This Memorial Day Weekend, as families gathered to celebrate, law enforcement in Coconino County was on high alert, particularly focusing on enforcing DUI laws. While it's true that stringent DUI enforcement is crucial to keep our roads safe, it's equally vital to ensure that the rights of individuals are respected throughout the process.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) reported a significant increase in calls for service during the holiday weekend. A noteworthy statistic among these was the rise in DUI arrests, with deputies reporting five arrests for impaired driving. As DUI attorneys, we recognize the severe implications that such charges can have on an individual's personal and professional life.
One of these arrests was particularly striking - an Aggravated DUI case where the accused was alleged to be driving at high speed on Lake Mary Road with two children under 6 years of age unrestrained in the vehicle. This case underscores the increased severity and potential consequences when a DUI charge is elevated to an Aggravated DUI due to additional factors.
In Arizona, such factors can include
- having a minor in the vehicle,
- driving on a suspended license,
- or having multiple DUI convictions within a certain period.
It's important to note that facing an Aggravated DUI charge can be daunting, but it doesn't equate to a conviction. Every accused person deserves fair representation and the chance to present their defense in court. Our firm has years of experience handling even the most complex DUI cases, and we firmly believe in the principle of "innocent until proven guilty."
On average, the breath alcohol content (BrAC) of the suspects arrested was reported to be .140 BrAC, well above the legal limit of .08 BrAC in Arizona. If you're accused of a DUI, it's crucial to understand the scientific elements involved. Many factors can impact the accuracy of BrAC testing, including the device's calibration, the timing of the test, and individual metabolic factors. With a seasoned DUI attorney, these aspects can be thoroughly examined and potentially challenged in court.
Over the holiday weekend, the Sheriff's office also focused on boating enforcement, contacting 80 vessels on Lake Powell and issuing four citations. Remember, DUI laws extend to the operation of watercraft as well. So-called Boating Under the Influence (BUI) charges can be just as serious and carry similar penalties to a standard DUI.
Reflecting on Memorial Day Weekend, it's clear that DUI enforcement was a priority for local law enforcement. If you or a loved one found yourself facing a DUI or BUI charge over the weekend, it's essential to seek experienced legal counsel promptly. Our dedicated and experienced DUI attorneys are committed to protecting your rights, exploring all possible defenses, and seeking the best outcome in your case.