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Know Your Rights

Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 9:15 am    

DUI is a Criminal Offense – It Should Not be Taken Lightly

You probably have seen the state’s Expect the Max advertising campaign against DUI’s.

We strongly disagree with the state’s position. Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. have been defending individual’s that are facing DUI charges in Arizona for awhile. Our track record shows we work diligently on each case, and provide the best types of defense as a DUI lawyer. Contact us today for more information (602) 510-9999!

Each DUI is Unique

Each Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge has essentially two cases: A criminal court case and an MVD case. Both cases can have separate and related consequences, including, but not limited to, jail time, harsh monetary penalties, and driver’s license implications.

There are lots of places you can get general information about these consequences. One more website (even if it’s ours) isn’t going to answer those unique and personal questions that you’re going to have. Our website is designed to make you feel more comfortable with the law firm of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. We’ll convey the legal advice to you personally.

That being said, no two DUI arrests are the same. Each case has its own unique set of circumstances and issues to be researched. The state must follow specific evidentiary guidelines when conducting a DUI investigation. Additionally, you have numerous constitutional rights that must be protected. Oftentimes, the difference between a good result and a bad result rests in one of the slightest details. Therefore, it is critical to have an attorney who understands all aspects of a DUI and will fight to protect your rights. Contact our law firm in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Chandler today for an initial free consultation.

What to Do if Stopped for a DUI


  • Conduct yourself in a polite, courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Provide license, registration and proof of insurance when requested.
  • Invoke your right to remain silent.
  • Demand an immediate, private and free call to an attorney. Mr. Thompson and Mr. Volquardsen are available 24 hours a day at 602.327.1179
  • Ask for a sample of your blood, breath or urine to be preserved for an independent testing.
  • Invoke your right to obtain an independent chemical test of your blood or urine.
  • Contact Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. for a free case evaluation and to avoid an automatic driver’s license suspension.


  • Don’t perform any coordination, balance or eye tests.
  • Don’t submit to a Portable Breath Test (A PBT is a portable, handheld breath testing device). A PBT is different than an Intoxilyzer the actual machine that the officer may have you breath into later.You should contact an experienced DUI attorney to advise you whether you should submit to a later blood or chemical test.
  • Don’t consent to a search of your person or your car.

Contact Us

DUI convictions in the state of Arizona carry serious penalties, so if you are facing alcohol-related driving charges of any kind, it’s important that you get help from an experienced Arizona DUI lawyer. Get dedicated legal help today by calling Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., at (602) 510-9999.

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Press Release: The National Associate of Distinguished Counsel

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 9:39 am    


Jay Volquardsen, of Thompson & Volquardsen PC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Associate of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorney who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredibly selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

I was arrested for an Arizona DUI. Now what?

Posted on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 pm    

What to do after your DUI Arrest

A DUI in Arizona can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for most. Often times, when an individual is facing their first offense, it’s stressful to know how to navigate through the system, especially with consequences being what they are today. The possibilities can be endless: will I have to spend time in jail? Will they suspend my drivers license? What will happen to my vehicle? etc. To familiarize yourself with the Arizona DUI process, please read the following information, which can provide you with some useful insights, or call Thompson & Volquardsen, PC in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Chandler, AZ at (602) 510-9999!


After a person has been arrested for a DUI in Phoenix, absent certain circumstances, he or she will not likely be booked into jail.  If a friend or family member is booked into jail, we recommend using these online services, with the individuals name and birthdate to locate them. Once located, it’s important to know the process of getting them released.2014-12-22_12-01-35

Release from Jail

Most people arrested for a Phoenix DUI are eligible for release, either by posting bail, using a bondsman, or on their own recognizance. The bail amount is determined by the offense, and poses as the surety that the individual will appear in court at a later date. For loved ones trying to get the individual out of custody, you have the option to pay the full amount of the bail set, or by using a licensed bail bond agent who usually charges 10% of the full bail amount.

Find a Phoenix DUI Lawyer

After the individual is released from custody, the next step is to retain the services of an experienced legal expert. An Arizona DUI lawyer can help you tremendously.  A Phoenix criminal defense attorney will investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest, represent you at all of your court appearances, and negotiate with prosecution to reduce or dismiss the charges.

DMV & Drivers License

After being arrested for a DUI, law enforcement will likely take your driver’s license and issue a temporary driving permit.  You then have 15 days to schedule a hearing with the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, where you and your lawyer will be have the opportunity to challenge the license suspension if appropriate.


If you do not retain a lawyer, the first time you will appear before a judge on your criminal DUI case will be for your arraignment.  At this time, you will enter your plea, either: “guilty”, “not guilty”, or “no contest” to driving under the influence. If you plead “guilty”, or “no contest”, your case ends and the judge will impose a sentence. If you plead “not guilty,” the judge will set a future date for you (or your attorney) to meet with the prosecutor’s office.

