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  1. Even Celebrities Make Mistakes

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    As most of our world loves to gossip, and as much as we all would like to deny it, gossip happens, we simply can’t help ourselves. Especially when it is super juicy! So what is the juiciest of all gossip talk? Tabloids, featuring celebrities, showing them in “normal people” situations.

    As a normal person, I always like to think that a celebrity is not much different than me. (Other than the glam and good looks, of course). So, when a said celebrity is caught wearing sweats and a t-shirt out in public, chomping down on a Big Mac, no make-up, in a somewhat normal car, etc. it tends to make us see them as a typical, life not put perfectly together, human being. Which, of course, makes us all feel better about our lives.

    One situation that celebrities tend to get the most gossip spread about them is when they get in trouble, like getting a DUI. I mean, what celebrity actually gets a DUI?! Don’t they have people for that?? But no, if a celebrity gets behind the wheel, after a fabulous night out enjoying $1000 bottle service, and they get pulled over, no amount of fame will get them out of the inevitable situation about to ensue.

    It’s weird, when a tabloid is spread across People Magazine, showing a mug pic or blurry arresting scene of Sam Hunt or Reese Witherspoon, in handcuffs, being hauled off to jail. It makes them almost human. All fame pushed aside, raw, and exposed. After all, if any of us were to do the same thing, (maybe minus the extravagant red-carpet party), we would not get preferential treatment, so why should they?

    What’s nice, is that they don’t. They get slapped with the same consequences as anyone else would. Thousands of dollars in fines, a night in jail (at minimum), license suspended, steps to complete, and yes that includes all steps. Counseling, Traffic Survival School, Alcohol Screening, Ignition Interlock, and SR-22. No skipping, no amount of money to move straight to “go”, no if’s and’s or but’s. Same rules apply, same consequences to be had.

    So, just for fun, let’s gossip a bit! What big name celebrities have suffered from the bad decision of drinking and driving? As I’ve mentioned, Sam Hunt (most recently) was caught drinking and driving, an extreme slap on the wrist at that. Reese Witherspoon, years ago, pulled over for a DUI.

    Justin Bieber, even Keanu Reeves, I KNOW, he is so perfect! But even the ones you would never expect can have poor judgement at times. Of course, Lindsey Lohan, she pretty much got caught with everything under the moon and was charged for each narcotic found. Khloe Kardashian, yes, even a Kardashian can get into trouble. Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have both been charged with a DUI.

    Full House’s John Stamos, yes, you got it dude, Uncle Jesse! How could he?! He’s human, that’s how. Even athletes get into trouble. Michael Phelps, pressure of being perfect really got to him. Lamar Odem, I’m sure we all remember that period of tension when the world thought we would lose him. Drugs and alcohol, they can really destroy a life, even if you’re famous. Bruno Mars, he for sure could not sing his way out of that one.

    The list really goes on and on. Celebrities, just like us “normal” folk, fall prey to bad decisions, and with all that fame and fortune, maybe they approached the situation with the impression of being untouchable. But, when it comes to drinking and driving, safety is the real issue. No amount of fame and money and status will keep you excluded from the law.

    So, this post is not necessarily about statistics or reasons to not drink and drive. More, this is to make poor decisions seem less exclusive to any old “normal” person. Anyone can get a DUI. If you drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are not excluded to getting around the law. So, if you, or someone you know, has had a DUI, take a look at others who have had a DUI, don’t be SO hard on yourself, of course, learn from your mistake, but know that it is not just you.

    If you are confused, lost, in need of help with your DUI, give us a call! DPX DUI Process Experts, we are a FREE service to help navigate you through the confusing, frustrating process of a DUI. We want to help you make it through the tough process and get you back on the road. 602-441-9444, and visit our website, www.duiprocessexperts.com.

  2. New Year’s Resolution

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    A new year, a new decade, crazy right?! Every year, after 365 good, bad, beautiful and ugly days, intermixed, we are brought into an opportunity to start over. Go back to day one and have our slates wiped clean. The possibilities we can create for ourselves are endless.

    We actually have a name for these possibilities, New Years Resolutions. As much as some people may tell themselves that they “don’t do resolutions”, let’s face it, we all do.  And why wouldn’t you? Whether the resolutions go as planned or not, it is a free opportunity, given to us on day one of month one of a brand-new year, to better ourselves.

    So, what are some common resolutions we tend to lean to upon the new year? “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m going to go to the gym”, “I’m going to be more organized”, the list goes on.

    But one that seems to be pretty common across the board, “I’m going to stop drinking”. This is actually a phenomenon, making its way from Europe, all the way to the states. It’s called Dry January.

    Dry January is used as a way to detox from the holidays, give your body a bit of a break, there are so many benefits to taking a month away from drinking. Drinking, especially heavy drinking, can be damaging, in many ways, to your body. So, taking a break can help your body reset itself. It can also help you take a step back and analyze just how much, or how little in cases, you are actually drinking.

    “Excessive drinking and binge drinking can lead to several negative health effect, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol” Women’s health expert Jennifer Wilder, M.D., (self.com).

