The holiday season is almost here, and that means police departments throughout Arizona will soon be ramping up their efforts to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Studies show that drunk driving increases during the holiday season; and, in order to combat this, the police aggressively target individuals suspected of DUI specifically in November and December.
“[The Task Force] is comprised of officers dedicated solely to actively seeking impaired drivers. They are supplemented in their task by regular patrol officers who have developed special skills in the area of drug recognition and phlebotomy. The Police Department also maintains Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s) and phlebotomists.
“DUI officers actively seek impaired drivers and assume the lead investigator role in impairment investigations initiated by patrol officers. They are well versed in the field of impaired driver investigations and drive police cars outfitted with the latest technology in the area of DUI enforcement.”
How Can You Avoid an Encounter with Arizona DUI Task Forces?
- Don’t drink and drive. Of course, the best way to avoid a DUI arrest is to avoid drinking and driving. While some sober drivers get wrongfully arrested, you are far less likely to get arrested (and to seriously harm yourself or someone else) if you don’t drink and drive.
- Obey the rules of the road. Speeding, running stop signs, making illegal U-turns, and other traffic violations all increase your risk of getting pulled over. While you shouldn’t drive drunk, if you find yourself drunk behind the wheel, pull over, and don’t help the cops catch you for DUI.
- Know your legal rights. The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments all provide you with important legal rights. It is important to make sure that you understand your rights, that you know how to assert them, and that you know when a violation of your rights can serve as a defense in an Arizona DUI case.
What Should You Do if You Get Arrested by Arizona DUI Task Forces?
- Exercise your right to remain silent. If the police arrest you and take you into custody, you should exercise your right to remain silent. You do not have to answer any questions in custody; and, if you do, your answers will only be used against you. Politely refuse to answer any questions and request to speak with an attorney.
- Do not assume you will be found guilty in court. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest, you should never assume that you will be found guilty in court. There are several potential defenses to DUI charges—including defenses you may be able to assert even if you were legally impaired.
- Contact a Phoenix DUI lawyer promptly. If you are facing a DUI charge in Arizona, you need experienced legal representation. As a result, you should contact a Phoenix DUI lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to explain your legal rights, guide you through your next steps, and present a strategic defense on your behalf.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Phoenix DUI Lawyer at The Weingart Firm
The Phoenix DUI lawyers at The Weingart Firm have decades of experience representing clients charged with drunk driving and other serious criminal offenses. If you are facing a DUI following a run-in with the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force or the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force, call 480-405-7922 or contact us online now for a free consultation.