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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

     

  3. 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!

     

     

  4. 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.

     

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. DUI: What Now?

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    DUI 101- First Steps and Help

    Getting a DUI is tough and as much as we know we shouldn’t drink and drive, it happens. We all make mistakes and need help from time to time, so our first tip after getting a DUI is check your mail!!!   I know it is 2019, so who uses their mailbox anymore? Everything is online, why waste all that paper. There are even some people who don’t even know where their mailbox is, and who can blame them?

    But this is one of the first things that you need to do after getting a DUI. You need to check your mail! Unless you have received a DUI before, or you know someone who has and they have discussed it with you, you will not know what the first step is. But, it is in your mailbox. The state will send you paperwork letting you know what you need to do. In this situation, checking your mail can save you many future headaches and lots of money.

    Did you know that getting a DUI will cost you money? I mean, A LOT of money. Not just getting a speeding ticket kind of money, I mean almost buying a car kind of money. It’s not cheap, it’s not fun, and it is super confusing. The minimum costs of a misdemeanor DUI in Arizona include: Up to $2,500 in fines and court costs. Around $500 for classes and counseling. About $1,000 for an ignition interlock device. And really this is just the beginning.  (ortegalawyers.com)

    You will need to get an Interlock device put into your car. What does this mean? It means that for AT LEAST 6 months, you will need to blow into this device, called an Ignition Interlock, whenever you go to drive somewhere. It is basically the states way of making sure you are not drinking and driving, again. You cannot mess up with this device.

    The device itself is not cheap, roughly $70 to $150 to install and around $60 to $80 per month for device monitoring and calibration.   (arizonainterlock.com).

    Along with this device you will need an SR-22 as well. You already need to have insurance on your vehicle, which will have an increased premium due to this “mistake”, and on top of your insurance you will need to have this SR-22 on your policy.

    What is an SR-22? SR-22 insurance in Arizona is required by law if you have been convicted of a DUI/DWI. It is used to verify that at least the minimum insurance liability required by law is being maintained on the driver’s vehicle. These can get pretty pricey as well. (duiinsuranceexpert.com)

    You may also be required to take Traffic Survival School.  This is a one time 8 hour class that can be required to reinstate your license after a DUI.  You must attend this class within 60 days of the “Date Action Begins” found on the MVD Corrective Action Letter you received when your license was suspended.  This will also cost you money, anywhere from $99-$150.

    Starting to notice a commonality here? Money, money, money. A DUI will cost you a lot of money and there are so many other steps, hidden and wide open, that go into the process of getting a DUI. If you miss one, it will cost more money, if you go out of order, it will cost more money, if you choose to ignore it, guess what? It WILL cost more money.

    So, get help! Like I said, we all need it from time to time. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, a little trick to the trade…. I know a great company that can help you out. And guess what? It’s FREE! I know, it’s to good to be true, but I promise you it is. DPX DUI Process Experts is a free service that is here to walk you through, step by step, across the whole winding path of getting a DUI. We know what needs to be done and when each step needs to be completed.

    So, give us a call! We want to help you.  Everyone makes mistakes, everyone deserves a second chance. And we want to make sure that you get your second chance. 602-441-9444 and visit our website, www.duiprocessexperts.com. We would love the opportunity to help you!

  8. Spring Breaking

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    You’re here for vacation! So, don’t leave on probation.  This harsh reality is faced every year by so many high school and college kids simply looking for a good time during their spring break.  It’s all fun and games, at first, but when alcohol gets involved even the smartest kid can get carried away and take things too far.

    Spring break – ah the best time of the year when you are young.  You get that much needed break from all that cramming and tediousness.  You are about to enter into finals in a few weeks and all you need is this quick, fun break to get your craziness out before you stick your head back in that book.

    And what better way to spend your spring break then somewhere warm, perhaps somewhere tropical, and if you’re not 21 yet then most definitely somewhere that doesn’t check ID’s. The best part about spring break is the warm water, living in your bathing suit, and forgetting that you are a future attorney or doctor in the making and for one epic weekend you are just a young, wild, and free kid.

    This is where things can go wrong, though. Alcohol can do things to a person, especially a young, inexperienced person.  It can make bad ideas look like the most brilliant idea ever.  It can make you feel invincible in a place that you should perhaps be extra cautious.  And, most importantly, it can give you the poor judgement that will put you behind bars and slapped with all kinds of fines and fees.

    “Studies have shown that students who travel on typical spring break trips are far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs than those who don’t travel. In fact, the average spring break vacationing student consumes 10 drinks per day” (wagnerreese.com).

