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Matthew Maerowitz

Matthew Maerowitz

Attorney at The Maerowitz Law Firm
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets...
  • Arizona
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Matt Maerowitz grew up in Arizona and went to high school at Brophy. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Boston College and later graduated from law school at the University of Arizona. Matt Maerowitz’s practice focuses on DUI, criminal defense, and personal injury cases. Before co-founding the Maerowitz Law Firm, LLC, Matt worked for a Scottsdale law firm where he drafted numerous criminal defense motions, primarily in DUI cases. Matt also worked for the Pima County Attorney’s Office as a student-prosecutor during law school where he handled several trials. Matt’s experience with both sides of criminal law cases has helped him anticipate arguments from the prosecution in order to prepare the best defense for his clients.

Practice Areas
  • DUI & DWI
  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Personal Injury
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
University of Arizona
J.D. (2013) | Law
Boston College
B.A. (2010) | Economics
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona # 030548
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56 Questions Answered

Q. Will the cops go across the united states to arrest someone for exchanging nudes with a minor?
A: This sounds a lot like a scam. I answered your question previously. To be safe you should never text nude photos to ANYONE.
Q. My son was rear ended and not at fault, but he has no insurance. Anything we can do?
A: Hopefully your son is okay! The good news is that in Arizona, he can still recover from the at-fault party even if he was not insured. If he was insured but the at fault party was not insured, then you can still recover with the likelihood depending on whether your son has uninsured motorist coverage and/or the assets of the at-fault party. Your son should consider consulting a personal injury attorney. My firm, as well as several others offer free consultations.
Q. What drugs to police test for in a blood draw?
A: In a DUI case, the crime lab will typically first test the blood for alcohol even when there is no suspicion of alcohol. If the results reflect a BAC above a 0.08 then typically no further testing will be done--though depending on the court and crime lab I have seen a further drug screen done even after blood tests positive for alcohol (especially for City of Phoenix cases). If the BAC is less than a 0.08 and there is some suspicion of drugs, then a drug screen will typically be done to detect the positive presence of any one of various classes of drugs. Some drugs are harder to detect in the blood than others. However, the screen typically includes the illegal drugs commonly thought of as well as many prescription-only drugs. If the screen is positive for any of the categories of drugs then further testing will be done to try and accurately identify the drug in the blood.
Q. I already have sciatica, but my accident made it worse - can I still make a claim if it's a preexisting condition?
A: Yes, ordinarily you can recover if the accident made a pre-existing condition worse. You would want a medical opinion saying so as well. You should consider contacting a personal injury attorney for a free consultation to be able to discuss your case in more detail.
Q. Is it true I cannot be granted an appointed defensive attorney only private legal counsel if jail time is unsought?
A: You are only entitled to a court-appointed attorney if there is the possibility of punishment involving loss of liberty (such as jail). However, in the interest of justice the court may still appoint a public defender under Rule 6.1(b)(2).
Q. Can I get a DUI for driving without wearing my prescription glasses?
A: Unless you also had drugs or alcohol in your system, that wouldn't be a DUI. However, it would still be a criminal misdemeanor for driving in violation of a restriction. You need your glasses to drive so I don't know why you would decide not to wear them. What commonly happens though is people get laser eye surgery correcting their vision, but forget to get the restriction removed from their license. If glasses are no longer needed, then you can go to the MVD and get your license restriction removed. Until then, you would be committing a crime even with 20/20 vision.
Q. What is the difference between a DUI and a wet and reckless?
A: There's no such thing as a "wet and reckless" in Arizona. There is however a crime of reckless driving. In terms of the difference between Reckless driving and DUI they both carry 8 points on MVD driving record, but DUI is a higher class of offense and carries certain mandatory minimum penalties that a reckless driving conviction does not carry. For example, even a regular first offense DUI carries a mandatory minimum 1 day jail with an additional 9 days suspended upon completion of alcohol treatment. When there is a potential defense to the DUI such as borderline blood alcohol level. Sometimes a prosecutor may offer a reckless driving plea but with similar penalties as DUI such as including the alcohol counseling. I have heard this colloquially called a "wet reckless" to refer to the fact that alcohol counseling is being ordered on a reckless driving.
Q. I was chrged twice on the same issue. First, it was dismissed, only to be refiled . Isnt that double jeopardy?
A: It depends how the charges were dismissed. The same charges can get refiled if the dismissal was WITHOUT prejudice. If it was WITH prejudice, then charges may be refiled so long as they comply with the applicable statute of limitations (time limit for filing). I am a bit confused by your description of the probation revocation hearing. Rule 8 motions deal with right to a speedy trial and exclusion of time, but that doesn't seem applicable here. I recommend consulting an attorney to discuss.
Q. I got a first time DUI. Will I need legal representation for first-time Court hearing
A: Yes you will need legal representation. DUI in Arizona carries mandatory minimum jail time. If you cannot afford an attorney, an attorney will be appointed to represent you at little or no cost.
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