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Thanksgiving in Greater Phoenix Triggers DUIs

by Aaron M. Black • November, 24, 2021
Thanksgiving, our nation’s oldest holiday, launches the year-end holiday season with family and friend revelers who drive when they should not. Authorities know that and they are on the lookout for drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications. more...

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How to Ruin Your Life in One Night

by Aaron M. Black • November, 05, 2021
Bad judgment, peer pressure, addiction, a chance encounter, these are catalysts for destroying in a single night all that has been achieved over a lifetime, and sometimes taking another’s life. This life changer has a name - Felony DUI in Phoenix, AZ more...

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Phoenix Area Law Enforcement Rolls Out DUI Patrols for Halloween

by Aaron M. Black • October, 27, 2021
It is routine that law enforcement agencies set up sobriety checkpoints and rolling patrols hunting for impaired drivers. In past years Halloween Weekend DUI Patrols have targeted up to six locations in Phoenix. more...

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Watch Where You Park after a Night Out Drinking in Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • October, 22, 2021
Watch where you park. A new Arizona law went into effect on Oct. 1. This new law makes it illegal to partially obstruct a sidewalk or impede pedestrian use. It was already illegal to park on a sidewalk. more...

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DoorDash Now Delivers Alcohol to Phoenix Arizona Homes

by Aaron M. Black • September, 30, 2021
DoorDash’s new alcohol delivery service in Phoenix, Arizona may save people from driving home while under the influence from an evening out and getting a DUI. more...

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Arizona’s First-Time Felony DUI Conviction Means Prison

by Aaron M. Black • September, 17, 2021
Being charged with a first-time DUI felony in greater Phoenix does not have a direct relationship with the level of alcohol or drug induced impairment involved. It's the "aggravated" factor that matters. more...

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Manslaughter Charges and Defenses in Arizona DUI Cases

by Aaron M. Black • September, 10, 2021
Taking the life of another person in greater Phoenix can result in a manslaughter charge, which is one step down from murder. Manslaughter is a “dangerous” Class 2 felony that is life changing with years in state prison if convicted. If the charge has an aggravated component DUI allegation, additional prison time is permitted under law. more...

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Wrong Way Drivers in Greater Phoenix Face Prison If Convicted

by Aaron M. Black • August, 19, 2021
Head-on crashes and dangerous side swipes happen. In an effort to reduce the frequency of wrong way crashes, the state legislature in 2018 increased the penalties for wrong way offenses. About 25 percent of wrong way crashes are fatal. more...

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New Arizona Law Gives Some DUI Offenders a Second Chance

by Aaron M. Black • August, 16, 2021
Those who are eligible for a second chance include people convicted of misdemeanors, including low level DUIs, or Class 4, 5, or 6 felonies, if at least two years have passed since completing probation or sentence conditions, or Class 2 or 3 felonies after five years of completing sentence conditions or probation. more...

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Arizona’s First-Time Misdemeanor DUI: Consequences and Defenses

by Aaron M. Black • July, 28, 2021
Red and blue lights flash in the rear view mirror – an invitation to enter the criminal justice system in greater Phoenix on a first-time DUI offense. more...

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Odd Ways to Get a DUI in Phoenix Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • July, 22, 2021
Being charged with impaired driving in Phoenix, Arizona is not limited to operating passenger cars and trucks. Is it illegal to be impaired and ride a horse? The answer is no, although riding while impaired can be dangerous if the rider falls or is thrown. more...

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Supreme Court Rules Police Cannot Always Follow Fleeing Misdemeanor Suspects into Their Phoenix Homes

by Aaron M. Black • July, 09, 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 9-0 that law enforcement when pursuing a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not justify entering a private home to capture the person without a valid search warrant. more...

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DUI Dangers on Phoenix’s 2021 July Fourth Weekend

by Aaron M. Black • June, 30, 2021
Traffic officers in Phoenix will be closely watching drivers during the 4th of July weekend. Drinking and driving on this holiday traditionally causes an increase in DUI arrests. more...

