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With Cinco de Mayo being one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, the DUI Task Force conducted a statewide enforcement effort over the weekend, setting up checkpoints in the East Valley, West Valley and other points statewide. This DUI Task Force campaign resulted in 433 DUI related arrests. Of those, 134 were for extreme DUI, which is twice the legal limit, and more than 50 people were booked for drug-related DUI's. (Fox 10 News)

The Firm handles both alcohol and drug-related DUI charges in the East Valley, West Valley, and throughout the State of Arizona. If you were arrested by the DUI Task Force, or any law enforcement agency in the State of Arizona, contact the Firm at (480) 988-7993 to arrange a free consultation regarding your case.

Mr. Buckallew understands the serious consequences (which can include jail time, fines/fees, alcohol treatment and classes, interlock ignition requirements, and other penalties) and hardships (including possible loss of driving privileges) resulting from a DUI conviction and will work vigorously in building a strong defense on your behalf. The Firm is experienced in handling all types of DUI cases and has proven results ranging from acquittals at trial, full dismissals and negotiating non-DUI plea agreements. Having confidence in your attorney and in the legal representation that you will receive is a critical factor when looking for the right attorney to represent you.

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Underage Drinking Arrests at Country Thunder

Country Thunder is an annual event held at Canyon Moon Ranch just east of Florence (Pinal County) – centrally located between Phoenix and Tucson. According to local news outlets (CBS5/AP), 189 people were arrested at this month's Country Thunder music festival for underage drinking-related crimes. The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control officers worked with local law enforcement during the 4 day event as a result of ongoing problems at this event in years past. According to Liquor Control officers, many of the arrested underage drinkers had blood-alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent and the youngest person arrested was 15 years old. The violations for those arrested included, minor in possession of alcohol, using a fake ID to buy alcohol, or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

If you were arrested by the AZ Dept. of Liquor License/Control, Pinal County Sheriff's Office (PCSO), Florence Police Department, or any other agency during Country Thunder, contact the Firm to arrange a free consultation regarding your case. Depending on the agency you were arrested by, your case will likely be heard in the Florence Justice Court – Precinct 1 in Florence, AZ. The consequences can be significant and leave a permanent mark on your criminal record so it is critical to seek the advice of counsel to determine your legal options before you make any decisions regarding your case. Penalties associated with Underage Drinking/Underage DUI related violations can include, jail time, community work service, alcohol classes and treatment, license suspension, fees/fines, and even possible suspension or expulsion from school and/or athletic teams. Some of the legal factors a defense attorney will explore include, determining whether you actually violated any city or state law; whether the arresting agency followed the law; whether or not your conduct constitutes a criminal violation and whether you have any other legal, factual or procedural defense(s) in your case.

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Criminal Charges in Phoenix, AZ

If you have been arrested by the Phoenix Police Department and cited into the Phoenix Municipal Court, contact a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer for a free evaluation of your case. The Firm handles ANY criminal charge in the Phoenix Municipal Court and throughout the State of Arizona. Mr. Buckallew has a reputation for zealously defending his clients and has extensive experience from many years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer. He fights tirelessly on behalf of each individual client in order to achieve the best outcome possible in each and every case, as evidenced by the results he has achieved on behalf of his clients over the years.

The Phoenix Municipal Court is located at 300 West Washington Street, in downtown Phoenix, just west of Phoenix City Hall. The Court handles civil traffic and criminal misdemeanor violations, including DUI/DWI charges, city ordinance and code violations, petty offenses, probation violations, protective orders and search warrants. According to their website, the Phoenix Municipal Court is the State's largest limited jurisdiction court, is among the top ten busiest municipal courts in the U.S. and processes an average of 80,000 criminal charges annually, including DUI/DWI filings.

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The Firm represents individuals charged with any misdemeanor violation in the Chandler Municipal Court — including, DUI/DWI, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage, Criminal Traffic Violations such as Aggressive Driving or Reckless Driving, Domestic Violence, Drug Violations, Endangerment, Interfering with Judicial Proceedings/Violation of Restraining Order, Order of Protection, Juvenile Crimes, Shoplifting, Theft, Threatening or Intimidating, Underage Drinking and all other misdemeanor violations. The Firm also handles appeals. A class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in jail and $2,500 fine (plus surcharges).

If you have been issued a criminal traffic citation or received a summons by mail in the City of Chandler, you will be required to appear in court for your Arraignment hearing. A failure to appear in court on your Arraignment date, or any other criminal court date could result in a warrant for your arrest and trial could also proceed in your absence. What can you expect at your Arraignment hearing? At this hearing, you will enter one of three pleas to the charges you are facing, 1) a plea of Not Guilty, 2) a plea of Guilty, or 3) a plea of No Contest. It is critical to seek the advice of counsel and understand the consequences of each of these plea options before making any decisions. Depending on how you plea to the court will determine the next steps in your case.

If you enter of plea of Guilty or a plea of No Contest, the next step will be sentencing which may result in a criminal record, fees and fines, jail and/or probation, possible DMV consequences, possible immigration consequences and required classes, such as alcohol, anger management or other types of classes. Before making these decisions, it is advisable to seek the advice of counsel to understand your rights and legal options.

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According to reports from law enforcement and local media, the East Valley DUI Task Force arrested more than 1,740 drivers between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year's weekend. Officers from several valley agencies participated in the task force, conducting "saturation patrols" throughout the cities of Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale and Tempe. According to the Mesa Police Department, they were responsible for 545 of the 1,740 DUI arrests over the course of the 17 scheduled DUI Task Force Events between December 2, 2011 and January 1, 2012. Also, according to law enforcement, while they have seen fewer alcohol related DUI's than in years past, drug related DUI's seem to be on the rise. The Firm handles both alcohol and drug related DUI charges in the East Valley and throughout the State of Arizona. If you were arrested by the East Valley DUI Task Force, or by any law enforcement agency in the State of Arizona, contact the Firm at (480) 988-7993 to arrange a free consultation regarding your case.

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AZ DUI laws and penalties are changing effective January 1, 2012. Please contact the Firm to discuss how these new laws may affect your DUI case.

The Firm handles all types of DUI cases, including felony, misdemeanor, alcohol and drug related charges throughout the State of Arizona. Contact the Firm today for a free initial consultation regarding your case.

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If you have been arrested for a DUI or any other criminal violation, it is important to understand your rights. Before police begin questioning a suspect, the officer is required to read you a Miranda warning, reminding you of your rights. Listed below is an example of typical language used in a Miranda warning:

  • You have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions.
  • Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law.
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