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Get to know Arizona DUI laws

Arizona defines impaired driving as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of at least .08% (.04% for commercial drivers and anything over .0% for drivers younger than 21). If an officer stops you for suspicion of driving under the influence, you must submit to a breath or blood…

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When is a DUI a felony in Arizona?

In most cases, a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Arizona counts as a misdemeanor. However, there are certain types of DUI behavior that the state considers felonies. These violations are also known as “aggravated DUI” behaviors. The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety provides…

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DUI enforcement in Arizona is about to become more aggressive

No one needs to tell you that drunk driving is a mistake. Not only may you seriously injure yourself and others in an alcohol-related car crash, but you may face stiff legal penalties if your blood alcohol concentration is above Arizona’s 0.08% legal limit. Even worse, enforcement of the state’s DUI laws…

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What are the consequences for drunk driving?

If you choose to drive drunk in Arizona, the consequences can vary based on if this has happened before, how old you are and how much alcohol was in your system while you were driving. These are just a few factors that the Arizona Department of Public Safety identify as considerations when…

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3 Things About Arraignments You May Not Know

What is an arraignment? An arraignment is a pre-trial process. It is to tell the defendants of the charges and what their legal rights are. Arraignments make sure the defendant has an attorney if needed, enter a plea and set a date for the trial. Rule 14 of the Arizona…

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Understanding when police can legally search a car

These days, more and more people feel concerned about police in Arizona and elsewhere. Citizens need to understand their rights, so they can exercise and protect them. If a person is ever pulled over, Flex Your Rights explains when the police have permission to search that individual’s vehicle. Understanding essential facts can…

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Know Immigration Consequences Before Taking a Plea

Anyone who has ever faced criminal charges knows how stressful they can be. Navigating the American justice system can be both confusing and frightening. Often, criminal defendants elect to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors. While judges must ultimately approve any agreement made, prosecutors and defendants typically enjoy wide latitude…

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What to do when pulled over for suspicion of drug use

Police officers can spot driving behaviors that may indicate intoxication or a driver under the influence of drugs. When they pull you over, they will look for other indicators such as watery or red eyes, difficulty speaking and the inability to walk normally. Not all officers can recognize drug use,…

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Are collateral consequences fair?

Many people may be familiar with consequences that may be part of their criminal conviction, such as the loss of a driver’s license after a DUI. While this collateral consequence may cause serious hardship, it does make sense in that there is a direct relationship between the offense and the consequence.…

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Are you eligible for drug court in Maricopa County?

A Maricopa County drug charge often brings with it considerable penalties. Many of these penalties seek to hold you accountable for your actions, rather than provide you with the tools you need to get better. Maricopa County drug courts, however, present a potential alternative to traditional penalties. If you gain…

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New Arizona Controlled Substance Law Goes into Effect in 2020

A June 11, 2019 indictment in Arizona charged 11 people with prescription fraud, accusing them of allegedly stealing the identities of health care workers to write fake prescriptions. The investigation started in 2018 and ended with the state’s Attorney General’s Office identifying 36 separate transactions involving fraudulent prescriptions for opioids.…

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Dispose of unused medications

When a doctor prescribes you medication, it comes with certain responsibilities. The expectation is that you will use it only as directed, keep it away from unauthorized users and properly dispose of any leftover portion. Prescriptions only remain in effect for limited amounts of time. Even if you initially got…

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