How to Get Busted for DUI: Marry a DUI Lawyer

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on May 30th, 2008

A promising new tactic in the “War on Drunk Driving”:  Go after the lawyers….or their wives.

Arrested for DUI Without Drinking a Drop of Alcohol

Phoenix, AZ.  May 29 – Heather Squires was the designated driver. Never exactly a fun thing, but a college buddy of her husband’s was driving up from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school. So when her husband, Jason, asked, Heather said yes.

At Chuy’s in Tempe, Heather’s brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer. Everybody was having a great time.

Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home. So they piled into Jason Squires’ new pickup truck. As planned, Heather drove.

They didn’t get very far.

A motorcycle cop spotted the truck as Heather drove through the intersection of Baseline Road and Mesa Drive. Not familiar with the truck, she’d failed to flip on her lights. Soon the cop was flipping on his — and they were flashing.

Heather was ordered out of the vehicle and almost immediately handcuffed. She was taken to the Mesa Police Department and charged with both driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. The truck was searched, then impounded.

Heather Squires was no different from any of the thousands of people who’ve been charged with DUI this year in Arizona. They drank, they got busted, and now — thanks to the toughest DUI laws in the nation — they can expect jail time, big fines, and an ignition interlock.

Except for one thing.

Heather Squires’ blood alcohol content that night was 0.00. The records prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that she was an exemplary designated driver.

She hadn’t had a drop to drink…

The arrest should never have happened. And though Mesa police quietly dismissed the charges against her a month later, her case still raises serious questions.

Let’s face it. The DUI situation in Arizona is out of control. As I reported earlier this year, drivers are getting popped after just one or two drinks, with blood alcohol contents far below the legal limit.

But Heather’s case is the only one I’ve seen in which the driver drank nothing. It certainly makes me wonder whether her treatment was related to the fact that her husband, Jason, is a DUI attorney based in Mesa.

A few months before Heather’s arrest, in fact, he helped a client beat the rap for extreme DUI at a jury trial, even though records suggest the guy was guilty.

The officer who arrested the guy? Bond Gonzalez — the same cop who would arrest Heather Squires.

I’ve posted in the past about efforts to attack defense attorneys who defend citizens accused of drunk driving.  See, MADD’s Solution: Get Rid of the LawyersNew MADD Strategy: Shut Down the LawyersMADD: Lawyers the Cause of Continuing DUI Fatalities.  But going after their wives is a new one…

  • jim

    soundfs like a law suit. i mean, there is defintivley the probable cause issue to ARREST fir dui, but also the reasonable assumption the officer made a retalitory arrest.

    this is just the type of case , where like in the movie a few good men, a great attorney can question the officer until he admit it was a retalitory arrest.

    on the face of it, it appears they have a great law suit.

  • LabMonkey

    I was the private scientist who helped Mr. Squires and his client beat the extreme DUI charge. It would appear the officer in that case didn’t like that outcome, even though Mr. Squires was a professional gentlemen during the case.

    Apparently someone took it personally.

  • koivisto

    How can you say there was probable cause? Smell of alcohol? slurred speech? Swaying? SHE DIDN’T DRINK ANYTHING, SHE BLEW 0.00!!!
    This needs to be investigated fully, and if the officer made an arrest for revenge, then his job is on the line. Once again the DUI charge is guilty until proven innocent, and that makes me sick.

  • jim

    appearantly there is a rwading comprehension problem somewhere.
    where did i say the officer had probable cause?
    i said probable cause is at issue here.

  • joe

    Here is a shameful reality, if the police push this issue too far, they’ll risk alienating the public. If laws are broken by law enforcement in the name of public safety, eventually the public will get fed up or just cease to obey the laws. There is obvious pressure on police and highway patrol people to do their jobs, which is difficult, but there needs to be a higher dedication to thorough police work. Had this girl been tested in any way, her blood alcohol content would have been obvious and the officer would have been redfaced.

  • koivisto

    “soundfs like a law suit. i mean, there is defintivley the probable cause issue to ARREST fir dui”

    That is a little tough to understand.

    My point is the DUI issue had gotten out of hand.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • n7uqa91

    I truly expect this to get a lot worse before things get any better. Next they’ll use the excuse that “you could have been drinking”. This just further instills the fact that I have no respect for law enforcement officers. While there may be some “honest” cops, it’s the ones who are more concerned with making the arrest at any cost that I disrespect the most. Once the “war on drunk driving” is lost, MADD will launch a war on distracted drivers and the “carnage on the highway” it creates. Hell, MADD won’t even have to change their name.

    I certainly hope there is a MAJOR lawsuit over this FUBAR arrest.

  • koivisto

    n7uqa91 you are right on.
    The thought police are alive and well.

  • jim

    whats hard to understand, probable cause is an issue, in which the law suit can be based.

  • Sounds like she could really sue this cop! He charged with charges that she was not even tested for!