Police Can Pull You Over for Texting and Driving

In 2017, Tucson made it illegal to operate a phone while driving. This law, however, did not do much to change behavior. This is because police did not have the authority to pull over people for cell phone use. Now, this law has changed and police can stop motorists solely for cell phone use, without the need to see any other traffic violations. 

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Why Did I Get Pulled Over For That? The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of DUI

After reading scores of police reports for DUI investigations, it’s easy to spot trends in who gets pulled over, where, and why. Many clients are confused about why they were pulled over for what they consider minor traffic violations, and feel like they were targeted. Law enforcement, for very good reason, is looking for people driving under the influence. Officers have been trained to find drunk or impaired drivers, and Tucson has a DUI squad whose primary objective is to get impaired drivers off the road

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What do I do if stopped for a DUI?

Drinking and driving can be dangerous, but not necessarily illegal. It becomes illegal if you are impaired to the slightest degree by your drinking, and/or your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above a .08. It is always safer to call a cab/Uber/Lyft after drinking. However, if you are stopped while driving after drinking, it is important to stay calm and remember your rights. 

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The Miranda Warning Is Not What You Think

TV and movies get Miranda wrong all the time. Chances are you have watched some show where as the cops are slapping the handcuffs on a suspect, they start the familiar,  “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say may be used against you in the court of law…” Yet this scene hardly ever plays out like that in the real world – and that is perfectly legal.

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TPD Ticket Quota

The Tucson Police Department announced a new ticket quota for their officers. Before this announcment, TPD officers had no ticket requirements. They were not required to write a certain number of tickets per day or per week. However, under this new quota system, TPD officers will have to average one ticket per day.

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