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Arizona DUI Law

How Manslaughter or Murder Charges are Determined in a DUI Accident

Drinking and driving can result in a DUI accident. These tragic accidents can lead to fatalities that are devastating to everyone involved, especially the loved ones left behind. Death of a loved one in an accident is a huge loss to deal with, even for the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident.

The driver may feel guilty, ashamed and terrified of how the accident will affect his or her future. Criminal charges, such as DUI vehicular manslaughter / vehicular negligent homicide, are often filed in these cases. What type of charges will be filed is determined by the circumstances surrounding the fatality and other aspects of the accident. There are many factors involved that can affect these charges. (more…)


In Arizona, What Is “No Actual Physical Control”

No Actual Physical Control

A conviction of a DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the state of Arizona, is reliant on proof that you were actually driving the vehicle while intoxicated. Where things become a bit “gray” is under the term of “no actual physical control”. No actual physical control is a confusing concept to many drivers in the state.

The definition of actual physical control of a vehicle is determined under a variety of factors with the courts using “totality of the circumstances” to determine whether a driver had actual physical control of their vehicle while intoxicated. If actual physical control is deemed to have existed, then a DUI charge can be enforced.

When you are facing DUI charges, it is very important that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. David Michael Cantor is a Phoenix DUI attorney who has helped change the laws of the state of Arizona in regard to actual physical control. The case which resulted in changes for all state residents was State v. Love, heard in the Supreme Court of Arizona in 1995. If you are up against DUI charges and penalties, DM Cantor can help you win your case. (more…)


What is the Admin Per Se, Implied Consent Form?

Arizona Admin Per Se for DUI

When a driver in Arizona is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), that driver is provided with an Administrative Per Se Implied Consent Affidavit. Also know as the “Admin Per Se Form”, this Affidavit is a combination of Arizona DUI laws pertaining to ARS 28-1321 and ARS 28-1385 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

The Admin Per Se Implied Consent Affidavit is a restatement of laws applying to arrest and suspicion of DUI, particularly that the person must consent to a breath, blood or urine test at the officer’s discretion. Drivers are first exposed to these laws when they obtain their driver’s license. Without individual signed consent at the time of licensure, a driver is not permitted a license.

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Just as the Miranda Rights are always required to be read as an indication of individual rights and procedure during arrest, the Admin Per Se Implied Consent Affidavit is read to the arrested party, suspected of DUI, to remind them that they have already – by nature of having an Arizona driver’s license – provided consent for chemical testing when suspected of a DUI. (more…)


Common Consequences of a DUI or DWI

Consequences of a DUI or DWI

Most states have taken a strong stance against drunk/intoxicated driving in the past two decades, and the enhanced penalties mean that a conviction for driving under the influence can create both short and long-term problems after the fact. Even a first conviction for DUI can result in automatic jail time and a license suspension, as well as significant fines and expenses related to court ordered drivers education. In addition, the conviction record generally stays on the defendant’s criminal history for up to 10 years in many states, and any subsequent arrests and convictions will lead to even harsher penalties. This is especially true when there are aggravating circumstances. When all things are considered, it can be vital to retain an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to represent your case even in an apparently simple case because evidence can often be contested. (more…)


Is an Extreme DUI the same as an Aggravated DUI in Arizona?

Extreme DUI vs Aggravate DUI in Arizona

Extreme DUI vs. Aggravated DUI in Arizona

In Arizona, being charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is not as simple as one set of charges and penalties. There are a multitude of factors that can lead to felony charges when you are pulled over for a DUI. A DUI in the state of Arizona can be considered “extreme” or “aggravated,” beyond just a regular DUI case.

Extreme DUI penalties in Arizona are determined according to the severity of the crime, with a DUI rated as a regular misdemeanor, an aggravated DUI or extreme DUI.

Some of the possible penalties of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) include: (more…)


Charged with DUI in Arizona with Suspended License

Arrested for DUI in Arizona

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol while your license is revoked, canceled, suspended or refused in the state of Arizona is considered an Aggravated DUI charge, as specified in Arizona Revised Statutes, ARS 28-1383(A)(1). There are a multitude of reasons why an individual’s license may have been revoked or suspended, including the below:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) – ARS 28-1381
  • Extreme and super extreme DUI – ARS 28-1382
  • DUI involving serious injury or death – ARS 28-1385
  • Other reasons, as enough points are incurred against the driver’s license

If you are caught driving with a suspended license while under the influence, it is very important that you immediately contact an attorney who knows Arizona law and can help you defend yourself in court. These are serious issues with serious penalties for which you will need the help of a good criminal defense lawyer. (more…)


What You Need to Know About DUI Laws While on Vacation

DUI while on vacation

If you have a summer vacation planned this year, it’s possible that rest, relaxation, and even a few cocktails are part of your itinerary. While you can leave many of your day to day tasks and worries behind, when you’re on vacation, it’s important to remember that things like DUI and accident laws exist wherever you may go.

Drunk driving related accidents occur everyday and are even more prevalent during summer holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that millions of Americans get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and approximately every 2 hours, 3 people are killed in a drunk driving accident. (more…)


What are the Types of Arizona Felony Classes

Types of Arizona Felony Classes

Felony Class Types in Arizona

There are six levels of felony classes in Arizona. Each class has its own guidelines for punishment if convicted. When looking at sentencing, the law presumes that everyone will start at the presumptive sentence however, this sentence can be increased or decreased if mitigating or aggravating factors are found by the Judge or jury. The following sentencing ranges apply to a person with no prior felony convictions.

  • Class 1 – The only crime that falls under a Class 1 felony is murder. Murder charges are divided into two categories: First or Second Degree. First degree murder is punishable by the death penalty or by life in prison without parole. Second degree murder requires a minimum prison sentence of 10 years up to a maximum sentence of 25 years.
  • Class 2 – A Class 2 felony allows for a minimum sentence in the Department of Corrections of three years. This can be increased to up to 12.5 years for aggravated. Probation, with up to one year in jail, is also available.
  • Class 3 – Class 3 felonies allows for a minimum of two years in prison with an aggravated sentence of up to 8.75 years. Probation is also available.
  • Class 4– If sentenced to prison on a Class 4 felony, you face anywhere between 1 to 3.75 years. Again, probation is available.
  • Class 5 – A Class 5 felony provides for a minimum of six months in prison however, can be increased to up to 2.5 years. Probation is available.
  • Class 6 – Although a Class 6 felony, an example could be a DUI in Phoenix, also allows for a probation sentence, if sentenced to prison the range allows for anywhere between .33 – 2 years.

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