Arizona Holiday DUI Surge

Flagstaff, AZ – Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC has obtained new police data showing that Arizona traffic stops and DUI arrests are surging this holiday season.

In just one month – November 24th to December 24th – Arizona’s holiday DUI task force has conducted 46,194 traffic stops. This has resulted in over 2,840 arrests for DUI charges, ranging from simple DUI (DUI Slightest), to DUI – 0.08% or more, to Extreme DUI – 0.15% or more, to Extreme DUI – 0.20% or more, to Aggravated DUI which is a class 4 felony requiring, upon conviction, 4 months to 3 years in Arizona prison.

Stay safe out there and consider the following information if you are pulled over in Arizona:

  1. Be polite and prepared. If you get pulled over, have your registration, insurance, and driver’s license ready in your hand. Do not fumble with your documents. Do not fumble with the window. Do not try to get out of the vehicle unless the officer tells you to do so.
  2. Have the window down. When the officer arrives at your vehicle, have your window down and be prepared to speak with the officer.
  3. Listen to what the officer says to you. Try not to let your hands shake.
  4. Do not admit to drinking alcohol. You have the right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself.
  5. Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s) are not required. Do not let the officer trick you into thinking you must do FST’s. You may decline to do them. Later, if you go on trial, the State can use your “refusal” to argue that you refused to do FST’s because you knew you were intoxicated. This is generally easier to defend against than a person who totally fails FST’s.
  6. Ask the officer, “Am I free to leave?” If the answer is yes, get out of there.
  7. If you are arrested for DUI, you will have some tough decisions to make. Ask to speak to a lawyer. You have the right to counsel. You should obtain advice from an Arizona DUI attorney based on the facts of your specific case. Ask to use a phone to call an attorney.

Free DUI consultations by Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC are offered every day.

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