An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer reported finding more liquor than coffee in Rep. Albert Hale’s car when he arrested the Arizona Democrat in November. Prosecutors are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if Hale, D-St. ...Read More »
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Medical-marijuana cardholders in Arizona who drive after using the drug may face a difficult legal choice: their driver's license or their marijuana card. If they use both, they could be charged with DUI.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers may roll back the clock and restore first-time misdemeanor DUI defendants' right to a jury trial.Read More »
I am writing to correct a number of inaccuracies in the May 20 “special report” printed in your newspaper (“A push from the right: More conservatives joining fight to change sentencing guidelines”). I am sure the reporter’s intention was to present a thorough examination of this important topic, but her final product was extremely one-sided and lacking in several important facts. As the chief prosecutor for the 4 million residents of Maricopa County, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight.Read More »
Arizona solidified its reputation as a state that is particularly tough on drunk drivers in 2007, when legislators required first-time offenders to equip their vehicle with an ignition interlock device for one year.Read More »
Since the late 1970s, rising crime has led lawmakers to require prison time for many non-violent offenses.
But some say eliminating the options of fines, work release, substance-abuse treatment and house arrest in favor of prison time can turn non-violent offenders into career criminals.
Now, as states face large budget deficits, calls for reforming sentencing for non-violent offenders also are coming increasingly from conservatives who call prison costs unsustainable.
Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a drunken-driving bill that ends misdemeanor DUI defendants' automatic right to a jury trial for a first offense and eases potential penalties those offenders face.Read More »
The latest effort to amend Arizona’s ignition-interlock device law — which would limit how long a first-time DUI offender would have to use one — received a Senate committee’s unanimous recommendation on Jan. 26.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature has balked at a statewide ban on texting while driving during each of the past three sessions despite bipartisan support for such a measure. So this year, a Tucson Democrat is planning a different approach.Read More »