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Stopped at a Phoenix DUI Task Force Checkpoint

Stopped at a Phoenix DUI Task Force Checkpoint

What is the Arizona DUI task force?

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) strives to prevent motorists from driving while impaired or intoxicated. AZGOHS awards grant funds to local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and nonprofit organizations to reduce alcohol-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Funds are awarded based on the need for the project as determined by the ratio of the number of alcohol-related accidents and deaths to the total number of accidents and fatalities in the geographic area. The Phoenix, Arizona, Department of Public Safety (#AZDPS) DUI task force is a multi-agency effort with federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Despite the efforts of the Phoenix, Arizona, DUI task force to increase their presence on the highways, Phoenix parents still tried to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol over the 2018 Halloween holiday. A 41-year-old woman taking six children under the age of 10 trick or treating in her SUV careened off the road and into a ditch at 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday evening. Her speech was slurred, and she reeked of alcohol when police arrived at the scene. Her blood-alcohol was twice the legal limit. She faces five counts of aggravated DUI, and she was drinking from an open container. Of course, she lost custody of the kids. In another incidence, a Phoenix police officer was injured when a vehicle rolled over onto him early Sunday at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. The driver, charged with driving under the influence, was in possession of controlled substances at the time of his arrest.

What is a First DUI Arrest?

A first DUI arrest is not the end of the world, but you will do at least minimal jail time, pay a fine, and loss of your driving privileges. Your car insurance premiums will drastically increase when you get driver’s license back. When you get pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be offered an opportunity to prove your innocence. The officer will decide what test of sobriety to provide you with. The officer may request that you get out of the car and walk in a straight line. If you refuse the test, your driver’s license will be suspended immediately.

How Can I Get My DUI Charges Reduced?

If you endangered children or injured others while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you’ll face serious criminal charges. If your first DUI arrest involves an accident, our Phoenix DUI lawyer may be able to get your bail or charges reduced. Our lawyers can represent you in criminal court, traffic court, and civil court to try to salvage your rights and your freedom so you can return to work and your family or friends. Our criminal defense attorney can represent you in:

  • Criminal court
  • Drug court
  • Traffic agency hearings
  • DHS agency hearings
  • Civil litigation


Halloween East Valley DUI Task Force

David Cantor explains the East Valley DUI Task Force for Halloween:

Halloween East Valley DUI Task Force

Happy Halloween!  Tonight the East Valley DUI Task Force will be out in full force and pulling over anyone who has committed a minor traffic violation.  The East Valley DUI Task Force is best known for their Thanksgiving, July 4th and holiday DUI stops and arrests.  Halloween has become a party holiday where people dress up and go out to the bars rather than stay at home.  The East Valley DUI Task Force knows this and they saturate the streets and pull anyone over; especially near bars and areas full of night life.

If you are pulled over and had been drinking, you want to answer the same way as if you were being questioned for robbing a bank, “I am not going to answer any questions until I talk to my lawyer,” then call us 602-307-0808.  You want to provide as little evidence as possible and asking to speak to a lawyer will help you out tremendously.  Once you call us, we can advise you on whether to take any tests and what your next move should be.  If they don’t give you a phone call, we can get the case thrown out with the defense of “Denial of Right to Counsel“.  If they pulled you over on just a “hunch” we can get the case thrown out with “No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop”.

The safest way to not get pulled over is to not drive, take a cab and be safe.  We hope everyone has a fun and safe night!

If this situation applies to you, a family member or loved one, fill out a form on our website or call us at (602) 307-0808 to set up an appointment. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it takes about 30 minutes of your time, and hopefully we’ll be able to find a way out of this for you.

Be sure to check out our DUI case victories.  When interviewing lawyers make sure and ask them for recent case results for this crime.

AP Interviews Criminal Defense Attorney David Michael Cantor Regarding Kavanaugh Case

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Article Provided by: AP News
Date: 9/26/18

PHOENIX (AP) — A sex-crimes prosecutor tapped by Senate Republicans to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about allegations of sexual assault could have a tough time in such a contentious political environment, Arizona attorneys who know her said Wednesday.

But her boss says Rachel Mitchell is a hard-hitting attorney who is used to handling high-profile cases and is one of the few prosecutors in the country with a deep understanding of working with sexual abuse victims.

Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question Kavanaugh and the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her when they were teenagers has raised a political storm in the #MeToo era, and the GOP’s all-male presence on the panel made some want a woman to question Ford.

Mitchell is chief of the Special Victims Division in the Maricopa County attorney’s office in Phoenix. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona’s most populous county.

“She is about evidence-based approaches and isn’t an activist on one side or the other,” said Matt Long, a private Phoenix attorney who once worked for Mitchell and now handles sex abuse cases. “She is rare: a career prosecutor who is bound to issues rather than politics.”

But, he added: “There is nothing in this process to make me comfortable that this process is about fairness, truth and evidence.”

Arizona defense attorney David Michael Cantor said the choice of a longtime sex-crimes prosecutor to question Kavanaugh and his accuser was “ironic.”

“If she gives him a pass, if she doesn’t dig down and get the guy to squirm, it could hurt her reputation,” said Cantor, who runs the Phoenix law firm DM Cantor. “But if she grills both of them equally, she’ll be a superstar.”

