Drugged Driving DUI Defense Lawyers in Tempe & Phoenix, Arizona

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Drugged Driving DUI Defense Lawyers in Tempe & Phoenix, Arizona

& Certified Criminal Law Specialists
Free Consultation 24/7
& Payment Plans

We Are Open During These Difficult Times & Serving Our Clients Via Telephone or Video Conferencing

Get Help from Former DUI Judge & Drugged Driving DUI Defense Lawyer Mark Weingart in Tempe & Phoenix, AZ

In Arizona, driving under the influence of drugs can result in a DUI conviction. You may be charged with a DUI if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an illegal substance such as narcotics. In fact, even if you are taking a legal, prescribed drug, you can still be charged with a DUI if you are impaired at the time of your driving. Some of the penalties include:

  • Up to 6 Months in Jail

  • Fines and Costs of Up to $2,5000 or More

  • Suspension of Your Driving Privileges in Arizona

  • Screening and Treatment Program

Unlike a DUI for alcohol, a chemical test for drugs in a person’s system can’t tell if a driver was impaired by a drug. Instead, law enforcement officers are trained to become “Drug Recognition Experts” (DRE’s) who supposedly can tell, through observation and field sobriety tests, whether a person is impaired by drugs. Our DUI lawyers have in-depth training and the knowledge to challenge these so-called drug recognition experts.

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    Get Help from Former DUI Judge & Drugged Driving DUI Defense Lawyer Mark Weingart in Tempe & Phoenix, AZ

    In Arizona, driving under the influence of drugs can result in a DUI conviction. You may be charged with a DUI if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an illegal substance such as narcotics. In fact, even if you are taking a legal, prescribed drug, you can still be charged with a DUI if you are impaired at the time of your driving. Some of the penalties include:

    • Up to 6 Months in Jail

    • Fines and Costs of Up to $2,5000 or More

    • Suspension of Your Driving Privileges in Arizona

    • Screening and Treatment Program

    Unlike a DUI for alcohol, a chemical test for drugs in a person’s system can’t tell if a driver was impaired by a drug. Instead, law enforcement officers are trained to become “Drug Recognition Experts” (DRE’s) who supposedly can tell, through observation and field sobriety tests, whether a person is impaired by drugs. Our DUI lawyers have in-depth training and the knowledge to challenge these so-called drug recognition experts.

    Free Consultation 24/7

    DUI Lawyers | Criminal Attorneys | Phoenix

    Mark Weingart and his team have helped thousands of people who've been charged with a DUI and other crimes in Arizona. Let him help you too.

    Affordable Payment Plans Available

      Drug Recognition Experts in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona

      In Arizona, some police officers are attempting to offer their “expert” opinion as DRE’s regarding whether a driver is under the influence of narcotics. There are 12 steps to a DRE’s Drug Evaluation Process:

      1. Breath Alcohol Test – A sample of breath is taken from the driver to determine the concentration of alcohol.
      2. Interview of Arresting Officer – The DRE consults with the investigating officer to determine the circumstances surrounding the driver’s apprehension.
      3. Preliminary Examination – During an initial examination, the DRE asks the driver questions regarding the driver’s medical and physical limitations.
      4. Eye Examination – The DRE conducts tests for Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) and Vertical Gaze Nystagmus (VGN).
      5. Divided Attention Tests – The DRE has the driver perform the One Leg Stand test with both legs, the Walk and Turn test, a Modified Romberg Balance test, and the Finger-to-Nose test.
      6. Examination of Vital Signs – The DRE records the driver’s blood pressure, pulse, and body temperature.
      7. Dark Room Examination – The DRE examines the driver’s pupils in near total darkness, under direct light, and in normal room light. The DRE also examines the driver’s oral and nasal cavities.
      8. Examination of Muscle Tone – The DRE examines the flexion and the extension of the driver’s muscles to see if there is any flaccidity or rigidity.
      9. Examination of Injection Sites – The DRE examines common injection sites to determine if the driver is using injected substances.
      10. Driver’s Statements / Other Observations – The DRE tries to solicit information from the driver which will corroborate any signs and symptoms that the DRE has observed.
      11. DRE’s Opinion – The DRE makes a determination of the class or classes of drugs that is influencing the driver based on a matrix of the symptomology associated with known classes of drugs.
      12. Toxicological Examination – Blood, saliva or urine is obtained from the driver and is analyzed to determine what class of substances are present that corroborates the DRE’s opinion.

