Cinco de Mayo holiday or plain old Tuesday, there is no ok time to drink and drive

by Aaron Black • May 15, 2017
DUI in Phoenix, AZAlthough Cinco de Mayo has come and gone it’s just another reminder not to drink and drive. The Scottsdale Police Department collaborated with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety as well as the Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe police departments to crack down on drunk drivers. Although the holidays always bring to the forefront the risks associated with drinking and driving and of course the risk of getting caught with the increased patrols for DUI’s, no time should be an ok time to drink and drive.

From a first time DUI offense to extreme, super extreme or aggravated DUI, Phoenix, Arizona enforces some of the harshest penalties in the country. Penalties vary for first-time or repeat offenders. These offenses carry mandatory prison terms, fines, license suspension and the ignition interlock device.

With options such as Cabs, Uber and Lyft why risk putting yourself in life-altering situations when they can, in fact, be avoided.

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 are facing DUI charges in Phoenix as the result of drinking and driving during Cinco de Mayo it is essential to speak with a lawyer experienced in DUI defense law immediately. With both legal and job-related consequences on the horizon, choosing the right attorney to represent you could mean the difference between a dismissal of the charges against you, a not guilty verdict or perhaps no jail time or substantially reduced charges.

When your freedom is at risk contact the Law Office of Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free consultation. Proudly guaranteeing the protection of your constitutional rights in the courtroom since 2006.
 

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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