Can I be charged with a DUI in Phoenix with a blood alcohol content less than the legal limit?

by Aaron Black • February 01, 2016
As you know, Arizona is a no-tolerance state for driving under the influence (DUI). You can actually be arrested with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) less than the legal limit of 0.08. If the government can prove that your Blood Alcohol Concentration was a .08% or more within two hours of driving the prosecution will add another charge. Right now the City of Phoenix is prosecuting a .078 BAC. My client has never been in trouble. His blood is below the legal limit, the prosecution does not care. The prosecution is not making an offer and trying to prosecute my client to the fullest extent of the law. I am here to protect him, and you, from over zealous prosecutors.

1st time misdemeanor driving under the influence penalties for being "impaired to the slightest degree" are listed below. After reviewing them I’m sure you would have to agree that it would be far easier and safer to take a taxi or ask a friend to be the designated driver.
  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines$250 Fine
$210 Surcharge
$500 Prison Fund 
$500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 90 day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1 year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)
In addition to the penalties that you would incur, drinking and driving also puts others at risk of harm. Can you just imagine for one second finding out that your actions resulted in injury or even death of innocent bystander. Is it really worth the risk?

If you are facing DUI charges in Maricopa County it is essential to speak with a lawyer experienced in DUI defense law.

At the Law office of Aaron Black, my clients are assured that I will personally represent them and put my courtroom experience to work to obtain the best possible outcome. Though the evidence may seem overwhelmingly against you, I has successfully defended numerous jury and bench trials in Maricopa county working to “Deliver Justice and Defend Your Freedom.”

Please contact me or call to set up a free consultation about my DUI and Criminal Defense legal services and to discuss the impending case against you today 480-729-1683.

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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