    During the months of November and December we tend to find ourselves in the whirlwind of craziness with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and all the various holidays in December hitting us in the face in a matter of a handful of weeks. Typically, the holidays are time periods where our alcohol consumption tends to increase. Whether it is because your family is driving your crazy (we know you love them anyways), whether you are attending a hundred awesome parties, or maybe it’s because the holidays can be stressful and hectic and crazy, alcohol is an easy “go to” to make these things easier and/or more fun.

    A lot of times, these weeks of drinking can turn into some dangerous habits that are hard to break. Let’s say a person is already walking that fine line of being a binge drinker, maybe borderline having an alcohol abuse problem. The “holidays” can be that thing that tips a person over that fine line. It can be dangerous.

    That’s why a Dry January can be a good resolution, reset, pause for a person who probably really needs it. “Dry January appeals to someone who may have noticed a pattern that they’re drinking a little bit more than they should, especially during the holidays,” Michael Levy, Ph.D., (goodhousekeeping.com).

    So, is this you? Is this someone you know? If it is, that’s ok! If I am being honest, I am going to do Dry January. I mean, why wouldn’t you at least try, right?! Going back to that idea of a New Year’s Resolution, if you keep it, that’s great! If you don’t that’s totally fine! It’s the effort and thought that count. It’s the “want” behind the act.

    Go ahead and live it up tonight! It’s New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve before a brand-new decade! But, don’t drink and drive my friends. You want to make it to this new year and ring it in alive and in style, not behind bars, hungover. Have fun but do it responsibly. Designate a driver, take a Lyft (use our code NODUI), and make it home safe and sound.

    If you, or someone you know, does get a DUI, or has a DUI, give us a call. DPX DUI Process Experts is a FREE service where we will help you with each step of the DUI process – Alcohol Screening, Counseling, Traffic Survival School, SR-22, and Ignition Interlock. It is a lot, it is confusing, but we will walk with you and help you through it all the way to the end.

    Give us a call today – 602-441-9444 and visit our website, www.duiprocessexperts.com.  Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Operating Do Not’s

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    When you hear “DUI”, what immediately comes to mind? Probably a beverage, that has alcohol, and probably some kind of vehicle, right? That is the typical image of what a DUI is. After all, it does stand for “driving” under the influence. And what do you drive? A car.

    But this isn’t always the case. Think about it. The reason why driving is so dangerous when you have had a few drinks is because you are moving. And it’s more than just moving on your own two feet – that’s you in control of you and you do you boo. But when you are in a vehicle, you are taking your life, and the life of those around, into the hands of a motor, a wheel, and the chance that you can coordinate yourself enough to pay attention to all that is involved when operating said vehicle. It’s A LOT!

    The word “vehicle” is interpreted as a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart. The word “driving” is defined as the control and operation of a motor vehicle. So, let’s put two and two together. If you are in a vehicle, no matter the purpose, and you are driving said vehicle, to wherever, you are considered operating a vessel, that has a running motor, that is intended to be paid attention to, especially when taken out on any distance.

    So, what am I trying to get at here with all of this “mumbo jumbo”? You can get a DUI while operating more than just your Corolla or Prius, I am actually going to give you a list of vehicles that are considered motorized that are illegal to operate while under the influence.

    1. Boats – yes, you can get a DUI on a boat. Which is really unfortunate if you think about it? Because how many of us love to go out, especially in the summer, and chill on our boat whilst drinking a cold beer? Everyone, everyone loves to do this! But just like you need that “DD” when at the bar, you need the same on your day on the lake.

     

    1. Bikes – while it may not have a motor, lets revisit our definition of a vehicle – after all, the term is operating a vehicle. If you are on a bike, you are transporting people/goods, i.e. yourself. Even more, if said bike has a motor on it, you are double duty in trouble.

     

    1. This same approach can be said for our next two – Segway’s and Mopeds. Don’t even think about it. You have now gone from four wheels to two, don’t back track like that.

     

    1. Tractors – you can actually get a DUI on a tractor! Who owns a tractor?! “Oh, hey Debra. After this twelve pack of Coors, let’s go hop on my good ‘ol John Deer and cruise the town!” – said No One Ever.

     

    1. Same goes for a lawn mower, and no not your typical push and pull one you use on the front lawn that 5ft by 5ft. I mean an actual riding lawn mower. Now, I’m not saying that people do not have these things on hand. But who would go riding one after knocking back a few?? Actually, now that I think about it, maybe it would sound like something a really drunk person would do. But don’t! That’s the last thing that you should do in that situation.

     

    1. Golf carts – I get it. A day out on the course, a few drinks down, hitting those balls back and forth, soaking up that sun in your cute country club outfit. Who wouldn’t love a day like that? That’s where the trouble stems from. The idea that this is fun and relaxing and who would ever think that there would be consequences?