    It’s really no fault of these kids.  Because that is what they are, kids.  They are just looking for a good time and based on their surroundings and what they have seen a good time typically revolves around alcohol.  And I’m not saying that you shouldn’t drink, but drinking is not the only way to have a good time.  Regardless, these kids see fun as being drunk.  By the looks of pictures and videos on social media, maybe they are onto something, #kiddingnotkidding.

    Kids are not meant to drink like this, hence the legal age limit law.  Even if you are 21, 22, really in your young 20’s, drinking can be a difficult thing to handle in excess.  You aren’t aware of your limits and you aren’t aware of the consequences.  So, when you see that a typical spring breaker can consume up to 10 drinks per day…. holy guacamole, most fully-grown adults can barely handle that!

    “According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, during Spring Break 11% drink to the point of blacking out or passing out. Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year” (reyeslaw.com).

    I would say so, after having that much alcohol in such a young body – I would black out too and I am a fully grown 30 year old adult.  When you are at this point of inebriation the bad decisions seem to keep rolling in.  Making those conscious choices have now gone out the window, your body is making the choices now, bye, bye brain control.

    This is where accidents happen.  You can hurt someone, you can hurt yourself, you can hurt your reputation, and more than all that, you can destroy all hopes of having a bright future.  There have been so many rapes recorded due to alcohol mixed with poor decisions – life breaking.  There have been deaths due to overdose – no coming back from that. There have been arrests due to vandalism and disorderly conduct – can’t get those off your record.  And there have been countless amounts of DUI’s – naturally, alcohol can assist in that.

    “The number of alcohol related deaths among teenagers and young adults during spring break trips has jumped by over 13%. In addition to these deaths, there are over 600,000 young people who suffer some type of assault on these vacations, most likely due to the overuse of alcohol and drugs” (wagnerreese.com).

    When you drink and then drive you have not only taken your life into your own hands, but you have now put others lives in your direct path.  The amount of deaths due to drunk driving have continued to increase year after year as more spring breakers seem to take the law into their own hands and get behind that wheel.

    “Examining fatal wrecks at 14 spring break destinations in seven states, Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, the study found:”

    • Weekly death tolls in the 14 counties studied jumped 9.1 percent during spring break.
    • 16 more traffic fatalities annually in the 14 counties.
    • Car-crash deaths involving out-of-state motorists were significantly higher than for in-state drivers.
    • Fatal wrecks involving drivers under 25 years of age were more likely than deadly crashes connected with older motorists. (reyeslaw.com)

    What can we do about this epidemic that has creeped into these kid’s good time? We can educate them; let them know what it means to drink and drive.  We can be good examples for them and show them that alcohol is not the only factor of having a good time.  We can bring awareness into their small world and show them how to avoid these bad decisions.

    It is important to have a good time and to make memories as a young adult.  These are the memories that are carried with you for the rest of your life.  Make sure that they are good memories.  Don’t let your fire side story be about how you blacked out and woke up behind bars being told that you were responsible for the death of a person due to drinking and driving.  Those aren’t the memories you want to carry.

    Being that Arizona is one of the top 7 spring break destinations make sure that you know the law – and make sure that your kids know the law.  Arizona is a zero tolerance state.  That means that you may not drive no matter how much you have had to drink – yes, even one drink is against the law.

    If you don’t know the drinking law where you are going, get on that right now.  You are not going to get a free pass due to ignorance.  And if you do get a DUI, particularly in Arizona, and you need help, give DPX DUI Process a call.  We are a free service that will help walk you through all of the steps in the license regaining process:

    It can be a long and confusing process and we want to make sure that you make it through as smoothly as possible.  Don’t be afraid or hesitant to call us, we are here for you – (602) 441-9444.

  9. Clovers, Green Beer, and DUI’s

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    As we all know, March can be a very exciting time in Arizona.  We have Waste Management, Spring Training, March Madness, and St. Patrick’s Day. And guess what this weekend is…. It’s time to bust out that green and get your beer on!

    Before we get into the fun festivities of it all, I want to ask a question. Do you know why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated? If you do, indulge me, if you don’t, here’s a crash course for you. St. Patrick was an actual person, and obviously he was a Saint – in case you missed that. He was actually a pretty high up their Saint known as a Patron Saint and he was Ireland bound.  When he was alive, he did some pretty cool things, but one of the most important was that he was a huge factor in bringing Christianity to Ireland.

    Patron Saint Patrick died on March 17th forever years ago. Hence, why March 17th is the designated St. Patrick’s Day – I mean he did deserve to have a holiday, after all.

