10. Because the semi driver responsible … [Read more...] about Mandatory DUI Tests after Injury or Death: Arizona Debates “Joe’s Law”
In the US, 18-year-olds can’t buy alcohol anywhere. Anywhere. They can drink alcohol in some states. Believe it or not quite a few states allow minors to consume alcohol with parents’ consent in a private home. And even without parental consent in some places. Laws are confusing. But Arizona … [Read more...] about Should Arizona Allow 18-Year-Olds to Serve Drinks?
Complex as alcohol and drunk driving issues are, they can seem simple compared with the challenges that marijuana poses to the legal system. A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision highlights just how different the two drugs are. In December the court ruled that medical marijuana patients … [Read more...] about Arizona Opens Can of Worms: Driving with Marijuana Now Legal (Sometimes)
Many traffic laws are passed out of an urgent need to improve public safety, and we’re often impatient to see results. But it takes time to prove the effects of such laws. So it has been with ignition interlock laws. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if … [Read more...] about Road Death Survey: Proof Arizona Ignition Interlock Law Works!
Repeat DWI offenders are scary people. Once arrested, fined, and even jailed, they get back on the road despite the alcohol in their veins, and as a result they become extremely dangerous. Like many states, North Carolina has a repeat DWI problem that it hasn’t fully addressed. Each year alcohol … [Read more...] about Will North Carolina Get These 2 Vital Anti-DWI Laws?
This article on Arizona DUI penalties comes from Gordon Thompson, a Phoenix DUI/DWI & Criminal Defense Attorney. It previously appeared on his firm's blog. Arizona has what are probably the harshest Misdemeanor DUI sentencing penalties and laws in the country. A guide to a summary of those … [Read more...] about Guide To Arizona Misdemeanor DUI Penalties & Sentencing Laws
One of the most contested areas in drunk driving law is sobriety test refusal. Many drivers are not sure if they are allowed to refuse a breath, blood, or urine test after a DUI arrest. Adding to the confusion is that there are generally two tests – the breath test given by an officer at the scene, … [Read more...] about Arizona: Police Can No Longer Tell Drunk Drivers that DUI Tests Are Required
In his song “Worry Worry” the late blues singer B.B. King offered an excuse for a romantic transgression: "BABY! You know when I goofed last week I was high... you know when you're high it don't count.” And maybe in the world of love you can get away with it – though we're not placing any … [Read more...] about Don’t Blame Me for Driving Drunk – I Was Drunk at the Time!