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Longtime readers of our DUI defense blog know that our state is known for tough drunk driving laws and harsh punishments. The Legal Reader is the latest publication to recognize Arizona’s unyielding approach, naming it the very worst of the “Worst States in Which to Get a DUI.” The Reader shares advice that we are happy to agree with: if you’re arrested for drunk driving in Arizona, you should get “the best DUI defense attorney you can find.” When you look at the punishments possible for a DUI conviction here, it isn’t hard to understand why we keep topping…
Back in 1984, phones could only make phone calls and typewriters were still a thing. Prince, Tina Turner and Van Halen sold millions of records (vinyl was a thing back then, too) and the popular movies of 1984 were “Ghostbusters,” “Karate Kid” and “Footloose.” Though most of that era’s pop culture has faded into history, the decision made 36 years ago to raise the minimum drinking age to 21 still stands today. Rethinking the drinking age Twelve years ago, former Middlebury College president John McCardell led the “Rethink the Drinking Age” movement that garnered support from college students and more…
The tensions between law enforcement and many United States citizens is palpable. When a cop pulls out behind you or seemingly comes out of nowhere to pull you over, what thoughts go through your mind? What emotions are you feeling? More than likely, you are nervous, anxious, stressed, irritated, scared or all of the above. These feelings have been felt by citizens for a long time when confronted by a police officer, even if they know that they did nothing wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt. Now, while law enforcement officers should be able and trained to control their…
As you know, your smartphone knows just about everything. It can give you turn-by-turn directions around the Phoenix metro area, and it can play songs and games, show movies, answer questions, give advice and yes, it can even make phone calls. You can add one more thing to the list of amazing things your smartphone can do: it can tell when you have had too much to drink. According to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, by detecting changes in your walk, you phone can determine if you have consumed too much alcohol. Can it…
Labor Day celebrations traditionally include family, friends, food and fun. Another Labor Day tradition begins well before the holiday, however: ramped up DUI patrols across the Phoenix metro area. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began its “annual high-visibility enforcement campaign” nationwide a few days ago “to help combat drunk- and drug-impaired driving.” Making their presence known It should be noted that “high-visibility enforcement campaign” means that police agencies roll out extra DUI patrols, typically concentrated on busy streets and near clubs and bars. In that way, as many drivers as possible see traffic stops and flashing police-car…
Rosenstein Law Group is excited to announce that two of our attorneys have received an award from the legal profession’s most respected peer-review publication, The Best Lawyers in America©.   Craig Rosenstein recognized by Best Lawyers® We would like to congratulate the founder of Rosenstein Law Group, attorney Craig Rosenstein. Craig has been named to the 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© list for his work in DUI/DWI Defense. Selection is the result of a rigorous peer–review process that includes the country’s top attorneys. Less than 5% of licensed attorneys in the United States are so honored. This is the second year that Craig Rosenstein has been selected by The Best Lawyers of…
In the early part of July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that backers say could eventually eliminate drunk driving. The House passed a bill that would require auto manufacturers to include technology in all new vehicles that would function as an ignition interlock device. Here’s how ignition interlocks work Regular readers of our Arizona DUI Defense Blog know that state law mandates that drivers convicted of DUI must install an ignition interlock in their vehicle at their expense. The devices sample the driver’s breath; if an impermissible level of alcohol is detected, the vehicle will not…
No state is tougher on impaired drivers than Arizona. Of course, most people think of DUI when they think of impaired driving, but the reality of Arizona law is that it’s illegal to drive “while under the influence of . . . any drug . . . if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.” “Any drug” refers, of course, to marijuana and other illegal drugs, but it also refers to perfectly legal medications prescribed to you by a physician or purchased over the counter at a pharmacy. In fact, it is possible to be arrested for driving under…
In a year of pandemic, an economic slowdown and civil unrest, it is not surprising that the celebration of the nation’s birthday was also unusual. There were fewer fireworks displays than normal this year, less holiday traffic and dramatically fewer drunk driving arrests across Arizona. Big drop in 2020 According to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, 193 were arrested for DUI over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3 through July 5).  Last year, there were 512 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend – more than twice as many as this year’s total. Fifty-one of this year’s arrests…
Many who drive in the Phoenix metro area and elsewhere around Arizona would have expected the state to be ranked at the top of a list of worst drivers. So there might be a small sense of relief that Arizona drivers were only ranked the sixth-worst in the nation, according to a recent study. Financial advising company SmartAsset used data from four metrics to rank drivers in each of 50 states. They analyzed the numbers in each state’s percentage of insured drivers, fatalities per 100 million miles driven, internet search trends and the number of drunk driving arrests per 1,000…
Many Arizona workers rely on their commercial driver’s license (CDL) to support themselves and their families. The trucking industry in Arizona employs more than 100,000 employees. Construction workers often need to apply for a CDL to haul equipment or to operate heavy machinery as a part of their daily work. Bus, shuttle and limo drivers need a CDL to show that they can operate these large passenger vehicles. With your income and career at stake, it is important to know how a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction could impact the license that you rely on. Arizona has some…
Arizona is known across the country as one of the toughest states on drunk driving. Penalties for a DUI conviction include mandatory jail time, heavy fines, required alcohol screening/education/treatment, automatic driver’s license suspension and mandatory installation at your expense of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. The costs of those penalties in both personal and financial terms are heavy, but those costs are not the only ones to pay after an Arizona DUI arrest and conviction. There are hidden costs as well, including the following: Employment: a drunk driving conviction goes onto your criminal record. Employers today are more…
We have become so used to our electronic devices that we sometimes fail to notice how much screen-time we have each day and how much we have come to rely on our connected gear. Most of us value the convenience of access to almost unlimited information at any time and any place that our devices afford us. But there is mounting evidence that the information and entertainment we crave can be dangerous. A recent study shows that the infotainment systems standard on new vehicles are so distracting that their impact on driver response times is even more detrimental than drinking
Recently announced research findings are being heralded as a big step forward in the development of an electronic marijuana breathalyzer. Chemists said in a peer-reviewed American Chemical Society journal that they have found the key chemical needed to develop a breathalyzer that will be able to detect if people are driving while high on cannabis. While chemists might not recognize that there is a significant problem here, defense attorneys certainly do: breathalyzers are flawed devices that far too often generate inaccurate readings that result in unwarranted DUI arrests. Police departments across Arizona and the nation are eager for a…
Information about the novel coronavirus dominates news reports on Phoenix-area TV and radio stations – with much of it grim. There are sometimes reports about individual acts of heroism and bravery by first responders, doctors and others, however, as well as stories about how Americans are pulling together to contain and defeat the virus. We also saw a recent report that Arizona is experiencing a significant decrease in the number of motorists who are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. It is not difficult to understand why there has been a dramatic drop-off in…
Is it possible falling asleep in your vehicle after a night of drinking can sometimes get you charged with driving under the influence in Arizona? In some states, only if there is proof you were actually driving the vehicle while under the influence. However, in Arizona, there are two ways to get a charged with a DUI: Driving while impaired to the slightest degree or over a .08 Being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while you are impaired to the slightest degree or over a .08 So being caught sleeping or “behind the wheel” in a car…