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Phoenix DUI Attorney Aaron Black on Marijuana Impairment

by Aaron M. Black • June, 21, 2021
We are seeing an uptick in marijuana DUI cases in Phoenix & an accelerating police effort to train officers in how to spot an alleged marijuana DUI. There is not yet a device that can detect the level of marijuana impairment. more...

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Mistakes Made by DUI Police in Greater Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • June, 04, 2021
Anyone can make a mistake, even Phoenix law officers & prosecutors. Mistakes made in procedures, traffic stops, arrests, faults in testing equipment, evidence storage impact DUI cases involving alcohol, prescriptions, or illicit drugs. more...

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Phoenix area DUI checkpoints for Memorial Day 2021

by Aaron M. Black • May, 27, 2021
Memorial Day weekend 2021 begins another DUI hunting season for police agencies in Phoenix. Checkpoints are set up in a variety of locations stopping drivers at random to be evaluated. more...

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Phoenix Arizona DUI Trials - How Jurors are Chosen by Attorney’s

by Aaron M. Black • May, 14, 2021
Jurors are chosen in a process called voir dire, a combination of Old French and Latin meaning to speak the truth. They are interviewed by the prosecution and defense lawyers with the goal of choosing those who can be fair and impartial. more...

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Aaron Black Named to Super Lawyers 2021 as top Phoenix DUI Attorney

by Aaron M. Black • May, 07, 2021
I am once again pleased to announce that I have been selected as a DUI Super Lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona for 8 years in a row. more...

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Commercial Drivers and the Strict DUI Laws in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • April, 30, 2021
A conviction for drinking and driving for those who have an Arizona commercial driver’s license means not only a conviction and a criminal record, but also license suspension and in some cases, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles will disqualify a commercial driver. more...

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How to Attract Unwanted Attention of DUI Traffic Officers

by Aaron M. Black • April, 23, 2021
Many moves Arizona drivers make will grab the attention of traffic officers. But if the drivers are at, over, or even “slightly” impaired, they are flirting with a DUI. The job of traffic law enforcement is to keep everyone safe. When they see an infraction or acting in a blatant disregard for a traffic law, these officers might take the violation personally. more...

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Celebrity and Wealth in DUI Cases: Celebrities Behaving Badly

by Aaron M. Black • April, 16, 2021
Celebrity and wealth generate intoxicating prestige, power and privilege. Some of these fortunate people come to believe they are special, above society’s law. more...

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Marijuana DUI Arrests Going Up after Legalization in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • April, 09, 2021
I have witnessed an uptick in the number of marijuana DUI cases since Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 207 decriminalizing marijuana possession and use in Phoenix and Scottsdale. more...

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Phoenix Beware of Arizona’s Slightest Degree Impairment Law

by Aaron M. Black • April, 02, 2021
DUI arrests are happening even when drivers in Phoenix and Scottsdale are under the legal limit for drinking and driving. A motorist does not need to be intoxicated to be arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Arizona. more...

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Arizona’s Laws for Causing Death in DUI Crashes

by Aaron M. Black • March, 18, 2021
An Arizona motorist driving impaired, even slightly, from alcohol or drugs who causes a crash that kills someone, including any passengers in the impaired driver’s vehicle, raises a drunk driving charge to a far worse offense. Although Arizona does not have a vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter law, as do many other states, our state does address death related DUI offenses. Depending upon the facts and circumstances of the DUI related fatality, the charge can be manslaughter, negligent homicide, and in severe intentional cases, second degree murder. more...

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The Art and Law of Plea Bargaining a DUI in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • March, 11, 2021
Going to trial for a DUI charge in Arizona is an uncertainty. We can never be sure how jurors will weigh the evidence, the facts of the case, and the testimony to reach a verdict. Plea bargaining agreements eliminate the uncertainty. For both sides. more...

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How DUI Police Reports Can Impact Your Defense Case

by Aaron M. Black • March, 03, 2021
The police report contains basic information about the details of your arrest. There are many details in the police report that can play a major role in your DUI defense case. more...