     

    1. And my favorite, most hilarious of them all, dun, dun, dun, drum roll…. A child’s toy car! YUP, you heard me right. Don’t even think about squeezing those cheeks into your nieces Barbie Jeep while sipping on your dry martini, no olives, cruising at that slow 5 mph down Cherry Lane. It may seem like a fun, great idea, completely picture worthy and Instagram approved, but the law does not seem to agree. Technically, it is considered motorized, and you will get slapped with a nasty DUI.

     

    Overall moral of the list is, don’t drink and operate. It sounds simple, but sometimes it’s not. Because not everyone knows the law in it’s fullest. Which is why proceeding with caution is always best. If you have to ask, it’s probably a no. If you are going to drink, that’s great! Live it up my friends. Just leave the driving to the sober people, they know what to do.

    If you do find yourself with a DUI, or you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, we can help! DPX DUI Process Experts is a FREE service that will help you navigate the DUI struggle. We know all the right people in all the right places who want to help you get done what needs to get done in order to get you back to that thing called life. Things like Traffic Survival School, Counseling, Alcohol Screening, SR-22, and Ignition Interlock, we got your back. Give us a call today! 602-441-9444 and visit our website at duiprocessexperts.com.

    Drive safe, be responsible, and have a good time!

     

  4. Go, Team, Go!

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    “Monday night football’s takin over the town. We gotta get ready, we gotta get right. It’s gonna be a battle in the NFL tonight. So, get ready, I mean get ready. Are you ready for some football?” If you like, love, are obsessed… pretty much all of the above… with football, then you know this song. And really, who doesn’t love football?

    It’s that time of year again, the time that we all look forward to, it’s fall ya’ll! Fall means a lot of things – it means cooler weather, it means being outdoors more often, it means brunch on the patio, but most importantly it means that it is officially football season.

    Even if you aren’t into football, because #sportsarelife does not apply to all, doesn’t mean that you don’t love football season. Because this season comes with more than just big men, in tight pants, tossing around a brown ball, down a 120-yard field of turf, for hours on a Sunday. Though I wouldn’t call that a downer (wink, wink).

    This season is also about tailgates! Who doesn’t love chilling in a parking lot with all your friends, decked out in your team’s gear, eating hotdogs and downing a few beers? Or back yarding it at your buddy’s house cheering on whoever is playing while keeping that Bud Light nice and cool in its coozie? It’s all a good time up in here!

    But, of course, with a great time comes great responsibility. You can’t have one without the other. That’s why it’s so important to think before you party (you thought I was going to say drink, didn’t you?). But I didn’t say drink because it’s not just drinking. With the day and age that we are living in there are all kinds of ways to be charged with intoxication, aka marijuana.

    But, let’s talk about drinking for right now. It’s cool to drink! Ice cold beer, hard liquor, those White Claws everyone is hung up on – it’s all a good time. There is a time and place, though. Sure, tailgating or back yard bbq’ing are pretty standard drinking situations, but only when done right.

    What is right, you may ask? Right, in this case, means responsible and responsible means making a plan. It means being intentional about your plans for the day. If you’re going to drink, make sure you have an exit plan. Are you ridesharing, Lyft, Uber? Are you having someone pick you up? Is a friend, one you trust, going to be the sober driver? Or are you at a place that you can stay the night at? These are all things that need to be planned out and executed at the end of it all.

    Also, what are you drinking? Because it does matter. Are you doing hard liquor? If so, don’t be going hard in the paint. Chill out, take it easy, enjooooyyy that beverage. I’ve heard what happens when you drink those hard seltzers…. Did you know that they have more alcohol content than most “party” beers?! Taking it easy is an understatement when it comes to those sparkling delights. Beer, as we know, can be a pretty chill drink of choice, but watch out for those IPA’s, they can really sneak up on a fella.

    The end all of it all – don’t drink and drive. Everyone wants to have a good time, so let’s not ruin it with a situation that is completely avoidable. With all of the resources available to those who are out having that good time, there really is no reason not to take advantage of them. They are literally right at your fingertips, i.e. Apple products rule.

    If you do get a DUI, which happens, don’t beat yourself up too much, we can help you! DPX DUI Process Experts is a free service that is available and wanting to help you, or if you know someone, get out of the DUI lane as quickly and painlessly as possible. We will help walk you through it all – counseling, alcohol screening, traffic survival school, ignition interlock and SR-22 insurance. You need them all and most times it can be confusing, frustrating and leave you feeling like you are alone in this process.

    We want to help you! We will be there for you through each step and we have the hook ups for you. We know the right people to connect you with that will be great! So, give us a call today, 602-441-9444, and visit our website at duiprocessexperts.com.

    Go, team, go!

  5. Mo Money, Mo Money

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    Money, money, money! Do you know how much it costs when you get a DUI? Unfortunately, most people don’t. So, we’re going to talk about it!

    Money is a valuable commodity, one that we do not give up easily. I don’t know about you, but I would rather be that person bathing in a bathtub of hundred-dollar bills rather than making it rain at people in the club.  Call me crazy, but I work hard for my money and I want to keep it, as I am sure you do too.

    This is hard to do when certain life events happen, which they tend to do. Car breaks down, costs money. Pipe breaks in your house, here’s some money. Broke your leg and need surgery, so much money. Get a DUI – insert face smack emoji, crying emoji and all the cash sign emoji’s there are.