      Challenging the Reliability of Drug Recognition Experts

      The reliability of DRE’s has been as widely criticized and has been challenged by defense attorneys in many states. For example, one of the things that DRE’s look for is dilated pupils. There are numerous medical reasons why one’s pupils may become dilated which include sexual arousal, excitement, and performing complex cognitive tasks. Ironically, most people who get pulled over even for a simple traffic ticket experience a bit of fight or flight response to flashing blue lights. Just the sheer fact of being pulled over can cause enough excitement, and consequently the release of enough adrenaline, to cause your pupils to become dilated. No matter what the circumstances may be, our DUI attorneys are prepared to challenge any opinion presented against our clients by any “Drug Recognition Expert” including using our own experts in various fields of medicine to challenge the reliability of the DRE’s training, testing, and opinion.

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      If you’re charged with a crime or a DUI in Arizona, you need to act fast. For example, for DUI’s you only have 15 days to request a MVD hearing before your privilege to drive in Arizona is automatically suspended.

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      About Mark Weingart

      Phoenix DUI Lawyer & Criminal Attorney Mark Weingart

      Former DUI Judge
      & Certified Criminal Defense Specialist

      Phoenix DUI attorney Mark N. Weingart is a certified criminal law specialist and has helped DUI clients in Phoenix, Arizona for over 40 years. He was Judge in Tempe where he presided over a significant number of DUI cases. He also served as an assistant county prosecuting attorney in Ohio and as Assistant Attorney General for Arizona.

      About Your Free DUI Consultation

      Meet with one of our DUI lawyers, and we will go over all of your rights, we'll answer all of your questions, and we'll explain exactly how we can successfully defend you regarding issues such as:

      • Basic DUI Charges - Involving first-time offenders and a blood alcohol level below .15 percent
      • Implied Consent Violations - When you refused a breath or blood test
      • Damaging Evidence - Gathered from field sobriety, breath, and blood tests
      • Extreme DUI Charges - When your blood alcohol content is .15 percent or higher
      • Felony DUI Charges - Such as Aggravated DUI and alcohol-related vehicular assault and homicide
      • Repeat Offender Cases - Which for third-offense DUI cases can be charged as felonies
      • Driver’s Privileges Revocation - Involving a MVD administrative hearing to keep your privilege to drive while your DUI case is pending

      Download Our Free Book on DUI

      Mark Weingart’s book, “How to Survive a DUI Charge in Arizona,” is available for FREE. Based on over 40 years of experience defending DUI’s, Mark wrote this book to explain the laws and your rights in Arizona concerning a DUI in easy-to-understand terms. If you’ve been charged with a DUI or you want to know your legal rights if you are stopped for a DUI, then this book is a MUST READ.

      What’s in the Free DUI Book

      • How DUI Charges are Defined in Arizona

      • What Happens After a DUI Arrest in Arizona

      • Penalties for a Second Offense or Aggravated DUI

      • Drug Related DUI in Arizona

      Free Book on DUI in Arizona
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      Download Our Free Book on DUI

      Mark Weingart’s book, “How to Survive a DUI Charge in Arizona,” is available for FREE. Based on over 40 years of experience defending DUI’s, Mark wrote this book to explain the laws and your rights in Arizona concerning a DUI in easy-to-understand terms. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI or you want to know your legal rights if you are stopped for a DUI, then this book is a MUST READ.

      What’s in the Free DUI Book

      • How DUI Charges are Defined in Arizona

      • What Happens After a DUI Arrest in Arizona

      • Penalties for a Second Offense or Aggravated DUI

      • Drug Related DUI in Arizona

      Free Book on DUI in Arizona
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      Arizona is home to the strictest DUI and criminal laws in the country. A criminal conviction can result in substantial fines, community service, or jail time. Our law firm has the in-depth training and knowledge needed to defend you. Trust the protection of your rights to lawyers who have built a name for themselves in DUI and criminal defense. Contact us today to learn more about how Mark Weingart and his team can help you.

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