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Are You an Out-of-State Driver With an Arizona DUI Charge?

by Aaron M. Black • February, 05, 2021
Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws in the nation. Dealing with a DUI arrest is tough, especially for out-of-state drivers. DUI lawyer Aaron Black explains how to handle an out-of-state DUI charge in Arizona. more...

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Arizona’s New Texting Ban Could Capture Impaired Drivers

by Aaron M. Black • January, 22, 2021
With the New Year, Arizona’s texting ban while driving law graduated from a warning to fines. And law enforcement can use violations as a pretext for a traffic stop and a DUI field sobriety test anywhere within the state. more...

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How Much Does a DUI Lawyer in Arizona Cost?

by Aaron M. Black • January, 11, 2021
Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. If you are facing a DUI charge, then you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you throughout the legal process. Find out how much that will cost! more...

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How to Defend a Suspended Driver’s License in Phoenix Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • January, 04, 2021
An arrest for driving impaired in Arizona will lead to your driver’s license being confiscated at the traffic stop and a license suspension will follow. But there is a process by which you can fight for your license. more...

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Phoenix Arizona DUI Cases - Field Sobriety Tests

by Aaron M. Black • December, 24, 2020
Traffic officers in Arizona have an arsenal of ways to screen someone who is suspected of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. These initial screenings are based in law, training and physiology. more...

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Do Not Let Heavier Holiday Drinking Lead to a DUI Arrest

by Aaron M. Black • December, 18, 2020
Did you know that Arizonans drink more during the holiday season than almost any other state in the nation? A survey conducted by Sunrise House, an addiction treatment center in New Jersey, found that the average Arizonan consumes around four alcoholic drinks per day during the holiday season. more...

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An Arizona DUI Conviction Can Ruin Professional Careers

by Aaron M. Black • December, 11, 2020
The many organizations that issue and recertify professional licenses and certifications require strict criteria and rules of behavior to follow. Breaking them, such as a charge or conviction for a DUI in Arizona, can mean suspension or revocation that will damage or destroy careers. more...

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Arizona’s Holiday Season DUI Enforcement Operating in Pandemic

by Aaron M. Black • November, 25, 2020
The pandemic may make our holiday season less merry but the virus is not going to stop law enforcement in Arizona from aggressively enforcing our tough zero tolerance DUI laws. Their goal is to save lives during one of the most deadly times of the year for impaired driving crashes. more...

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How Do I Build an Effective DUI Defense?

by Aaron M. Black • November, 20, 2020
Phoenix defense attorney Aaron Black answers the question, how do I build an effective DUI defense? He also reveals the most compelling DUI defense arguments used in court. more...

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Aaron Black Named 2020 Top Scottsdale DUI Lawyer by Scottsdale Airpark News

by Aaron M. Black • November, 13, 2020
At the Law Office of Aaron Black, we are pleased to announce that Aaron Black was named a 2020 Top Scottsdale DUI Lawyer by Scottsdale Airpark News. more...

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What Happens if My Child Is Arrested for a DUI?

by Aaron M. Black • October, 14, 2020
If your child was arrested for a DUI, then you should know how Arizona law will affect his or her case. Attorney Aaron Black explains the penalties for a baby DUI in the following post. more...

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Independent DUI Blood Tests Are a Legal Right in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • September, 23, 2020
You may think that a blood test used in Arizona DUI cases means a slam-dunk conviction, but that is not necessarily the case. more...

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Refusing DUI Breath and Blood Tests in Arizona

by Aaron M. Black • August, 28, 2020
Red lights flashing in the mirror and an Arizona traffic officer suspects you’ve been drinking. The officer wants you to take a breathalyzer test and in some situations a blood test. Confusion erupts. What should you do? more...

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How a Hung Jury in Arizona DUI Trials Happen

by Aaron M. Black • August, 14, 2020
Juries hearing Arizona DUI cases weigh the evidence but sometimes they reach an impasse in their deliberations, known as a “hung jury” or a “deadlocked” jury. more...

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