Arizona DUI Blog

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ARS 28 1382 (A)(1): What You Need to Know About Arizona’s Extreme DUI

by Aaron M. Black • May, 19, 2022
DUI charges in AZ cover various levels of impairment including an extreme DUI under Arizona Revised Statute §28-1382 (A)(1). more...

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Cinco De Mayo DUIs: Why Is Highway Patrol on High Alert This Year?

by Aaron M. Black • May, 03, 2022
Cinco de Mayo Is Much More Than Tequila and Guacamole -- Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican troops against the French army in Batalla de Puebla in 1862. Find out why Highway Patrol is on high alert this year and what a Cinco de Mayo DUI could mean for you if you get caught driving intoxicated. more...

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Arizona’s Super Extreme DUI Explained – ARS 28-1382 A 2

by Aaron M. Black • April, 28, 2022
The DUI laws in Arizona range from rough to tough under the state’s no tolerance policy. The super extreme DUI becomes the harsher if the prosecution can prove its case. more...

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Aggravated, Actual Physical Control DUIs in Arizona Law - Statute 28-1383

by Aaron M. Black • April, 12, 2022
With some of the harshest DUI laws in the nation Arizona and Greater Phoenix authorities aggressively perform arrests for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Among their legal avenues are aggravated driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while impaired under Arizona Revised Statute §28-1383 and its companion offenses. more...

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DUI Arrest Does Not Necessarily Mean a Conviction

by Aaron M. Black • March, 31, 2022
Defense Wins in ‘Actual Physical Control’ DUI Trial. My client stopped his truck, shifted the transmission into park and fell asleep. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being in actual physical control of the truck while intoxicated. more...

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Sober Drivers Can Be Arrested for DUI in Phoenix

by Aaron M. Black • March, 22, 2022
Sometimes even sober drivers are arrested for impaired driving in greater Phoenix. It does not happen often but everybody makes mistakes, including police officers, tests, and technicians, and these mistakes place sober drivers in jeopardy. more...

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Pinal County Sheriff’s Son Pleads Guilty to Reduced DUI Charge

by Aaron M. Black • February, 18, 2022
Cooper Lamb, the son of the incumbent Pinal County’s Sheriff, entered into a plea deal and is expected to be sentenced to six months in county jail for drug impaired driving and hitting a man riding a mountain bike. more...

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Arizona Boating OWI Impairment Case Arises From a ‘Good Deed’

by Aaron M. Black • January, 27, 2022
No good deed goes unpunished. In this case the punishment was for operating a watercraft while under the Influence by Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes. more...

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Arizona DUI Task Force Arrests 2,000 Drivers in 2021 Holiday Season

by Aaron M. Black • January, 20, 2022
In Arizona, Operation Safe Roads made nearly 2,000 DUI arrests over the December holiday season. That's more than in year 2020 but less than in 2019 when more than 2,100 DUI arrests were made. more...

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New Cars Could Have Built-in Anti-DUI Technology

by Aaron M. Black • December, 28, 2021
The infrastructure bill requires new cars to have “advanced drunk and impaired driving prevention technology” by 2026. more...

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Relaxed Pandemic Restrictions Impact on Arizona Holiday DUIs

by Aaron M. Black • December, 06, 2021
Arizona experienced an uptick in holiday DUI arrests from 2019 to 2020; and with more of us on the roads in 2021, law enforcement is expecting an increase in DUIs this holiday season. more...

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Maricopa County Allows Home Detention for Low Level DUI Offenders

by Aaron M. Black • December, 03, 2021
Home detention allows eligible DUI offenders to avoid disruption of their work or school schedules and helps reduce expenditures for the county’s 26 justice courts and the county jail. The cost of devices for monitoring location and consuming alcohol are paid by the defendants. more...

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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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