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.
Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 at 9:21 am
In Arizona, and many other states, law enforcement must have probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.
But what is probable cause? In Arizona, probable cause to arrest is based upon a totality of the circumstances that the officer observes including, but not limited to, driving behavior and your performance on field sobriety tests.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you contact an Arizona DUI lawyer to represent you against the DUI charges. Without an Arizona DUI lawyer, a lay person has no idea about the strengths and weaknesses of the State’s case against them.
The Arizona DUI Lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. have handled thousands of DUI cases over the last ten years and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your Arizona DUI case. Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. has three locations to serve you in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler and represent clients all over the State of Arizona from Safford to Yuma, Tucson to Flagstaff. Call now! Attorneys are standing by to take your call (602) 510-9999, (602) 327-1179 or (480) 203-8977 in the East Valley.
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 Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 2:04 pm
A current linebacker on the 49ers roster has found himself in trouble with the law. Aldon Smith is facing three felony weapons assault charges along with one count of misdemeanor DUI. Smith’s weapons charges have ties back to Arizona where the illegal weapons were brought according to documentation.
The weapons assault charges stem from a party hosted by Smith at a home he was renting near San Jose. During the party in June 2012, a fight broke out between rival gang members. After a handgun was fired by a guest, Smith fired his own weapon, several other shots followed. One person was shot, and two other were injured, Smith himself was stabbed during the incident.
Smith’s felony weapons assault charges resulting from the incident come just two weeks after he was arrested for DUI. He is facing anywhere from probation to over four years in prison. Read more on this story here.Jay Volquardsen
Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 10:31 am
Oro Valley has added a DUI enforcement van to its fleet. The van features DUI testing tools and everything an Arizona officer needs to take blood samples on-site, eliminating the need to drive to an area hospital to take a blood sample from a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The van will be hitting the streets of Oro Valley thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
Read more on this story here.
Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 8:04 am
DUIs can Happen to Anyone!
On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 a County Deputy Prosecutor in Washington was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a rear-end collision. The Washington State Patrol says the County Deputy Prosecutor was booked into the county jail. She posted bail and was released. The same prosecutor had previously been accused of DUI in 2007, but the charges were later reduced.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 8:46 am
On August 30, 2103, Lamar Odom was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to a CHP Officer, Odom was unable to complete a field sobriety test, and, after Odom was arrested, he refused the chemical tests.
When faced with a similar circumstance in Arizona, it is nearly always advisable – again in Arizona – to refuse to perform the field sobriety tests but agree to the chemical tests. In Arizona, you have the power to refuse all field sobriety tests, but not a chemical test.
In Arizona, refusing to agree to participate in a chemical test can have much harsher licensing consequences than if a person just agrees to complete the chemical test. The chemical tests used vary depending on the jurisdiction. For instance, the cities of Phoenix, Chandler and Scottsdale typically use only blood tests, while the City of Tempe almost exclusively relies on breath testing machines, like the Intoxilyzer 8000.
What should you do if stopped for a DUI in Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale or Tempe? Call the experienced DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. (602) 510 9999. Lawyers available 24/7.
Posted on Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 8:28 am
The answer to this question depends on who you ask.
On Friday, August 23, 2013, Arizona Superior Court Judge Jerry Bernstein suppressed 11 felony DUI cases that originated in Scottsdale, Arizona. Criminal defense attorneys in these consolidated Arizona Superior Court cases contested the validity of the blood-testing equipment used in the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department’s Crime Lab.
The twist – before suppressing the blood results, Arizona Superior Court Judge Bernstein began his opinion with the statement that he believed all of the blood test results were accurate.
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If you have a pending DUI case Arizona Superior Court or the City of Scottsdale, will this impact your case?
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Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013 at 8:36 am
On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Safford, Arizona police officers were called to 20th Street and Mason Way, responding to a report of a single-vehicle accident.
When the Safford, Arizona officers arrived, they discovered a local 19 year old standing next to a disabled vehicle. The alleged driver said that he had just left a house on Mason Way.
The officers, despite not having actually seen any driving, cited the 19 year old for failure to control his vehicle, no proof of insurance and underage DUI.
Have you been charged with a DUI? Can the officers prove that you were driving or in actual physical control? Call the Arizona DUI lawyers at Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C. to find out if there are problems with the State’s case.
Thompson & Volquardsen P.C.’s experienced defense attorneys will research the officers investigation and determine whether the officers had reasonable grounds to stop or probable cause to arrest. You can’t afford to wait any longer. Call now! (602) 510-9999.
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