Regardless of people's politics, it is known around the country that Arizona is a state where the government is working to curtail spending on many things. However, one issue that is not having funding pulled but rather is obtaining more funding is that which involves the enforcement of DUI laws around the state and the prosecution of people who are arrested on suspicion of these types of charges. That effort was bolstered recently when the City of Mesa’s Prosecutor’s Office was awarded a $60,000 grant to provide funding for the investigation and prosecution of drug-related DUI cases in the area.
Below you will find a brief overview of why this grant was given to the city and what law enforcement officials hope to accomplish with these additional funds. You will also find information regarding why those who are going to put this grant to use see this step as an important one. Anyone who has been arrested on any DUI-related charge needs to obtain the help of experienced Arizona DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible.
The City of Mesa’s Prosecutor’s Office was recently awarded a $60,000 grant that was provided and approved by DUI Abatement Council of the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. This is a group that is working relentlessly to find new ways to bring down the number of people who drive while under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant.
The grant will be put to use by providing the city with the opportunity to fund blood tests that are necessary in order to find the presence of synthetic drugs such as spice, which is a synthetic form of marijuana, and bath salts in drivers’ systems. The grant will also help to fund the retention of expert witnesses who may be needed to help analyze the blood test results and to testify with regards to these results at any criminal trials that result from these arrests.
Mesa police officers have been trained to recognize the presence of drugs other than alcohol in drivers’ systems so that the appropriate tests can be administered. Several law enforcement officials have stated recently that the number of people who have been arrested on suspicion of drug-related DUI has been on the rise. In 2012, more than 40 percent of the people arrested on suspicion of DUI in Mesa faced prosecution because police suspected the presence of some drug in their systems.
Clearly, this is yet another step towards progressively more aggressive enforcement of the DUI laws in Arizona, and it highlights the need for people who face these criminal charges to take immediate action to protect themselves. If you or someone you love has been arrested for any DUI-related charge, you need to seek the help of Arizona DUI defense lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of the accused for many years. Contact the Law Offices of Douglas A. Schwab today to schedule an initial consultation.