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Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI

Chris Pine is a Hollywood actor best known for playing James T. Kirk in the modern Star Trek movie. He is a 33 year successful actor with an impressive resume. Unfortunately, Chris Pine also recently pleaded guilty in a court in New Zealand to a DUI charge.

sign adChris was pulled over after leaving a party celebrating the end of a new movie. Per the police report, he said he had four drinks and a blood alcohol level of .11 percent, over the legal limit in New Zealand.

Chris’ lawyer entered the plea and the judge acknowledged that Pine appeared to show remorse and accepted his plea. Obviously, showing remorse is good and a fair judge is good. Whether or not a judge is fair or understanding is not always something you can control but you can make the best choices possible for yourself and for the safety of others.

The good news is nothing devastating happened that night – there was no car accident, nobody was injured or killed and Mr.Pine is accepting responsibility for his actions. Some may argue that Chris Pine was actually ok to drive. After all, driving your car home after a few drinks at a party is not so bad, is it? Many people do this. However, that is a bad basis for judgement and the law is clear. If you are over the legal blood alcohol limit, you are not okay to drive – period.

This is of course an anecdotal story about a celebrity. A celebrity who was lucky that he paid for his actions with fines and a court appearance and who already has a very financially lucrative career. For everyday people in this world, this is not the case. A DUI offense can ruin future job opportunities and worse.

DUI is a serious offense and can have terrible consequences for oneself and others around you. The best course of action is to not drive while under the influence ever. Obviously there are instances when poor judgement occurs and that mistake is made. Arizona has very strict laws against DUI and if you are arrested, the Mesa DUI lawyers at My AZ Lawyers can help.

My AZ Lawyers, PLLC,  is an Arizona law firm with a large team of legal experts to help. We have offices in Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale and Tucson. We are DUI attorneys, experienced in defending clients who have gotten in trouble with the law for DUI. Of course we will always hope to not have to defend someone since it is better that the DUI does not happen in the first place! But if the unfortunate situation happens, you need a good legal defense. We understand that decent people make mistakes and should learn from these mistakes and move on, not have the rest of their lives ruined for these mistakes. Having good legal representation can mean the difference between a good, fair outcome and a very tough hardest leaning of the law outcome. Let our law firm defend you  and your loved ones if you need it.

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 Rob Curgliano, DUI and CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

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1731 W. Baseline Road, Suite 100
Mesa, AZ 85202
Office: (480) 833-8000

What’s your DUI-Q?

How well do you know the Mesa Arizona DUI law? Do you know your rights when being stopped for a DUI or the consequences for a DUI conviction?

Test your IQ regarding Arizona DUI:

IQTrue or False: You have the right to refuse a Mesa field sobriety test if asked to do so by a police officer.
True. Field sobriety tests such as the one-leg stand, finger-to-nose tests, walk-a-straight-line, and other tests are voluntary in Mesa, Arizona.

True or False: Eating food can help you to sober up before you drive home after drinking. False. Eating before drinking may have an effect of the absorption of alcohol in your bloodstream, but eating anything (including breath mints, pennies, or hard candies) will not help your drunkenness/impairedness due to consuming too much alcohol.

True or False: You should answer a police officer if he/she asks if you have been drinking.
False. A Mesa AZ officer is asking you this question because your answer can be used against you as evidence. Your right is to remain silent and observe your right against self-incrimination. Your option instead of answering the question is to decline to answer the question and ask to call your Mesa DUI attorney.

True or False: You can refuse to take a blood test. This depends. If you have been arrested for a DUI and refuse to take the blood test, your driver’s license will be revoked for at least one year. Many times an officer will obtain a warrant in order to test your blood, even if you have declined. Arizona DUI laws are strict and tough; in fact, according to the law, it is implied that any person driving a motor vehicle and arrested for DUI is presumed to have given consent to the law.

True or False: You have the right to consult an attorney before an officer asks you to take a field sobriety test. False. According to Arizona courts, you do not have the right to counsel unless or until you are placed under arrest. You may, however, when asked to perform field sobriety tests to refuse the test and ask to speak with an attorney in Mesa.

True or False: You had one glass of wine. You are pulled over for speeding. You honestly tell the officer you had one glass of wine, as you are responsible and under control. It is possible that you blow over the legal limit if asked to take the breathalyzer test. True. You know you didn’t over indulge enough to possibly be dangerous or even “intoxicated,” but there are some things that can affect the accuracy / results of a breathalyzer test.

True or False: Drinking coffee will help you sober up before you drive your vehicle. False. Caffeine or any other ingredients in coffee will not help your liver metabolize alcohol, therefore not help you be more sober. Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or getting fresh air may give you a false sense of being more alert, but it has zero impact on the Blood Alcohol Content in your system.

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Mesa, AZ 85202
Office: (480) 833-8000

Driving While Intoxicated, What’s with all the Letters?

DUI Acronyms

DUI AcronymsDUI, DWI, OMVI, OVI… all acronyms that basically name the same offense: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUI is the most commonly used term meaning driving under the influence. “Under the influence” means operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs— a driver has consumed something that has impaired their ability to operate their vehicle properly.

