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The City of Tempe's downtown area is alive with crowds every weekend as people attend ASU sporting events and parties and visit the many restaurants, bars and nightclubs the area has to offer. With that however comes saturated enforcement of the State's DUI laws and police on foot, bicycle and in patrol vehicles are constantly on the lookout for impaired drivers.
If you consume alcohol, operate a motor vehicle and are then investigated for DUI in the City of Tempe you should know that harsh consequences may result. Whether you are cited for Driving While Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol, DUI with an Alcohol Concentration above .08, Extreme DUI involving an Alcohol Concentration above .15 or Super Extreme DUI (BAC above .20), you should immediately contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer who can navigate through the Tempe Court system, protect your driving privileges and obtain the most favorable outcome for you.
The evidence against you in a DUI case pending in Tempe Municipal Court will likely consist of a motor vehicle violation observed by police, signs and symptoms of alcohol consumption such as an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, poor balance and/or bloodshot and watery eyes. Officers will then request you participate in the standard roadside sobriety tests and answer questions concerning your consumption of alcohol prior to driving. Remember, your participation in the various field sobriety tests such as horizontal gaze nystagmus (eye test), the walk and turn, one leg stand, finger count and Rhomberg Modified is voluntary. You are not under any legal obligation to do them and you should politely decline. Similarly, you should not answer any questions posed by the investigating officers aside from proving your name.
Following an arrest for DUI in Tempe, officers will usually transport you to the Tempe Police Department and request that to provide two breath samples. You will be advised to blow into an Intoxilyzer 5000 breath testing instrument which will measure your alleged alcohol concentration. If you refuse the breath test, the officers will attempt to obtain a search warrant permitting them to draw blood from you. You will also be served with an Implied Consent Suspension of your drivers license and risk a one year revocation. Officers can also request a blood or urine sample if they suspect the driving impairment is caused by illegal or prescription drugs.
After being processed, you will likely be released and issued a citation directing you to appear at the Tempe Municipal Court. The Tempe Municipal Court is located at 140 East 5th Street, Tempe. There are three courtrooms where misdemeanor and DUI cases are heard and eight prosecutors are responsible for reviewing each case.
Tempe DUI cases proceed through several different court appearances including your Arraignment, Pre-Trial Conferences, Calendar Calls and Jury Trials. During this time, an experienced Tempe DUI lawyer will review all of the information related to your case, interview potential witnesses, research legal issues and negotiate the best possible outcome for you.
An attorney who regularly practices in the Tempe Municipal Court can be of great assistance in obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. Whether this involves getting DUI charges dismissed or reduced, arranging home detention in place of jail or fighting your case at trial, you should contact an attorney who is familiar with the Tempe Court system, judges and prosecutors.