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Proposed Law Would Let Arizona Cities Arrest Drunk People

The Arizona Legislature is considering giving cities the authority to arrest intoxicated people if they are a threat to themselves or others. The bill was recently passed by the Arizona House of Representatives. Its sister bill, Senate Bill 1351, will need to be passed by the Arizona Senate before it will go to the governor for final approval. This law will only apply to cities that have their own detention centers or contracts with county-owned detention centers. It will not have any effect on the Arizona DUI laws.

Currently, cities are not able to arrest individuals who are drunk in public. According to Jim Nolan, president of the Scottsdale Fraternal Order of Police, this inability to arrest them makes it difficult for law enforcement to keep them out of harm’s way.

If passed, this law will give law enforcement the ability to remove intoxicated people from the street before they can get behind the wheel of a vehicle. In Arizona, 27,125 people were arrested for DUI in 2011. This was a 40% increase from the 19,353 people who were arrested for DUI in Arizona in 2010. This new law may be able to reverse this upward trend.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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