Don't let a DUI take away the Merry in Christmas!

by Aaron Black • December 21, 2017
DUI tasks forces will be out in full swing over the Christmas HolidayChristmas is just days away and the holiday gatherings with family and friends have commenced. Once again, please be aware that DUI tasks forces will be out in full swing throughout the New Year in Phoenix and surrounding communities. Unlike previous years the tasks forces will be scattered throughout communities rather than manned areas.

2016 DUI arrests over the holidays

In 2016 there were over 2,000 drunk drivers arrested in Arizona during the holidays and I’m sure that you don’t want to be a 2017 statistic so I strongly encourage you to plan on catching a ride with Uber or Lyft.

Even if you are planning on going out to dinner to celebrate with friends, a couple of cocktails can land you in jail. A simple miscalculation that gives the police a reason to pull you over and they smell alcohol on your breath those two drinks could end up costing you jail time, hefty fines and the installation of the ignition interlock device.

If unfortunately you are arrested for a DUI over the holidays, I will be available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season. Offering personal legal representation defending individuals in all Arizona federal, state and city courts, I represent clients in Phoenix and surrounding areas that include Apache Junction, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe, Arizona.

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)

Drinking & driving with children in the car

When planning a family outing to celebrate the Christmas holiday please know that you can be charged with an aggravated DUI if you have children in the car that are younger than 15.

If you are found Guilty under ARS 28-1383, there are “mandatory minimum” sentences. For example, if convicted, you must serve a minimum 4 months in the Arizona Department of Corrections. If on the other hand you are granted probation, it can last up to 10 years. Furthermore, if this is a first felony conviction and you are not given probation, you would serve 1 - 3.75 year.

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

  • Minimum Jail time - 10 days jail, however, 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail time - 2 years in prison and possibly higher if you have prior felony convictions
  • Aggravated DUI Fines:
$250 Fee
$750 Fine
$630 Surcharge
$1500 Prison Fund 
$1500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 3-year license revocation
  • Probation up to 10 years if jail sentence
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Up to 10 years of probation
  • Monthly probation fees – usually $65/month
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 2 years Ignition Interlock
  • DNA taken
  • Victim Impact Panel
  • Possible Driving Under the Influence Court program
  • Felony on your record
Celebrate the holidays safely and remember to pass the keys if you decide to celebrate with drinks no matter how few. The safety of you, your family and innocent bystanders can be a risk with you behind the wheel even if you’re slightly “buzzed.”

If unfortunately, you are facing felony DUI charges for an aggravated DUI, don’t take a chance with your future and contact an experienced DUI attorney in Phoenix to represent you.
To learn more contact Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free consultation. Again, I will be available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season. Be safe!

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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