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The holidays and DUI charges

Drunk driving charges can bring holiday celebrations to an abrupt end. Whether someone drives home after opening presents with loved ones or ringing in the new year, DUI charges can be devastating for someone accused of this offense and those they love. During the holidays, there is an increase in the number of people accused of DUI. Not only do more people tend to drive while intoxicated, but certain areas have additional law enforcement officials on the lookout for drunk drivers. We are all too familiar with the hardships that entire families often go through when DUI charges upset their holiday celebrations.

Sometimes, people might even forget that they have alcohol in their system. For example, someone might enjoy a mixed drink at a family party, not knowing how much alcohol was in the drink. Later on, they could be above the legal limit even though they do not feel intoxicated. Moreover, a lot of people have been charged with DUI after driving home from a bar or firework display on New Year's Eve. It is important to be mindful of the potential consequences that come with DUI charges regardless of the time of year. For example, the revocation of a driver's license, steep fines, and even time in prison can all make life tough.

Why would someone falsely accuse another of domestic violence?

Domestic violence charges are not to be taken lightly, since they can shatter someone's life in many different ways. Losing access to a child, being fired, having a hard time lining up a new job, and sustaining irreparable damage to one's reputation are just some of the consequences that may come with these allegations. Unfortunately, some people are falsely accused of this offense in Phoenix and all across the state of Arizona. Sometimes, people wonder what would motivate someone to wrongly accuse another of domestic violence and it may be helpful to go over some of the potential reasons why this occurs.

False domestic violence accusations may surface for various reasons, from jealousy and anger to custody disputes and even mental health problems. For example, someone's former partner may be bitter about the termination of their relationship and decide to upend their life by falsely accusing them of domestic violence. Or, perhaps someone wants to gain an upper hand in court during a dispute involving the custody of a child and accuses the child's other parent of domestic violence in order to influence the outcome of the case. Moreover, an incident that occurred may be greatly exaggerated, with details being blown out of proportion or even made up.

Protecting your future after being charged with DUI

Drunk driving charges are very damaging, in many instances. Not only do these allegations often lead to stiff financial penalties and the loss of driving privileges, they may result in time behind bars and other consequences as well. As a result, our law office knows how essential it is for people in Phoenix and all parts of Arizona who have found themselves in this position to carefully review how they will approach the charges. Ideally, people should do whatever they can to protect their future, as difficult as that might seem at present.

There are different ways you could gain a more favorable end result in court, especially if certain details surrounding the incident are likely to make a difference. You may also be able to help protect your future by taking a thorough look over the ins and outs of your case and preparing your defense well. People may also benefit from discussing the situation with an experienced attorney who can provide further insight.

False drug trafficking allegations

Drug trafficking accusations are not to be taken lightly, with steep fines, time in prison, and a host of other consequences. Unfortunately, some people find themselves facing these hurdles even though they are innocent. If you have been wrongly accused of drug trafficking, or if some of the details surrounding the incident are untrue or have blown out of proportion, it is time for you to take a careful look at your rights and defend yourself appropriately. Our Arizona law office is very familiar with the hardships that people in Phoenix and all across the state may face when they find themselves in this situation and we firmly believe that those wrongly accused of drug trafficking and other drug offenses deserve a voice.

Unfortunately, when some people find themselves in this difficult position, they simply throw up their hands and give up. These charges can be so overwhelming, even if they are baseless, that people can feel as if their side of the story will never be heard. There are many reasons why false drug trafficking charges arise, whether someone wants to frame another person or false evidence is used against someone who is innocent. Unfortunately, people have spent many years in prison, time they will never be able to get back, and have suffered in other ways due to drug trafficking allegations that were completely false.

Addiction may not be your only battle if you face drug charges

It's no secret that a killer drug epidemic exists in Arizona and throughout the United States. The thing is, you may be among many who imagine drug overdoses as incidents that occur in back alleys of low-income neighborhoods when gangs and other drug "salesmen" push their wares on the streets. The reality is that many high-income professionals also suffer from opioid and prescription drug addictions. In fact, many of the overdoses that occur happen after licensed physicians sign off on the very prescriptions connected to the fatalities.

