June 2012 Archives

Arizona Supreme Court Rules on Juvenile DNA Case

By now, most of us are familiar with law enforcement's use of DNA when investigating crimes. Samples are taken from individuals suspected of committing certain criminal acts to see if they can be tied to a crime scene. Arizona collects these DNA samples, and then checks to see if there are any other crimes where the DNA was present. This could result in additional charges for defendants.

Child Passengers May Mean Aggravated DUI in Arizona

Arizona's tough DUI laws are designed to make motorists think twice before getting behind-the-wheel if they have had too much to drink. The penalties for a DUI conviction can have a long-lasting effect, making it difficult to move past the initial punishments. If the matter becomes a high-profile case, it can be a challenge to present a strong defense to the charges.

DREs: The Special Officers Focused on "Drugged Driving"

Arizona has had some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the U.S. Some of these laws have recently changed to lesson some of the potential penalties that go along with a DUI conviction. However, like many other states, Arizona is experiencing challenges with the number of drivers thought to be operating while under the influence of drugs. One of the main difficulties that for officials is developing a system to test motorists that officers believe are impaired.

More Law Enforcement Officials Focusing on 'Bath Salt' Drug Crimes

A new type of drug has been making national news lately. Commonly referred to as "bath salts," these synthetic drugs are designed to mirror the effects of other illegal drugs, such as PCP. A recent attack in Florida by a man believed to be under the influence of bath salts may lead to increased penalties for those convicted of drug crimes associated with these drugs.