Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day upon you, our loyal Arizona revelers! It’s understandable if that first part was not entirely legible because it’s a traditional Irish blessing that is given on St. Patrick’s day in Ireland. With so many Chicago Cubs fans in town for their spring training at the recently constructed stadium affectionately dubbed “Cubs Park”, there is certain to be some festive merriment over libations this holiday weekend.
Unfortunately, St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations are going to end abruptly and harshly for some with a DUI charge from one of the sobriety checkpoints that will undoubtedly be in full force over the course of the weekend. If you find yourself in one of these sobriety checkpoints and you have had alcoholic beverages earlier on in the evening and you aren’t sure how to proceed then expert Arizona DUI defense attorney Mark N. Weingart from the The Weingart Firm, PLLC has some advice that may serve you well in that situation.
In Arizona, once you have entered a sobriety checkpoint or any time an officer requests them you are obligated to present the inquiring officer of the law with your valid driver’s license, your vehicle registration, and your proof of insurance for the vehicle you are operating. Understand that from the moment that the officer asks for the aforementioned information, that they are also looking for any indicators that may suggest that you are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The indicators they will be looking for include:
It is important to understand that you are not required by law to answer any questions asked of you at any time during your encounter with law enforcement officers during any traffic stop. Until you are placed under arrest you don’t have the right to an attorney but you also don’t have any obligation to incriminate yourself either. You have the right to remain silent, and expert DUI defense attorney Mark N. Weingart suggests that you use it! If you are placed under arrest, immediately and politely request to speak to an attorney and do not answer any questions or make any statements, comments, or even small talk. All of this information “can and will be used against you in a court of law.” If you are reading this right now and you are in or are planning to be in the areas of Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, or Phoenix, Arizona do yourself a huge favor and add these two important phone numbers to the contact list of your mobile phone or write them down somewhere that you can easily access: Mark Weingart, DUI Attorney Tempe Office: (480) 897-8737, Phoenix Office: (602) 635-3322, we hope you never need it and we will be there for you if you do!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America, and we strongly encourage you to enjoy the festivities responsibly this weekend so you won’t need any of the advice we’ve offered here today. Designated drivers, public transportation, and cab services should be utilized as much and as often as possible if you are planning on celebrating with alcohol this weekend. Keep in mind that Arizona has the harshest DUI penalties in the entire country and that there is zero tolerance for drivers under 21 with alcohol in their system. If you should find yourself being accused of and charged with Driving Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol then you should unequivocally contact the The Weingart Firm, PLLC to provide your DUI defense.
Mark N. Weingart has successfully and aggressively defended thousands of DUI cases in the Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona. Mark Weingart’s experience on both sides of the bench in DUI cases will ensure that you are getting the absolute best DUI defense available in Arizona. Whether you are watching the Chicago Cubs hone their skills for next season during spring training or you are simply being Irish for the weekend with green beers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend you can trust the The Weingart Firm to be there for you in the event that you are charged with DUI. With that, we would like to wish you a fun, safe, and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sláinte!