    So, where did the green shamrock come from? It was actually used by St. Patrick, due to its three leaves, to represent the Holy Trinity (three).  Pretty cool. So, the next time you think it’s a clover (four leaves) you can pull this little fact from your memory and be the smartest cookie in the room.

    For a long time, in history, eating and drinking had a lot of restrictions. But on St. Patrick’s Day all restrictions were lifted in order to have a good time.  This tradition carried on and as we came into a more modern day the tradition was improved on.  This is why it is considered the biggest drinking day in the calendar year (thanks Ireland!).

    Talking about drinking, our little history has come to an end and now we get to talk about the fun stuff, with a bit of important adult things sprinkled in. Green beer, good friends, and partying all night long, wahoo! It’s SO much fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, it is so much fun that those who aren’t even Irish have now taken on the holiday – because, who would want to miss out, right?

    And it’s not really just the one day. No, this holiday is a whole weekend affair! And if it’s during the week, even better. That means we get the weekend before AND the weekend after, sweet. That means more beer, more fun…. but also, more chances of getting a DUI.  Wah, wah.

    I know, it always gets in the way, right? But, rightfully so.  The last thing we need is a bunch of green wearing, drunk people driving down the road with blurry goggles over their eyes. That just takes all of the fun out of this epic holiday.

    Did you know that during St. Patrick’s day weekend, there are typically 200-300 arrests in Arizona alone.  Of these arrests, about 33% typically have a blood alcohol content above .15%, which is considered an extreme DUI in Arizona.  Yikes, that scary.  Arizona is a zero-tolerance state, but if you want to get technical a .08% blood alcohol level is considered driving under the influence.  If you are at a .15% you are officially on the line of that extreme DUI. And when you get to .20%, oh man, don’t go there please. That is a SUPER extreme DUI and at that point you are pretty much done for.

    Let’s have a good time people! You can have a good time and not get arrested, people do it every day. Don’t binge drink, that’s horrible for you, and we will get into that next week.  Make sure you are aware of your surroundings.  There are zones around the valley that are considered “party zones”.  I think we all know these zones – Old Town Scottsdale, Mill Ave in Tempe, Westgate in Peoria, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and many more.

    Do your research on these places. And better yet, just don’t drive. This holiday comes once a year, go ahead and splurge. Get that Rideshare, Lyft, and Uber.  It will make life a lot easier and then you can drink all you want, have all the fun in the world, and enjoy your time with your friends. It’s really a no brainer.  To sweeten the deal for you, use our Lyft code – NODUI10 or NODUI – your welcome.

    Let’s just make a pact, right now, all together.  Sure, I won’t have the slightest idea if you are really going to make this pact or not.  But for your own good, and for my own conscious, I am going to assume that you did.  Let’s beat that statistic of 200-300 DUI arrests that darken Arizona’s streets every year.  Let’s make that number as low as possible.  I would like to even see no DUI’s, how awesome would that be?!

    Let’s be responsible. Let’s be adults. We can do this! Say it with me, “we can be responsible!”.

    Everyone wants to have a good time, even those who don’t drink.  Don’t ruin their time by getting behind that wheel and causing some unfortunate events.  We don’t want to see you on the 11 o’clock news being pushed into an ambulance and your car mangled on the side of the road.  We want you here to celebrate next year.

    Let’s say you do get a DUI (knock on wood), or you know someone who does/has, then give us a call.  We know DUI’s and we know how to help you.  We will talk to you, we will help you, and we will guide you through the mess of stuff that you will have to go through in order to regain your license, and your life – 602-441-9444. And guess what, it’s free!

    Remember, as you are having that good time, before you get into that car, there are some severe consequences when you get a DUI.  You will have at least a $10,000 pile up of fees from court dates, lawyer fees, jail time, and all the classes you will have to take. You will need to take an alcohol screening and counseling classes, traffic survival school, having an interlock put into your car, and an SR-22 on your insurance before you can even begin to get your license back.

    So, think twice before you place yourself in that situation.  Don’t drink and drive. Have a good time. Be safe, be responsible.

  10. Zero Tolerance

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    Arizona is a great state.  It’s warm the majority of the year.  If you love the sun, this is the place to be.  The sun shines like 90% of the time.  The desert landscape is beautiful.  The state itself is relatively well populated.  There are reasons why this is the destination of choice for most people around the country.

