Arizona DUI over Labor Day Weekend

by Aaron Black • September 03, 2012

According to there have been over 400 DUI arrests over the Labor Day weekend in Arizona. 40 of the arrests were for Aggravated DUI where, if convicted, a person is facing a minimum of four months in prison and a felony on their record.

The average BAC is up this year from a .149 last year to a .155 this year. This change means a lot. A .155 is an extreme DUI in Arizona. An Extreme DUI in Arizona carries a mandatory minimum punishment of 30 days in jail, minimum of 16 hours of alcohol classes, $2700 in fines, 12 months with the ignition interlock and up to five years of probation.

Below is a brief list of potential penalties for drinking and driving in Phoenix over Labor Day Weekend.

1st Time Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (under .15 BAC)

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended

  • Maximum Jail – 6 months

  • Fines, license suspension, potential community service, 1-year ignition interlock

1st Time Extreme Driving Under the Influence above a .15 BAC (but less than .20)

  • Minimum Jail - 30 days jail

  • Maximum Jail – 6 months

  • Fines, license suspension, potential for SR22 insurance and the possibility of probation up to 5 years

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence “Kid in Car” (Younger than 15) Class 6 Felony

  • Minimum Jail - 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended

  • Maximum Jail - 2 years in prison. Maximum jail time can be higher if you have prior felony convictions

  • Fines, license revocation, probation, and felony on your record 

The Arizona police have been out patrolling the streets all Labor Day Weekend. They are looking for drunk drivers. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Arizona over Labor Day Weekend call Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyer Aaron Black. DUI cases are defensible. Call an Arizona DUI Lawyer to fight for you.

If you have been charged with a DUI, Phoenix DUI Lawyer Aaron Black will navigate you through both your criminal case and MVD case. Aaron Black is a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal DUI Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10.0 Superb Lawyer on, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).


About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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