    DUI’s are not cheap, don’t believe the person who tells you they are. There are quite a few steps that must be completed before you can get your license back and get those wheels rolling down the road again. You have jail time, court, alcohol assessment/counseling, traffic survival school, SR-22 insurance, and getting an ignition interlock. And these are just your basic steps.

    So, let’s get right into it!

    Jail time – Why? Well, you did get arrested right? Typically for a first-time offense you will only need to serve a minimum of 24 hours in jail. But it does depend on the severity of that offense. The higher the alcohol limit may determine a higher amount of jail time. This amount can add up to almost 6 months of jail time needed. And yes, jail time does cost money. Anywhere between $250 to $2,500! That’s a lot of dough. And not only dough, it’s your freedom as well. Your freedom of driving. Afterall, you can’t be out there driving without a driver’s license. Yup, you heard me. Your driver’s license gets suspended immediately following your arrest and can be suspended anywhere from 90-360 days! Again, dependent on the severity. OUCH!

    Court – This is a typical follow up to jail, so don’t be surprised by this. And while I would like to give you an idea as to the cost of this particular step, it is hard to say. Each person is so unique that all I can say is the best thing to do is follow instructions and do what you need to do to get through it. Going to court will determine the necessity of completion and duration of the next few steps, so that’s a positive!

    Alcohol Assessment/Counseling – You will be required to do a one-time alcohol assessment followed by a court determined number of counseling hours. Because it is court determined there is not a specific dollar amount to be given, however, it can cost up to $500. I don’t know about you, but my eyes get that big round look when I hear that number.  Good news is, you can choose to do your counseling on-line or in person. Which is pretty cool because personal options and choices throughout this process are few and far between.

    Traffic Survival School – This is a one-time, mandatory, 8-hour class – no skips, no time cutting, no exceptions. It is 8 hours, on the dot, must be there on time, cannot leave early. So, make sure you are dressed comfortably, and you bring snacks. And while you’re sitting there you can mentally add up the cost to date and add in this new cost, which will be roughly $150.

    Ignition Interlock – More commonly known as a breathalyzer. You know, that device you breath into to see if you can drive; we all know that one. These are not cheap, my friend. There is the initial, one-time cost to get the device installed which will depend on the company you go with. Then there is the duration that the device needs to remain in your vehicle. Again, all dependent on that dang court. A typical running cost for this will be anywhere between $60 to $120 a month. Those eyes just keep getting wider and wider huh?

    SR-22 Insurance – Do you know what this is? I didn’t at first, and most people don’t. This is a form of insurance that you will need to get at about the same time you get your interlock device installed. It is meant to insure you specifically, not your vehicle, and you need to be careful because, depending on the insurance company you are with, you will most likely be dropped once they find out you have a DUI on your record. There are a few that won’t, Farmers Insurance is a great company that will be there for you. You will need to carry the SR-22 for 3 years and each year will run you around $1,000 up to $3000 or even more. It’s no picnic, that’s for sure.

    A standard DUI – meaning a first offense, below a .15 blood alcohol content, and in a relatively low trafficked area – will total you at about $10,000. This is not cheap by any means, and it can definitely send someone into a spiral. And not just because of the money, though that is a big component. Getting a DUI can cause a ripple affect in your life. You could be terminated from your place of employment. If this happens your expenses can get even tighter. You won’t have a driver’s license. This can affect your social life, your everyday get around life, your family life even. Your family will find out about it, most likely. This can be a devastating situation in any family dynamic.

    These numbers are basic. If you have gone through this before, if you blew more than .15 blood alcohol, or your circumstance was considered dangerous or extreme, these numbers will only continue to increase. But there is a silver lining to it all. You are reading this blog! No, the blog won’t do anything for you, sorry for the momentary hope. But I do have hope for you! Because you are reading this blog it means that you found our website, and if you found our website than you are halfway to making your life a little easier. Because that is our job, to make your life a little easier throughout the DUI process.

    We are a FREE service (yaaasss, finally something free!) that helps get you connected to resources throughout your process. We know people. We know how to get you discounts and we know who to send you to in order to keep your costs low. That’s our job, and we love it! We will walk you thru every step of the scary, intimidating and expensive process so you do not waste any more money or time than necessary.  So, call us today and let us help you and your wallet out.

  6. One of These Things Does Not Go With the Other

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    Remember the highway sign, from a few months ago, that read, “Peas and Guac go together like drinking and driving”? What about orange juice and toothpaste (ick) or water and cereal (I mean, unless that’s your thing…)? Vodka and bad decisions (or tequila, we’ve all been there…)? Decisions like drinking and driving. These last two should absolutely not go together.

    We all know this, so why do we do it? Probably for the same reason we drunk dial or get a little too cray in the club – it feels right at the time, until the next day, when we’ve been caught doing something we for sure are now regretting.

