Arizona Court of Appeals overturns trial court and allows expert to testify regarding blood draw that took place more than two hours after driving.
Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 10:36 am
On March 28, 2014, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a trial court order precluding the State’s expert from testifying that, based upon his retrograde extrapolation calculation, a defendant’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the legal limit within two hours of driving even though the blood wasn’t draw until four hours after the alleged driving ended and there was no evidence presented about the defendant’s eating and drinking history prior to the traffic stop.
Have you or a loved one been arrested for a DUI where the chemical test was administered more than two hours after you stopped driving?
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Posted on Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 10:54 am
If you have been accused of a DUI over the holiday season, there are a obviously a number challenges that you are facing.
The first thing to consider is whether to hire a lawyer to represent you. An experienced Arizona DUI lawyer has the ability to change the outcome of your case, but it is going to take a legal or factual issue with the case to change that outcome. The only way to know whether there are any legal or factual issues with your case is to have an Arizona DUI lawyer conduct his or her own independent investigation into the DUI case — and typically simply reviewing a police report isn’t going to get the job done.
What many people don’t realize is that the police report is NOT evidence in an Arizona DUI case. It is simply the officer’s observations. The officer’s job is to collect as much information as he or she deems appropriate to obtain a conviction. Accordingly, the Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. typically don’t see errors in the case as written down by the officer. It takes a thorough interview of the officer to discover what the officer DIDN’T write down and how it could impact your case.
If you are charged with a DUI, you owe it to yourself to call the Arizona DUI Lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. serves all of Arizona and has offices available in Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale. Call now: (602) 510-9999.
Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 10:10 am
More than 4,000 drivers suspected of driving under the influence in Arizona were apprehended by special DUI task force officers during this past holiday season.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported 4,371 drivers were apprehended by deployed DUI task force officers between November 24 and January 1. The arrest includes 1,098 arrests for suspected extreme DUI, 450 arrests for suspected aggravated DUI, and 934 arrests for drug-related incidents. The blood-alcohol average of those who were arrested was 0.15 percent, while the legal blood-alcohol content is 0.08 percent.
Records showed an increase in the number of DUI arrests from the year 2012 to 2013 mostly in several areas. These include violations such as extreme DUI, seatbelt citations, and child restraint violations.
If you were arrested for DUI, make sure you have the right representation on your side. Contact the experienced DUI attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., today by calling 602-510-9999.
Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 7:40 am
Arizona law enforcement officials are cracking down on drinking and driving during the holiday season, launching a special task force to identify drunk drivers on the road. This is being accomplished primarily through the use of checkpoints, although officers have also been dispatched to patrol roadways throughout the state.
Arizona is noted as having some of the toughest DUI laws in the country, and this special holiday task force is part of the state’s overall DUI policy. Already this holiday season, the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force has made a number of arrests. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, this group made 61 arrests, consisting of 58 misdemeanor DUI charges and 3 felony DUI charges.
The penalties for DUI conviction in Arizona are significant, so if you have been issued any alcohol-related driving charge, you cannot leave your defense to chance. For the aggressive legal defense you need, contact the Arizona DUI lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., today by calling 602-510-9999.
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Nikolai Khabibulin, goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers, was sentenced to 15 days in an Arizona jail along with 15 days house arrest after his arrest in 2010 for drunk driving.
Khabibulin was pulled over in Phoenix for speeding last year and later, a blood test showed his blood alcohol level was .164, twice the legal limit. Along with his short jail sentence, the NHL player must also pay a $4,000 fine and complete an alcohol treatment program.
His sentence was initially appealed by his lawyer, but Khabibulin asked for it to be reimposed this past Tuesday.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact the Arizona DUI defense lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., by calling 602-510-9999 for the legal assistance you need.
Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 9:28 pm
The Yuma Police Department has announced that they will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint for Memorial Day weekend and are urging that those who plan to drink to get a designated driver.
The department is working to set up multiple DUI checkpoints across the area. Along with the checkpoints, additional police officers will be on the roadways to pull over drivers suspected of impaired driving.
The police department will be working with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Sheriff’s Office to provide the extra patrol. The first time offense for a DUI charge is one day in jail and a $1,480 fine.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious crime such as drunk driving, these charges can change your life. Contact the Arizona DUI lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., by calling 602-510-9999.
Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Earlier this month, officers from Pinal County held a regional DUI task force in accordance with the Country Thunder Music Festival. The festival is a four-day long, outdoor country music showcase in Florence, Arizona. Officers made over 100 arrests during their effort.
The Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force released a report stating 52 arrests were made for misdemeanor and felony crimes not related to alcohol, 29 were made for minor alcohol consumption, 20 misdemeanor DUIs, 2 aggravated DUIs, and 1 underage DUI.
Aggravated DUIs are issued to individuals who already have their license suspended from a prior DUI charge, extreme DUIs are issued to people with a blood alcohol content over .15 percent, and people with blood alcohol limits between .08 and .15 percent are issued misdemeanor DUIs.
If you or someone you know has questions about aggravated DUIs in Arizona, contact the Arizona aggravated DUI attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen P.C. at 602-510-9999 to learn more about defending yourself against DUI charges today.
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 1:34 pm
5 Arizona law enforcement agencies recently held what they call a “DUI Warrant Round-up”. Surprise, Scottsdale, Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department worked together to arrest individuals charged with driving under the influence who had not paid fines related to the charge or did not show up to court.
Members of the DUI warrant squad made around 30 arrests in the one-day round-up by targeting 80 people with warrants from DUI charges. Officers said that the individuals the warrant squad arrests are either taken to court to set up a payment plan for their fines or are taken to jail.
Individuals with warrants out for their arrest from a DUI charge are always able to turn themselves in at the DPS or court.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence and have questions about how to defend yourself, contact the Arizona DUI defense lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen P.C. at 602-510-9999 to set up an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys today.
Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Since Thanksgiving, there have been more than 2,700 driving under the influence arrests made in the state of Arizona. Last year, more than 3,600 drivers were arrested after Thanksgiving. Statewide, there have been 28,592 traffic stops since Thanksgiving. Approximately 10 percent of traffic stops resulted in DUI arrests.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says that 4,100 officers across the state are responsible for the DUI arrests. Within the 28,592 traffic stops, 2,507 were arrested for misdemeanor DUIs, 253 were arrested for aggravated DUIs and 698 were arrested for extreme DUIs where the driver had a blood alcohol content of over .15 percent. The legal blood alcohol content limit in Arizona is .08 percent.
If you have been stopped by an Arizona law enforcement officer and charged with driving under the influence, contact the Arizona DUI defense lawyers of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. at 602-510-9999 today to learn more about your rights.
Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Police in Arizona have reported an increased in the number of drivers they pull over and find are impaired by prescription drugs. In addition, they stated that drivers impaired by prescription drugs pose a problem for police because drivers impaired by prescription drugs are harder to recognize than drunk drivers and at times, harder to prosecute. A problem for drivers concerning prescription drugs is that it is easy to become impaired without purposefully misusing the medication.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a DRE, or drug recognition expert, training hub in Phoenix which educates law enforcement officers from across the country and Canada on recognizing the signs of a variety of different kinds of drugs. For example, stimulants make a person’s pupils more dilated and depressants make pupils smaller.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence of a prescription drug, contact the Arizona DUI defense attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen P.C. at 602-510-9999 to set up an appointment to discuss your options.