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Memorial Day Weekend DUI Lake Patrols

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According to recent news reports (CBS5), the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) will be ramping up their DUI patrols over Memorial Day Weekend in recreational areas around the valley. The Sheriff's office has been granted funding from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), AZ Game and Fish and the U.S. Forest Service, enabling the department to perform saturation patrols over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend – one of the busiest drinking weekends of the year. The patrols will target some of the most popular recreational areas surrounding the valley, including Canyon Lake, Bartlett Lake, Saguaro Lake, Apache Lake, Lake Pleasant, the Verde River, Lower Salt River, other county parks and the Tonto National Forest.

Many of the arrests made by the MCSO over the past year include 849 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1,362 Underage Consumption / Minor in Possession arrests, 94 felony Aggravated DUI arrests and 230 OUI – operating a watercraft under the influence arrests.

If you are charged with any type of misdemeanor alcohol violation at any of the lakes surrounding the valley, you will most likely be ordered to appear in either the Hassayampa Justice Court in Surprise, AZ (Northwest valley lakes) or the North Mesa Justice Court in Mesa, AZ (Northeast valley lakes). If you are charged with a felony alcohol violation, then your case will likely be handled in the Maricopa County Superior Court if you were within the boundaries of Maricopa County.

The Firm represents individuals in both misdemeanor and felony DUI and criminal cases throughout the valley, including cases in the Hassayampa Justice Court, the North Mesa Justice Court, the Maricopa County Superior Court and any other City Court, Justice Court or Superior Court in Maricopa County. Mr. Buckallew has extensive experience in litigating DUI charges, OUI charges, Underage Drinking charges, Minor in Possession violations, Minor in Consumption Violations and other related alcohol violations. He has a proven track record of successfully resolving countless cases for his clients over the course of his career.

Contact the Firm today for a free consultation regarding any pending criminal charges in Maricopa County or throughout the State of Arizona.

**This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact the Firm to schedule a consultation regarding your case.

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