    But, why does it feel right in that time? Think about it. These things have one, single commonality. Alcohol! Liquor, spirits, whatever you prefer to call it, it is not our friend. It whispers sweet nothings into our conscious and we want to believe all the sweet (not so sweet) things it’s promising. #rude

    “You can totally get that girl/guy’s number! Didn’t you see how they were looking at you”, wink, wink. Or, “you should totally text him/her, that last call saying don’t call or text me back wasn’t for real. They really do want you to text them, at 2 in the morning, as many times as it takes to take you back”.

    The worst one, though, “you should just drive home. It costs too much to Uber and you can use that money to get a delicious burrito instead. You didn’t drink that much, you got this”.

    Don’t listen! Don’t fall prey to that lovely, vodka infused, voice. You don’t need that kind of aftermath negativity in your life. Think of it as the “devil” on your shoulder. Who should you listen to – the good or the bad side of the imaginary person on your shoulder? I would hope that we would all choose the good…

    But, in case you may lean towards the “not so good” side, maybe these statistics will “sober you up” (up top for the pun!). Did you know:

    • On average, three in five people will be involved in a crash due to impaired driving in their lifetime.
    • Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for more than 30% of all driving fatalities each year.
    • Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes—that’s one person every 48 minutes.

    These are scary statistics. One’s that no one would want to be a part of – I would hope. Have you ever seen or been a part of a DUI incident or fatality? I have. I have seen a couple of accidents that involved a drunk driver. It was not pretty. It was actually so ugly and bad that even to this day I can still see it just as vividly as I did when it was in front of me.

    It involved a motorcycle, it was about 6 in the morning, and it was fatal, and I happened to be driving by right as it happened. The driver of the bike did not make it. It was traumatizing for me, so I can only imagine how it must have been for the other driver, for the families involved, for anyway who had been touched by their presence.

    And the one who was drunk, who essentially killed the driver of the bike, he/she didn’t intentionally do it. No one would. It was a poor decision which led to a horrible consequence. We have all made bad decisions, I will be the first to admit that. This one, though, was irreparable.

    Drinking can be fun, a lot of fun. It helps lower your inhibitions when you are put in an uncomfortable situation. We have talked before about how it can be used as a good ice breaker. It helps bring people together that may have never crossed paths otherwise. Alcohol does have its benefits.

    First of all, moderation. Much like anything else, drinking should be done in moderation (a subject for another time). Second of all, you need to keep your head. What do I mean by that? I mean that you should not drink so much that your conscious abandons you. This is when you do those things that should not be done together, i.e. drinking and driving.

    So, go ahead, drink, have fun, get loose, chill out, party on friends! You deserve it, you are free to do you boo. Don’t drink and drive, don’t drink and text, don’t drink and call, don’t do two things that do not go together. Ain’t nobody got time for a DUI.

    If you do get one though, or know someone who has, we don’t want you to spend an exorbitant amount of time figuring out and working your way through the mess that a DUI brings. Here at DPX DUI Process Experts, we care about you, we care about your well-being, and we want to help you fix this mess.

    We don’t judge, we don’t criticize, we HELP. We help you get through each step – alcohol assessment, counseling classes, traffic survival school, ignition interlock, and getting an SR-22. These steps can be confusing and there are very few people out there that are willing to help you through it.

    So, give us a call! We would love to talk to you and help you out. 602-441-9444. And visit our website at duiprocessexperts.com. So many questions can be answered there and the rest we can take care of.

    Remember, alcohol does not have your best interest at heart, but we do! Be safe, be responsible, and have fun all at the same time – it can be done!

     

  7. Happy 4th of July

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    Happy 4th of July!  (Que sparklers). As we all know, this week we are celebrating the 4th of July. That means BBQ’s, pool, drinking, and fireworks! But do you know what is actually being celebrated? A majority of the population does, but just in case…. this holiday celebrates our country’s independence from England.  Our freedom was fought for and won and now we can drink tea without high tax, and we can speak our mind without dire consequences.

    With freedom, though, comes great responsibility, and with responsibility comes choices, and as we all know, choices can have consequences too.  What do I mean by that? What does freedom have to do with DUI’s? I mean, I should be talking about devastating statistics and telling everyone not to drink. Oh, don’t you worry, I was just getting to that!

    Freedom, you heard me say? I did, and did you know that when you get your drivers license you are essentially signing a contract stating that you will not drink and drive? This is called the Implied Consent Law.  Driving is a privilege and a not a freedom, if you get behind that wheel after drinking you are making a choice. And guess what? You got it! You have just made a choice to violate your freedom of driving. Whoops.

    Like I said, this holiday is all about freedom. While you should take advantage of every freedom you have been given, every day of the year, this particular week should bring to mind these freedoms that you do have. It is a week of celebrating independence, after all.

    Here’s a statistic for you (since I did promise one) – about 40% of all highway deaths are caused by drunk driving over the Fourth of July weekend! There are roughly 200 traffic deaths over the four-ish days of the holiday across the country.  This is not a fun statistic to be a part of. You don’t want to be the one who contributes to this scary percentage.

    OUCH.