You may take a pill one day in the hope of alleviating chronic pain. Perhaps you suffered injury in a car accident or have an autoimmune disease that affects your muscles or joints. A one-time prescription can turn into a potentially deadly addiction, which can also lead to serious legal problems in many cases. It's always best to research a particular drug before taking it and useful to know what resources exist to help you if you need it, whether for addiction rehabilitation purposes or legal assistance.

DUI and ignition interlock device

Drivers in Arizona who are convicted of a DUI face a number of unwanted consequences. One of these is having to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This results in a number of driving restrictions as well as financial obligations.

According to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the state is taking extreme measures to cut down on the number of impaired drivers and alcohol-related accidents. Along with mandatory jail time, license suspension and penalty fees, convicted drivers are required to have an IID for a minimum of one year. Failing a test or mishandling the device can result in a longer probation time or other penalties. 

Facing charges over unintentional drunk driving

A driver may be charged with drunk driving after recklessly operating their vehicle and attracting the attention of law enforcement officials. For example, someone might be swerving across the road and an officer may find out that they were intoxicated after pulling them over. However, there are some instances in which people are charged with DUI even though they were not aware that they were over the legal limit. However, these charges can be just as serious regardless of a driver's intentions.

To some people, the idea of unintentionally or accidentally driving while drunk might seem silly. However, there are many ways in which people can find themselves in this position. For example, someone may consume what they consider to be a small amount of alcohol during a family gathering. At the celebration, they might have a mixed drink and the alcohol content might not be clear. For example, someone could have mixed the drink to be very strong and even after drinking a relatively small amount someone could be pushed over the legal limit. Moreover, some people might simply forget that they drank alcohol, while others may not realize how low the legal limit is.

The consequences of white collar crime charges

White collar crimes take many forms and people face charges for all sorts of different reasons. From fraud to computer-related offenses, these offenses may not seem as serious as others, in some peoples' opinions. However, it is essential to understand how potentially damaging these charges could be if you have been charged with a white collar crime. In Phoenix, and all across the state of Arizona, these charges may carry stiff financial penalties. However, there are many other consequences that people in this position could face as well.

When someone is charged with a white collar crime, they could one day spend time behind bars, depending on the details surrounding their case. On top of prison time and fines, other consequences could affect them for years to come. For example, someone could suffer irreparable damage to their reputation or the reputation of their company, which prevents them from securing a position in their line of work in the future or hurts business. When someone is found guilty, these ramifications could wreak havoc in their lives far into the future.

DUI charges can take a toll on your pocketbook

If you're driving home from a night out with friends in Arizona and a police officer pulls you over in a traffic stop, life as you know it may never be the same, especially if you consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel of your car. Facing DUI charges is definitely no small matter, even if it's your first offense. If police take you into custody, your immediate concerns may understandably lie in how to secure your release from jail and how to avoid conviction.

Beyond those urgent issues, however, your personal and professional life from that point on may undergo many difficult challenges because of your arrest. The ultimate outcome of your situation depends on many factors, including, but not limited, to whether the court convicts you. Avoiding conviction may understandably be at the top of your list of things to do in the near future. You may also be worried about how your arrest will affect your family.

Football player sentenced over domestic violence

When accusations of domestic violence surface, the life of a person facing charges may change in a flash. Upon being taken into custody for intimate partner violence, they may lose their job and face scrutiny in the public eye that they will never be able to recover from. In some instances, people can have their lives shattered over false allegations, even if they are found not guilty, due to the stigma of this offense and the attention surrounding their arrest. 

A man who used to play football for the Arizona Wildcats was recently sentenced to prison over two separate domestic violence incidents. The man, who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in September, was apprehended right after the hearing and held in the county jail until his sentencing. He was recently sentenced to five years behind bars (two-and-a-half years for each count of assault).

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