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Sleeping off drunkenness in a car can still land you a DUI

You do not have to drive a vehicle to end up with a DUI. According to Arizona law, individuals who have any physical control over a vehicle can face arrest for driving while under the influence. That means if you have the capacity to drive your vehicle, even if you simply wanted to sleep it off, the police can arrest you for driving under the influence if you have a blood alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent. 

What you should know about bad plea deals

Sometimes a defendant will opt for a plea bargain instead of going before a judge for a trial. In a plea bargain, the alleged offender pleads guilty and thus receives a lesser sentence than he or she would have received if convicted at trial. There are several issues with this process, and often a defendant can find him or herself dealing with the consequences of a bad plea deal. 

3 things to know about assault with a deadly weapon

In Arizona, the law defines assault as any action meant to cause another harm or causing a person to reasonably believe physical harm was imminent. While assault charges are bad enough on their own, someone in possession of a weapon can face more serious consequences for assault with a deadly weapon

How much alcohol can someone drink before hitting 0.08 percent?

In Arizona, a person's blood alcohol concentration becomes illegal and dangerous once it hits 0.08 percent. For commercial drivers, anything above 0.04 percent is illegal. Naturally, for individuals under the age of 21, it is illegal to drink alcohol. That means even a BAC of 0.01 percent could send a teenager to jail for driving under the influence

Pulled over for a DUI? Follow these 3 tips

You are at a party one night and you decide to drive home. Perhaps you only had a drink or two and assume that driving will be no big deal, only to see the lights flashing behind you. Maybe you were swerving a bit, driving unreasonably slow or you just have a taillight out. Whatever the case is, you get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you hear the sirens. 

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