Case Summaries

Dennys Rodriguez v. United States: New Protection for Car Drivers from Unconstitutional Search and Seizure

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Dennys Rodriguez v. United States, 575 U.S. ____ (2015), issued April 21, 2015, gives defendants and defense attorneys a powerful new tool to suppress evidence discovered after a routine traffic stop should have ended. This case establishes the rule that "a police stop [...]

2018-02-27T17:51:05+00:00 May 12th, 2015|Articles & Publications, Case Summaries|

DUI Defense

Over Labor Day Weekend, Arizona police issued a four-day statewide DUI enforcement crackdown and arrested 582 people on suspicion of DUI. That's 79 more than last year, or about a 16 percent increase.  Of those arrested, the average blood alcohol content was .145. DUIs in which authorities suspected drug use [...]

2018-02-17T11:55:23+00:00 September 26th, 2014|Case Summaries|

AZ Supreme Court: Non-Impairing Marijuana Metabolites Cannot be Basis for DUI Conviction

A divided Arizona Supreme Court significantly limited the scope of Arizona Driving Under the Influence laws in a decision published last week. Under the pertinent section of the DUI statute, driving is prohibited “While there is any drug…or its metabolite in the person's body.”  A.R.S. § 28-1381(a)(3).  Past Arizona cases [...]

2018-02-27T17:51:33+00:00 April 30th, 2014|Articles & Publications, Case Summaries|

AZ Court Concludes GPS Planted on Borrowed Car Violates 4th Amendment of Driver

Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a ruling restricting police official use of GPS devices for monitoring purposes.  The Defendant was the target of a drug investigation based on information gained from informants.  When police heard that the Defendant borrowed another person’s vehicle to make “drug runs” [...]

2018-02-27T17:51:41+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Articles & Publications, Case Summaries|