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 »
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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 »