DUI Checkpoints, Task Forces, And You

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It’s fall. The holidays are approaching and as always, that means heightened enforcement of DUI laws in Arizona. DUI “task forces” will be looking to arrest anyone suspected of driving under the influence. If you’re arrested for DUI in the Phoenix area or anywhere in Arizona over the holidays, don’t expect leniency. You won’t find any in Arizona if you’re accused of DUI. Instead, contact an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer immediately after an arrest and obtain the legal advice and services you’ll require.

Be courteous and friendly if you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Don’t argue, resist, or have an attitude, and you’ll probably move quickly and successfully through the checkpoint. If you are asked to take a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test – and you have not yet been arrested – you may refuse, but you probably shouldn’t. Your “right” to decline a DUI test prior to an arrest is little more than a mere technicality. Your refusal to test will usually be considered “probable cause,” you’ll be arrested, and then you must submit to the test or your license will be suspended for a year whether or not you are eventually convicted of the DUI charge. If the police request a DUI test, it’s probably better to submit to it – your DUI attorney can challenge the results later.

If you drink more than a single 12-ounce beer or one 6-ounce glass of wine, you should probably get a full night’s sleep before driving again. If you weigh less than a hundred pounds, don’t drink at all if you plan to drive. However, if you’re arrested and charged with DUI, at a sobriety checkpoint or anywhere else, a good DUI lawyer can review your case and provide an aggressive legal defense on your behalf. After any DUI arrest now or in the future – in the Phoenix area or anywhere in the state – contact an experienced Phoenix DUI lawyer at once.

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