It is unlawful for a person to be in actual physical control of a vehicle in the state of Arizona while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, drug, or vapor releasing substances that contain toxic substances, or a combination of any of these if it causes the person to be impaired to the slightest degree.

DWI, driving while intoxicated, better known as “drunk driving,” implies that a driver was operating a vehicle after consuming too much alcohol. DUI is a term that is more inclusive, as the driver is impaired due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, DWI is now referred to as driving while impaired, so the meaning of those letters DWI assumes impairment due to more than just booze.

OMVI, operating a motorized vehicle impaired, also refers to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Some states, however, have now changed OMVI to OVI: Operating a Vehicle Impaired. The change came about in some states where it is a crime to operate almost any “vehicle” while impaired; such as bicycles or horse-drawn carriages.

The state of Arizona defines driving under the influence, or DUI, as driving or operating a vehicle while mentally or physically impaired by any drug, alcohol, or vapor releasing substance. If you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona and need assistance or advice, consult an experienced Arizona DUI attorney.

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Anthony Rameriz and Rob Curgliano  — Expert CRIMINAL DEFENSE and DUI lawyers

 

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Mesa, AZ 85202
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Can You Fool a Breathalyzer Test?

Do any of these “tricks” actually work??

Just get pulled over and have been drinking? There are lots of myths regarding “sobering up” and “fooling” a breathalyzer test. Before getting behind the wheel, some people believe that if they get some fresh air, drink coffee, or even splash some cold water on their face will help them get sober. The best way to “sober” up is to let time pass as prolonged length of time allows the alcohol in your system to pass.

Can You Fool a Breathalyzer Test?There are some interesting, comical, even bizarre “secret” ways to beat a DUI. A breathalyzer is used by police to determine the blood alcohol content, which is the concentration of alcohol in the blood. There’s a lot of advice , or should we say delusions, out there that tell people what to do if ever in the situation where they have been drinking and pulled over facing a breath test. No doubt under the circumstances, panicked and faced with a possible DUI, people will try anything. Getting a DUI is no laughing matter, but it is ind of funny what people really believe will get them
to pass the breathalyzer test.

Sucking on a penny. Really? Gross. Yes, better than a DUI arrest, but ridiculous. A tic-tac or breath mint. The officer might think you have minty-fresh breath, but it will do no good when you breathe into the machine that will take the deep breaths from your lungs. Eating garlic or an onion. First of all, who carries onions and/or raw garlic with them in the car “in case I need to fool a breathalyzer”? So if fresh breath doesn’t work, why would stinky breath?

I guess if you are going to go against all advice that these don’t work to pass a breath test, then you should probably opt for the good breath? True, eating these strong-scented foods may mask the smell of alcohol on your breath, but it doesn’t mask the amount of alcohol in your system, which is detected by the breathalyzer.

I know desperate times call for desperate measures, but a newspaper article actually reported that a man in the back seat of a patrol car tried to eat his underwear in the hopes that the cotton fabric would absorb the alcohol. A word for the wise…. eating or sucking on your grundies does NOT help your case in determining that you are not under the influence. Nor does it fool any drunk driving tests.

Even if you’ve heard personal testimonies about any of the above working, they don’t. They make for really cool stories, but they do not fake-out a breathalyzer. Don’t you think the Arizona law enforcement officers are aware of all these absurd methods that people try to fool them? Come on! Of course they do!! When you are sucking on a penny as they are asking you for your driver’s license and car registration, they know what’s up. Plus, the breathalyzers that police officers use these days are highly advanced and modern, in addition, police usually wait some time after pulling you over before administering a breath test.

Ever heard of the “Breathalyzer Blitz”? These are mints sold in bars and marketed by a company that claimed these mints would rid the breath of alcohol odors. Does it make any sense that you could sit in a bar and get “over-served” and then suck on a candy so you are “OK” to drive? Obviously a genius marketing strategy to cash in on the fact that if some people are desperate to try eating coins, they would certainly try this.

Some people were even convinced that the something different beverage Zima was the key to fool the test because it left little odor on the breath. But it is still alcohol, people, and despite the fact that you can’t smell it doesn’t mean the alcohol isn’t in your system.

Finally, belching. Belching! No, burping has no effect on breath analysis test results. It’s just rude. The television program Myth Busters aired a segment on what works to beat a breathalyzer test. Nothing worked. Except not drinking. Or not driving after you have been drinking.

Basically, the only way to beat a breathalyzer is to WAIT until the alcohol is out of your system totally. However, if you find yourself facing a breathalyzer or driving under the influence charges, please contact an experienced DUI lawyer or DUI attorney and seek sound advice and guidance.

My AZ Lawyers, PLLC   “AFFORDABLE LEGAL HELP FOR AZ”

Rob Curigliano, Expert CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND DUI attorneys

1731 W. Baseline Road, Suite 100
Mesa, AZ 85202
Office: (480) 833-8000