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What exactly are ignition interlock devices? How does one get charged with an “extreme DUI” and how “extreme” is the punishment? Do you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test if pulled over by an officer? And just how reliable and accurate are those field sobriety tests, anyway? Understanding DUI laws will help prepare you in the event that you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Keeping up-to-date on the latest DUI research and understanding how impairment affects your driving may also save your life.

Knowledge is power, but if you have been charged with a DUI, it’s also a good strategy to consult a Phoenix DUI attorney about your case. Lawyers often provide free consultation before committing to a lawyer-client relationship. In addition, experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorneys may be able to apply the latest findings in DUI research to your case, enhancing your defense strategy.

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What are Extreme and Super Extreme DUIs?

A Kingman man is facing an extreme DUI charge after his truck hit a gas meter, two fences and two parked cars before slamming into a home, The Associated Press reports.

Though the "extreme" category name sounds hyperbolic and almost comical, the penalties for an extreme or super extreme DUI are anything but amusing -- as busted judges and cops could tell you.

But what exactly are extreme DUIs and super extreme DUIs?

DUI Officer Sentenced, Former Cases May Be Dismissed

A former DUI Phoenix police officer has now resigned and pleaded guilty to forgery. According to the police report, Jerry Schuiteboer, 38, collected more than $10,000 for fraud over a stolen truck, Phoenix's KPHO reports.

Schuiteboer, a former DUI police officer who has worked for the Phoenix police department for more than 17 years, currently has six active cases in the Phoenix court system for which he was either the arresting officer or the phlebotomist (the one who drew the blood).

These cases will likely be affected by Schuiteboer's own case. How so, though?

How to Get Your License Back After an AZ DUI

Part of the sentence for a DUI conviction in Arizona may involve having your license taken. So when everything is settled, you may need to have your license restored.

Once the suspension or revocation period ends following a DUI, your license won’t automatically come back. That means you can’t just get back behind the wheel without taking some extra steps. If you do, you’ll be in even bigger trouble for driving without a valid license.

However, by following some simple steps, it is relatively easy to get your license back.

How to Choose the Best DUI Attorney for You

We've previously written about whether you need a Phoenix DUI attorney if you want to plead guilty to drunken driving. But how do you choose the best DUI attorney for you?

There are literally thousands of DUI attorneys to choose from. And by reading their websites, they may all seem equally qualified.

But we've all read horror stories of people who choose the wrong DUI attorney. These people may have wasted time and money, and possibly even lost their freedom because of poor representation. To prevent that from happening to you, here are some tips on how to choose the best DUI attorney:

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... to get nabbed for drunken driving.

The increased traffic enforcement across the state netted a record number of DUI arrests this holiday season, according to The Arizona Republic. Officers arrested 4,371 people statewide on suspicion of DUI between Nov. 24 and Jan 1.

Drugged driving is a mounting problem in the Valley. In fact, authorities say that since 2009 the number of DUI drug arrests has increased by 100 percent in Mesa.

That's why the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Mesa Prosecutor's Office a grant to help improve DUI drug case prosecution, The Associated Press reports. With the grant, the Mesa Police Department's Crime Lab plans to expand its hours in order to process more drugged driving cases.

Back in 2010, high school senior Joey Romero was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from his job at a dollar store. After the accident, Romero's family began pushing for increased penalties for hit-and-run drivers.

On Wednesday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1163 into law, The Arizona Republic reports. Under "Joey's Law," drivers who kill someone and then drive off could lose their licenses for a decade.

We Americans like to think of our country as the "sweet land of liberty." So it's pretty shocking that less than 100 years ago our forefathers could've been thrown in jail for enjoying an alcoholic beverage.

Unsurprisingly, Prohibition failed to make drunkenness and crime things of the past. In fact, it only led to more crime. That's why 79 years ago today, America came to its senses and passed the 21st Amendment, restoring our right to imbibe.

What better way to celebrate Repeal Day than to drink some booze with friends and family? Here's a quick reminder of how we arrived at this day:

Five o'clock is generally considered the time of day when drinking becomes socially acceptable. However, that may be a thing of the past.

According to Scottsdale law enforcement, more and more people are getting sloshed before happy hour and then hitting the road, Fox 10 News reports.

What's behind this potentially dangerous phenomenon?

What's causing Arizona motorists to drive straight into heavily flooded areas? Are they drunk, high, or just impatient?

Apparently it happens frequently enough that state legislators felt compelled to act, Fox News reports. Under section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, often referred to as the "Stupid Motorist Law," motorists who become stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded area can be charged the cost of his or her rescue.