    We should be basking in our freedom; shouting it from the roof top – just don’t jump off into a pool, that never works. Our freedom to drive is a big one. It’s not just anyone who is given a license to drive. I don’t know about you, but I studied for weeks to get my license and even then, I had to take it twice.

    They make it challenging for a reason. They don’t want just anyone on the road. Really, you should feel honored and proud when you are driving on that concrete ribbon of freedom. So, don’t get it taken away!

    Did you know that if you do get a DUI your drivers license will be suspended, taken away, for 90 days or even up to a year? That is your freedom being snatched right out of your hand.

    Don’t do it! Don’t drink and drive. Don’t violate your freedom to drive. This is a holiday of celebration. Celebrate responsibly.

    Don’t spend the next however many months, years, giving up your time to go to counseling, take traffic survival classes, going to meetings, driving around with an interlock device and having to pay a bunch of money for an SR-22 insurance. These are all things that you will have to do if you drink and drive.

    That sure doesn’t ring out freedom to me. No, those bells aren’t ringing out for this one.

    So be safe this weekend. Make a plan ahead of time. Lyft, rideshare, designate a driver, just don’t drink and drive. We have a Lyft code, just for you! New Lyft users please enter NODUI or exsisting Lyft users please enter NODUI10.

    If you do get a DUI, or you know someone who has, we can help you. DPX DUI Process Experts is a free service to help you navigate through the confusing and scary DUI process. We know that having a freedom, like driving, taken away can be disheartening and difficult. We want to help you get back that freedom and get back on the road. Give us a call today at 602-441-9444 and visit our website at www.duiprocessexperts.com.

    Be safe out there and have a great Fourth of July!

     

     

  8. BBQ’s, Pool Parties and Tough Conversations

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    Despite the recent weather anomalies that Arizona has been experiencing during these supposed global warming days (cough, cough, bbbbrrrrr), Summer is now upon us.  That’s right, it’s Memorial Day weekend and, as most of us know, Memorial Day weekend is the official Summer kick off.  BBQ’s, pool parties, camping trips, cruising on the lake, it’s all super fun in the sun.

    And what goes hand in hand with all this fun? Cold beers in cute coozies, refreshing margaritas and sangria, even those fun vodka infused otter pops that take us back down memory lane, the adult version (wink, wink). It’s warm, it’s relaxing, it’s the perfect mix of all things great.

    But here are some sobering facts that perhaps you should know before you get too deep into this three-day weekend.  Did you know that when these anticipated three-day weekends come about people tend to take advantage of them and hit the road to anywhere but here?  That means more people on the road, and let’s face it, the roads around here are already pretty jam packed on a normal day.  More people on the road, means more chances of getting in someone’s way and causing an accident.

    Every year more and more accidents are occurring during weekends like this, it’s really quite insane. Even more so, of these accidents, around 44% of them end in DUI convictions.  Yikes! That’s all that fun in the eh cloudyish sun we’ve been having getting to people’s heads (insert head shaking emoji – oh wait, they don’t have that one yet, OK insert head smacking emoji).

    Did you also know that this weekend is also considered one of the deadliest times for a teen to be on the road? I mean, it makes sense.  Graduation is an exciting right of passage for these kids and it’s time to get out there and party the night away.  So, what should we adults do? Have a conversation! Talk it out. Let’s get personal up in here, up in here!  It’s OK to have that convo with your son or daughter and be real with them.  Let them know that it is dangerous out there and that they should proceed with caution.  It may just be the one conversation that could save their life.

    Trust me, they will get it. They may put up a front and say that they would never, or they may even seem as though they aren’t listening, but they are. Just think about when you were a kid and “pretended” not to listen to your parents.  We all know we were and are now plagued with the passing down of those mom/dad jokes and phrases as a result.

    And it shouldn’t be teens alone that we are having these seemingly difficult conversations with.  We should be talking to each other, encouraging all our friends and family and ourselves alike with the truth of drinking and driving.  Let them know you care by giving them options.  Sometimes, it may seem as though there aren’t options available.  Let them know that you got their back by giving them a place to stay, by taking their keys away if you know they will be drinking, or by ordering an Uber/Lyft for them.  You may just save a life by doing so. Very superhero status.

    Sometimes it seems as though we, as a society, tend to shy away from being tough on our friends and family when it comes to addressing drinking and driving.  Being tough is what people need in order to understand just how dangerous a seemingly simple decision of driving home drunk can be.  It shouldn’t be a “simple” decision. It shouldn’t be a decision at all.  It shouldn’t be an option.  And we need to hold each other accountable to this.

    Don’t be that person that says, “they’re an adult, they can make their own decisions”.  Sure, that may be true in some situations, but when it comes to drinking, inhibitions are lowered. That decision-making voice that each of us have is on vacation and their temporary fill in is highly under qualified.  So, instead, be that person that says, “this person needs help and I’m going to be there for them”.  Save a life, one tough conversation at a time.

    Let’s also remember what this weekend is really about – our military men and women who have fought and died to keep us all free and safe. Do you really want to let that hard fought, life giving sacrifice to be for nothing?