    We’ve all heard the term “snow birds” right? People who live in those colder, tundra climates love to come here during our good season, which is pretty much 8 months out of the year.  We have the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Spring Training, pools on every corner, great hotel pricing, exciting night life, really the list goes on.  There are few places in the United States that are better to be in.

    But there are some downfalls to living here.  The summers can be unbearable at times – literally the pool and air conditioning are your best friends.  During the good seasons traffic can be a nightmare.  There are really only two seasons – hot and mild.  And if you are a drinker, which most are, especially with the amazing pool weather, you have to be EXTREMELY careful… we are a “no tolerance” state.

    So, what does that mean? It’s really quite literal – there is zero tolerance when it comes to drinking and driving.  If you have one drink, yes one, and you get behind that wheel, a police officer has every right to pull you over, field sobriety test you, and charge you with a DUI no matter what.  If that breathalyzer and/or blood test detects even the slightest amount of alcohol, you are considered under the influence.

    This is an extremely strict law – if you ask me.  And I am not alone in this.  A lot of people aren’t even aware of this law, at least I assume that due to the high number of DUI’s in this state.  I’m sure that if people knew this particular regulation they would think twice before getting behind the wheel, am I right? Hmm?

    But what about all these people that come here throughout the year, especially the one that come in the spring when Arizona has some pretty big, outdoor events? They are not from here, and chances are their state doesn’t have such a strict DUI law. So, when they come here it probably never even crosses their mind not to have a drink or two and then drive.  Afterall, depending on your height and weight, the amount of drinks you can have are typically 2-3 before you are over that .08 limit. (See chart below).

    Arizona doesn’t see it that way. They see it as, oh your going to have a drink, better not get behind that wheel or we’ll get ‘cha.  How are people supposed to know? (Insert shoulder shrug emoji).  First of all, when you go to another state, even another city or county, you need to know the laws.  There is no free pass for ignorance.

    Yes, this may seem like a lot of work, blah, blah, blah, I’m only here for a week, what’s the worst that can happen? Well, I’ll tell you what can happen, dun, dun dun, DUI.  Sure, it may be some work, googling can be exhausting, I mean those finger cramps are no joke.  But that cramp on your wallet and social life, that makes those sore fingers feel pretty good, huh?

    So, don’t let inherent laziness get in the way of your good time.  You are most likely here visiting a friend or family member, right? Ask them, they should know! (I hope they know).  If they don’t know this little tid bit, then they need to get on the research even more than you.

    Like I said before, Google, it’s a great resource. Literally, all you have to do is type in “what is the DUI law in Arizona”.  All the information you will ever need will pop up for you – plus some that you don’t.  It’s really as easy as that.  Save yourself the time, energy, and financing that you will ultimately end up with, and instead read an article or two.  Whether your road tripping or flying, I’m sure you will have a minute or two to do this.

    You want to have a good time on vacation, you want to soak up those rays of sun, margarita in hand and butt in a floaty.  You deserve to have a great time! Take a Lyft, use a Rideshare, have a designated driver, take a cab, Uber, anything that does not involve you behind that wheel.  Besides, who wants to be driving around on vacation anyways.

    However, if you or someone you know does get a DUI, we here at DPX DUI Process Experts can help you on the road to regaining your license.  Every step of the way, we will be there for you.  Give us a call today, 602-441-9444. We are totally free and we want to help!

    Levels of Intoxication                                               One Drink Equals

    BAC less than 0.05% – Use Caution                                       1oz. 86 proof liquor, or

    BAC .05-.079% – May be impaired                                          3oz. wine, or

    BAC .08%+ – Presumed under the influence                          12oz. beer

    Body Weight Number of Drinks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    100 0.032 0.065 0.097 0.129 0.162 0.194 0.226 0.258 0.291
    120 0.027 0.054 0.081 0.108 0.135 0.161 0.188 0.215 0.242
    140 0.023 0.046 0.069 0.092 0.115 0.138 0.161 0.184 0.207
    160 0.020 0.040 0.060 0.080 0.101 0.121 0.141 0.161 0.181
    180 0.018 0.036 0.054 0.072 0.090 0.108 0.126 0.144 0.162
    200 0.016 0.032 0.048 0.064 0.080 0.097 0.113 0.129 0.145
    220 0.015 0.029 0.044 0.058 0.073 0.088 0.102 0.117 0.131
    240 0.014 0.027 0.040 0.053 0.067 0.081 0.095 0.108 0.121
    This table shows the effects of alcohol within one hour on an average of a given body weight. Please do not take this information as a license to drink irresponsibility. Everyone is different and alcohol effects each person differently. Only you know your limits. Please drink responsibly.