Can I get a DUI for consuming one or two drinks at dinner in Scottsdale Arizona?

by Aaron Black • August 02, 2016
Dinner and DrinksWhenever I am out at a restaurant I can’t help but notice the number of people having a cocktail with their dinner. This includes professionals, Moms and Dads and young couples all of whom are thinking that it’s ok to consume one or two drinks and later get behind the wheel thinking that they are fine to drive. In Scottsdale Arizona even one two drinks can get you arrested for a DUI.

For example, while on your way home from dinner you mistakenly make a wide turn and a police officer witnesses you doing so. He then proceeds to pull you over and when he approaches your window he notices the smell of alcohol on your breath. Of course his first question is going to be “Have you been drinking?” Because the officer has reason to suspect that you’ve been drinking the odds of you getting arrested for a DUI are very likely. Your first course of action should be to request a lawyer and invoke your right to remain silent.

With the harshest penalties in the country, Arizona laws for drinking and driving under the influence of .15 BAC can amount to jail time, fines, ignition interlock device (IID) and not to mention the overwhelming feeling of not knowing what the outcome will be. As always simple solution is to take a taxi, or of course designate a driver.

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
$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) 
If you do get pulled over for a DUI, please remember that you have a constitutional right to remain silent and a right not to incriminate yourself. As always I encourage you to hire an experienced DUI Attorney that understands the complexities of DUI defense law. Your decision could mean all of the difference in your case.

If you have questions or you are facing DUI charges in Scottsdale, please click here to contact Aaron or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation.

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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