Mitchell has not responded to requests for comment sent through the county attorney’s office.

Since Ford came forward, allegations from two other women have emerged. But Republicans have not announced any plans to focus Thursday’s session on those claims. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations.

Rick Romley, the former top county prosecutor in metro Phoenix who was once Mitchell’s boss, praised her for a career devoted to helping victims.


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Rebuilding My Family in Recovery: Addiction Survivors Discuss Mending Fences After Finding Lasting Sobriety

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The excruciating pain of addiction isn’t limited to the person who’s abusing substances — it extends to those closest to them, too. Families are often forced to watch helplessly while their addicted loved one spirals out of control. When a person is able to enter addiction recovery, repairing the damage caused by their substance abuse often doesn’t come easily.

Brandon is an addiction survivor who battled an opioid painkiller addiction for three years. We had the opportunity to talk to him about his journey to sobriety, the role his family played, and how he’s staying on the sober track today. Here’s some of what he shared with us.


It wasn’t just that Brandon’s family knew he had a drug problem — it was that they’d truly watched him slip away before their very eyes.

“My whole life changed,” Brandon said of his substance abuse. “I wasn’t the funny, nice, sweet guy I had been. By the third year of using, people started piecing it together — I had lost 50 pounds. I had always been athletic, in the gym every day, two hours a day — but I wasn’t focused on working out anymore. I would lie and tell people I was trying to lose weight.”

Unable to stand idly by, his family tried reaching out.

“My immediate family started asking if everything was alright. My grandpa kept bringing up stories about people he knew whose kids or grandkids were on heroin. Finally, one day, he flat-out asked me if I had a problem with drugs — and if I did, to let him know and he would help me,” he recalled. “That talk got in my head for a little bit, and for a few months I slowed it down.”

Brandon’s parents finally sat him down and told him he needed help to get sober. Denying his problem while looking into the eyes of the people he loved most shook him to the core.

“I didn’t know what to say,” he admitted. “I was ashamed, embarrassed and disappointed. My little sister, who had always looked up to me, was crying.”

After a few days of soul searching, Brandon decided going to treatment was the right decision. On a whim, he booked a flight to California to check into a rehab facility. But his father knew how important it was to find the right program, so helped his son connect with an experienced counselor who helped Brandon weigh his options and feel more confident about entering treatment.

“He cared about getting me into the right place and really getting me help,” Brandon said. “So, I changed my flight and my plans and went to the Treehouse.”

His time in rehab helped him get to the root of his issues so he could get back to being the man he wanted to be. Now that he’s sober, he said his relationship with his family is a major motivation to stay clean.

“My main reason is my mom, dad, and sister. I’m so tired of disappointing them,” he said. “My sister is scared to be around me. I fell asleep behind the wheel with her in the car once, and she had to grab the steering wheel. She’s scared.”

He knows it will take time to truly fix his relationships, but is committed to making up for his past behavior.

“I’m tired of seeing my parents’ faces distraught. My mom — she’s just this bundle of joy, and to see her unhappy just tourments me,” Brandon said.

And sticking to his sober path isn’t just good for his relationships with his family, it’s helped him learn to love himself again, too.

“I’m not drained, my personality is back — the old me is back, and people love me,” he asserted. “I don’t want to go back.”

How Soon After I Suffer a Personal Injury Do I Have to File a Claim?

After going through an accident that ends up with injuries, the victim will never know the full extent of their damages until some time has passed after the accident. Even if a person believes that their injury was minor, they could suffer pain for months to come and develop greater injuries as a result of the accident.

So, how will the victim know how much to claim for if they do not know the severity of their injuries? What do they do? Do they file the claim without learning just how badly they were injured? Or do they wait and risk the statute of limitations deadline? What should the victim do if they are still in the healing process? The best personal injury attorneys in Miami, FL can help the victim with what they need to do and what is the best thing that needs to be done in regards to their case.


When Is the Best Time to File the Injury Claim?

Whether the victim is still in the process of receiving treatment, they do not need to wait until after their treatment has finished filing a claim. They can immediately file a claim after being injured. In fact, the sooner the victim files the claim, the better it is. It doesn’t matter whether it is a claim against the insurance company or against an individual.

The reason for filing as soon as possible is because there are deadlines when it comes to filing a lawsuit, also known as “statute of limitations”. Every personal injury claim will have a different timeframe. Along with the type of personal injury, the state in which the accident occurred also influences the time a person has to file their claim. If the victim wants to take their case to trial, they will have to comply with the specified time for the type of injury and place where the injury happened. If the victim fails to do so, their case will be dismissed and they will not have any future chances to file a lawsuit for the same injury.

Filing the claim is the first step that the victim needs to take. Now, the victim does not have to settle their case right away. The best time to settle a case is when the victim has learned a number of damages that their injury caused like medical fees, loss of income, pain and suffering, or any other type of damages.


Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer to Help with Filing a Claim

The best and easiest way to file a claim would be with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.The lawyer will know exactly when their client should file to maximize the amount of compensation they will receive. A victim should never accept a settlement before understanding the full scope of the injuries they endured. The firm works with their clients to obtain the best outcome.

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