    Have a good time, laugh, dance, dive into that refreshing, chlorinated water.  Camp it up, lake it out, just remember to do all of this in a responsible state of mind. Get some sticks, whoever picks the shortest, they drive, or take an Uber/Lyft (use our Lyft code – NODUI – for a discount) or stay where you’re at – mark it and park it.

    If you do have a DUI, get one this weekend or any time in the future, or you know someone who has, remember that we are here for you! DPX DUI Process Experts is a free service – free and full of connections.  We know the people!  And these people know what to do to get you through the process to regain your license.  With our help, knowledge and resources we will make sure that this messy DUI process is as stress free and seamless as possible.

    Alcohol screening, counseling, traffic survival school, SR-22 insurance, ignition interlock and setting aside your record – we’ve got you covered! Give us a call today at 602-441-9444 and visit our website at www.duiprocessexperts.com.

    And for those of you have served, or are currently serving, our country, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all that you do for us and for our country.  We honor you this weekend.

     

  9. The Pros and Cons of Marijuana

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    Living in this day and age, debates seem to be where it’s at.  Everyone has an opinion, and everyone wants to be heard. Almost every major topic tends to go around the world within seconds and next thing you know it’s all over the internet being discussed and argued over. A great example of a recently, ongoing issue, centered in the greater United States, is the use of Marijuana.

    Should it be legal? Should it remain a medical exception? Should it be illegal across the board? These are the questions being asked every day across the country.  Some states have come to an agreement and legalized this substance, while others are holding strong to keeping it illegal.

    So, why all the debate over this? Just like anything else, there are pros and cons to legalizing Marijuana. Time to bust out that yellow legal pad, make that T-Chart, and get to brainstorming.

    Pro-Marijuana Anti-Marijuana
    Medical Benefits Short-term memory loss
    Safer than prescriptions

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    Lung tissue damage
    Safer than alcohol Children have easy access
    Source of CBD Oil Risk of abuse and addiction
    Treatment for chronic

    illness

    Impaired driving
    Mental health benefits Certain health conditions

    There are many more, but these are the main concerns.

    We aren’t going to talk about all of these, there is research out there if you are wanting more information. But we are going to talk about a few. First, the accessibility of Marijuana for kids.  Just like any other drug, there are risks to having Marijuana in your home when you have kids.  It’s SO important to make sure it is out of sight and out of mind. Don’t let them know it’s there, don’t keep it in a place that can be found by them.  Marijuana is a drug. Yes, it is one of the more “low key” drugs out there, but it’s still a drug.  Keep your kids safe by keeping all medication out of their reach.

    “Children watch what their parents do,” Epstein tells Health. “I would encourage parents to be talking to their kids and be clear about expectations for their kids about using or not using marijuana and the amount, especially with their teenagers.” (health.com).

    Marijuana has been proven to have medical benefits. You should not diagnose yourself.  Doctors get paid the big bucks for a reason. They know what works best based on the condition you may have and the circumstances that you are under.

    It has been shown that Marijuana has certain medicinal properties that can help with certain disease – multiple sclerosis, chronic pain (i.e. neuropathic pain), mental illnesses such as PTSD and depression; “Clinical Psychology Review concluded that it may have benefits for people with depression, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder” (health.com). But there are other diseases and illnesses that Marijuana may be harmful – anxiety, certain heart diseases, psychosis, etc.

    So, again, consult with your doctor; they really do know what’s best.

    Risk of abuse – this is a big one. While there are those that claim Marijuana is not an addictive drug, that it is natural and therefore healthy, there are those that will say it is a gateway drug and that you are getting “high” which is not healthy.  These debates can go back and forth, on and on, until we are all blue in the face.  But what I really want to talk about is the abuse part.  I mean, human beings are more prone to abuse of any substance, natural or not, and therefore we need to be aware of this natural tendency.

    Let’s say Marijuana does not have an addictive property, it still makes you feel good, right? And we all like to feel good. So, wouldn’t we continue using the thing that is making us feel good? That’s called addiction. Addiction – noun – the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

    When a person is addicted to something, they tend to under think certain safety precautions in their life; especially if that “something” is dubbed legal. For example, driving a motorized vehicle. Yes, you will be considered impaired if you are under the influence of Marijuana and you are operating a vehicle. If you have smoked or consumed any part of this substance, even if you have a prescription for it, you will get a DUI.  “Marijuana has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile crashes and workplace accidents” (verywellhealth.com).

    While driving under the influence of alcohol is much easier to prove and convict as opposed to Marijuana, there are ways to prove impairment while on the drug. “Evidence of impairment usually comes from the arresting officer’s observations of things like poor field sobriety test (FST) performance, slurred speech, unusual behavior, and bad driving” (dui.drivinglaws.org).

    But are the consequences the same as driving under the influence of alcohol? As with anything else, laws do vary by state. The typical penalties may be as the following: license suspension of 90 days to a year, fines ranging from about $500 to $2,000, up to a year jail (but most first offenders don’t do substantial jail time), substance abuse treatment, and a term of probation. Keep in mind, this is for a first-time offense, and for a person who has a relatively clean record.  The consequences can increase severely and fast.

