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The City of Scottsdale's Old Town and surrounding area is alive with crowds every weekend as people visit the many restaurants, bars and nightclubs the area has to offer. However, the area is also saturated with police officers who actively patrol and look for people who have may have consumed to much alcohol and are impaired to drive.
If you consume alcohol, operate a motor vehicle and are then investigated for DUI in the City of Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale Court system, protect your driving privileges and obtain the most favorable outcome for you.
The evidence against you in a DUI case pending in Scottsdale Municipal Court will likely consist of a motor vehicle violation or erratic driving behavior observed by police as well as signs and symptoms of alcohol consumption such as an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, poor balance and/or bloodshot and watery eyes. Officers will often request that 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 providing your name.
Following a DUI arrest in Scottsdale, officers will usually transport you to the Scottsdale 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. Scottsdale police will also require that you provide a blood sample. Arizona's Implied Consent Law requires that you provide a sample of your breath, blood and/or other bodily substance following an arrest for DUI. If you refuse these requests, 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 Scottsdale Municipal Court. If you don't have identification or are an out of state resident, you risk being booked into the city jail and held to see a judge. The Scottsdale Municipal Court is located at 3700 North 75th Street, Scottsdale. There are four courtrooms where misdemeanor and DUI cases are heard and eight prosecutors are responsible for reviewing each case.
Scottsdale DUI cases proceed through several different court appearances including your Arraignment, Pre-Trial Conferences, Trial Readiness Conference, Calendar Calls and Jury Trials. During this time, an experienced Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale City 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 Scottsdale Court system, judges and prosecutors.