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Most drunk driving cases are built on evidence gathered by police officers. While these men and women receive extensive training to perform their job duties, the truth of the matter is that they’re human. This means that they’re imperfect and they make mistakes. Sometimes they intentionally act in a way that gets them the results they want. Either way, a police officer’s testimony can threaten you with conviction, which is why you need to figure out your best options when it comes to addressing them as witnesses. How To Challenge Law Enforcement Testimony Law enforcement officers can be treated like…
When you hear the term “DUI,” you probably think of someone who was driving drunk. However, “DUI” stands for “driving under the influence.” The term is broad enough to include driving under the influence of any substance, legal or illegal. The law does not expressly forbid you from driving while you’re taking a legal prescription. However, the law does forbid you from driving under the influence. If the police suspect you’re impaired for any reason, they may place you under arrest. Were You Safe to Drive? If you’ve been charged with a prescription drug DUI, the prosecution will try…
You have undoubtedly noticed that when alcohol is consumed at social events, the effects of alcohol vary from person to person. You might have a friend who feels the effects after a single drink, while another might seem utterly unaffected by two or three. To understand how each individual is affected by alcohol, look at the interplay of factors and circumstances such as gender, weight, pace at which the alcohol is consumed, and so on. They help to determine impairment, as well as the likelihood of a DUI arrest. Factors Determining Impairment Levels Gender: in general, alcohol affects women…
Back in July, we noted that the number of people arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving during the Independence Day holiday was down sharply compared with 2019. At the time, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported just 193 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend. In 2019, law enforcement made 512 arrests. We suggested then (https://www.scottsdale-duilawyer.com/blog/2020/07/arizona-dui-arrests-were-dramatically-down-over-july-4th-weekend/) that the COVID-19 pandemic was a big factor in reducing arrests. With fewer people out celebrating, there were fewer allegedly drunk drivers for police and state troopers to pull over. New Holiday, the Same Story Now, the next major holiday weekend has…
Rosenstein Law Group is thrilled to announce that we have been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 1 practice area. To receive an award from the legal profession’s most respected peer-review publication is an absolute honor. Rosenstein Law Group, when considered against all other Arizona firms, was ranked in the following practice areas: Tier 1: DUI/DWI Defense Earlier this year, Rosenstein Law Groups founder Craig Rosenstein and attorney Timothy Hintze were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Craig was named to the 2021…
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…