If you choose to hire a lawyer, many of the court appearances can be handled without you having to appear.  The pretrial process takes roughly four to six months in Arizona.  During that time period, your lawyer will be conducting an investigation into the facts and law of your criminal or DUI case.

It’s important to note that you are innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to a jury trial. Our DUI law firm has years of experience in this area of practice, so don’t hesitate to contact one of our attorneys today.

Contact Thompson & Volquardsen, PC DUI Lawyers of Phoenix
If you or someone you loved has recently been arrested for an Arizona DUI, it’s better to contact a legal experts as soon as possible. Thompson & Volquardsen has years of experience defending individuals facing all criminal and DUI charges.  We represent clients all over the state of Arizona, including Phoenix, Chandler, and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Contact us today at (602) 510-9999.

Shake up in City of Scottsdale Crime Lab

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9:57 am    

The Scottsdale City Crime Lab – after a number of months in the news – has lost its last remaining forensic scientist that was testing blood for alcohol.

This will likely have an effect on pending cases, but going forward the City of Scottsdale has elected to also use Intoxilyzer 8000 machines to test breath alcohol concentrations.  It is anticipated that Scottsdale Police will still be drawing blood, but the samples will be sent to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in the interim.

If you or a loved one has a pending DUI case in the City of Scottsdale, it is imperative that you contact Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. to discuss the effects of the recent change.

Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. provide criminal and DUI defense across the State of Arizona. Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. have offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler to better serve your legal needs. Call now: (602) 510-9999

Phoenix is having an epidemic of wrong-way drivers on its freeways.

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 9:22 am    

For the sixth time this year, a “wrong way” driver on Arizona’s freeways has caused an accident with significant damage and injuries. Officials believe the driver may have been impaired.

If you or a loved-one has been accused of Aggravated Assault, Endangerment, or DUI, contact the Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. (602) 510-9999.

Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. has experienced criminal defense attorneys available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with offices in Phoenix (602) 510-9999, Scottsdale (480) 203-8977, and Chandler Arizona (480) 203-8977.

City of Scottsdale Changing Its Chemical Testing Protocols

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 12:13 pm    

It appears that starting August 1, 2014, the City of Scottsdale will be employing both breath and blood testing in prosecuting DUI offenses.

Have you or a loved one been accused of a DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona?

If so, contact the Arizona DUI Lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. at (602) 510-9999.

DUI Attorneys Woody Thompson and Jay Volquardsen have helping those accused of crimes all over the State of Arizona since 2005.

New Sentencing Practices Appear To Be In Effect.

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 1:39 pm    

On June 19, 2014, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, accepted jurisdiction of a special action and granted relief that would appear to permit a change in sentencing practices.

It now appears that the portion of jail that a person convicted of a first-time, Extreme or Super-Extreme DUI serves will be calculated based upon the amount of jail remaining after subtracting the suspended time for the prospective installation of an Ignition Interlock Device.

Sound confusing?

If you or a loved-one has questions about an Arizona DUI charge, please call the Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. Woody Thompson and Jay Volquardsen have been helping Arizonans with their criminal legal needs for nearly 30 years.

Don’t wait. Ask Us How To Beat a DUI in Arizona.

Call (602) 510-9999.

Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. has offices to serve you in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler, Arizona.

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?

The Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to help even when the facts and law seem stacked against you. Call now. Lawyers available 24/7. 602 510 9999

Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. has offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler to better serve your needs.

Superior Court Decision to Suppress Scottsdale Crime Lab Blood Results Overturned By Arizona Court of Appeals

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 2:01 pm    

On  January 14, 2014, the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Berstein’s decision to suppress the results of blood tests conducted by the Scottsdale Police Department’s Crime Lab.

A unanimous decision by the three judge panel held that Judge Bernstein erred in ruling that the test results were inadmissible evidence.

You can read more about the Court of Appeals’ decision here.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Arizona, you owe it to yourself to contact the criminal defense and DUI attorneys at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. Woody Thompson and Jay Volquardsen have handled thousands of DUI and criminal cases in Scottsdale, Chandler and Phoenix, Arizona.  The lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. are available around the clock to discuss your pending DUI or Criminal case.


Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am    

There is currently a discrepancy in the way Arizona Courts are handling sentencing on Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs. Specifically, some Courts are allowing a reduction in a person’s sentence based upon the prospective installation of an Ignition Interlock Device while others are also allowing a significant portion of that remaining jail to be served on home detention.

If you are facing an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI in Arizona it is imperative that you call the Arizona DUI Lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. They are available to help you through the DUI process and make sure that you are getting the appropriate results in your case.

Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. currently has three offices to serve you in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler, Arizona, but handles cases all over the State of Arizona.