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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.