A Manual for Police,
Prosecutors, and Judges
Few areas of the law impact the average citizen as much as those that pertain to Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The Arizona Supreme Court wrote about this public health threat in analyzing the powers of police to investigate for DUI: [T]he threat to public safety posed by a person driving under the influence or alcohol is as great as the threat posed by a person illegally concealing a gun."
On another occasion, the Court noted that Drunk driving has become a problem of epidemic proportion in Arizona and other states throughout the country, and must be effectively dealt with to satisfy the public outcry against this crime.
In order to provide a uniform process to clearly present the law for each step in a DUI case, a manual was created to facilitate quick access to statutes, regulations, and cases. This DUI Manual was distributed not only to random officers but primarily to those officers who have proven their ability to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. These particular officers are most often assigned to the statewide DUI Task Forces.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This DUI Manual was created to aid police officers, prosecutors, and judges in the apprehension of the DUI offender and in the preparation of a DUI case. The manual has been designed to provide easy access to all relevant statutes, cases, strategies, and procedures that impact a DUI case. It is a comprehensive reference work that can be utilized by both novice and veteran police officers, prosecutors, and judges.
The DUI Manual was provided to over 300 officers statewide who have proven their ability to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. The manuals topics include:
- The Stop
- Searches Prior to Arrest
- Breath Testing
- Observations of Intoxicated Behavior
- Blood & Bodily Fluid Test
- Defendants Pretrial Rights
- Charging the Offense
- The DUI Case in Court
- Administrative License Proceedings