    So, whether your vote is for or against the use of Marijuana, here’s the gist – don’t get behind a vehicle unless you are one thousand percent ready for the consequences. Drive sober, be responsible. Understand that drugs, even legal ones, can cause impairment and once impaired you should not drive.

    If you do get a DUI for driving under the influence of Marijuana, we can help you. DPX DUI Process Experts is a free service that will help walk you through the complicated, confusing steps of a DUI. And that is not restricted to alcohol. You will still need to complete all of the normal steps – alcohol assessment, traffic survival school, getting SR-22 insurance, and having an ignition interlock put into your vehicle.

    Arizona is a medical Marijuana state – that means that a good chunk of this state’s population is under the influence of this drug. Please understand that you are considered impaired if you have been consuming this drug. So, please be aware of what is ok and what is not. Be safe and take care of yourself and those around you.

  10. Hello May!

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    Happy May, everyone! May is great, flowers are blooming, everything is bright and colorful, the weather is perfect, and with all that, we can all be found frolicking outside. Especially for us Arizonians, being outside this time of year is a short-lived luxury – that heat sure loves to creep up on us quick. So, what do we do with all of this outside time? Go on walks, drive around with our windows down, go hiking, but most commonly, we can all be found out by the BBQ, surrounded by our friends and family, with coolers of beer and spritzers, yum!

    This is the perfect time of year for this. It’s not so hot that we are ready for that pool, sunbathing life, but it is just warm enough to hang out outside without sweat beading up on our backs. One of the best parts of getting together, eating hamburgers and fresh fruit, is that ice cold Heineken or Hard lemonade (or whatever preference you may have).

    As we all know, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a good time and enjoy those frosty drinks. But, as we also know, this super yummy indulgence needs to be approached and enjoyed responsibly.  What does that mean? That means that you can have a great time, so long as you have a game plan in place.

    Designate a driver, there are people who either don’t drink, or who may not be feeling the drinking game that day, hit them up for a ride! If not, take a LYFT. As much as you may think, or may have been led to believe, LYFT’s are actually pretty reasonably priced (and much cheaper than a DUI).  If this doesn’t work out for you, ask for a couch or pull out bed. I am sure that you will not be turned down! Despite the possible uncomfortable awkwardness of asking, no one wants to subject you to take your own life in your hands getting into a vehicle in an intoxicated state. I promise you; you will be happy you asked.

    It shouldn’t be an embarrassing topic, asking, or looking, for support if you plan on drinking. Sometimes this society that we live in can make it feel taboo to talk about drinking. It’s really just something everyone knows happens, but don’t want to bring attention to how much it actually happens.  Who has the right to tell you how much alcohol is acceptable? (And this is in no way a throw at those who may be getting help for alcoholism. This is a whole other, social drinking around friends’ sort of subject).  If you want to have a good time on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, then you go ahead and bask in that good time.  You deserve to kick back and have a few.

    Instead of having drinking be this “taboo” subject of “don’t tell anyone how much you have actually drunk, they may think you have a problem”. Embrace it. Take that break you are giving yourself from everyday hard work and grind and own it. Through owning it, ask or take in that help.  That is what responsibility looks like.

    And who knows, one day these situations may look different. We are getting there; I will say that. There are slight changes that can be seen. Billboards have been put up, advertising safe driving. We have all seen those funny posts on the freeway signage saying things like “drinking and driving go together like peas and gauc”. Yes, they are funny and eye catching, but they are also memorable; especially if you drive past it on a daily basis.

    At some point, on those days you like to let loose, this sign may just save you from getting behind that wheel.  You may be looking to leave and before you do, you remember that sign and think to yourself, maybe you should make other plans. That’s the purpose, right? To make you stop and think, before you drink… and then drive.

    It’s a good thing that, as a society, we are getting better about recognizing the problem we have had with drinking and driving. The lower we can get the statistics down, the more lives that can be saved. Because drinking and driving does not affect just the person doing it. There are other people on the road – older people, younger people, children, teenagers, etc. These people are on the road for many different reasons, one of those reasons is not to be involved in a drinking and driving incident.

    So, let’s all make that effort to be responsible and to not drink and drive. We can only control what we do, so if we each make a personal effort to make those plans to not drink and drive, then one by one these incidences will go away.

    We all should enjoy this perfect time of the year, so enjoy away! Have fun but remember to be responsible. If you do get a DUI, you currently have one, or you know someone who has one, give us a call – DPX DUI Process Experts (602-441-9444). Getting a DUI can be scary and confusing, and we want to make it better for you. We are a free service just for you, to help you navigate this tricking, sticky DUI mess. We don’t want you to suffer anymore than what you are already putting yourself through. We want you back on that road. This time responsible, safe, and cognoscente of your actions.

    We will help you through every step – alcohol assessment, traffic survival school, getting the proper insurance (SR-22), and getting your ignition interlock installed. Reach out today, you’ll be happy you did!

    “We don’t always drink, but when we do, we do it responsibly” – The Most Interesting Man in the World.