Don’t let Holidays parties and Family Gatherings lead to an Aggravated DUI

by Aaron Black • December 20, 2016
Holiday CelebrationThe time for attending holiday parties and family gatherings are among us and as you celebrate the season please remember that the Arizona DUI enforcement campaign is in full swing and drinking and driving with your children in your car can lead to a felony DUI.

If you are arrested for a DUI with a child in your car under the age of 15 this is considered an Aggravated DUI in Phoenix. A conviction has dire consequences in terms of jail, mandatory fines, and license suspension but even worse what if your child gets hurt while you were driving under the influence.

The holidays are indeed a time of celebration but in Phoenix, even one or two drinks can lead to an arrest. A simple miscalculation on your part behind the wheel can lead to you being pulled over and if the officer smells alcohol on your breath even though you may have had just a few drinks this gives them probable cause to arrest you.

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

  • 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 click here to contact me or call Aaron today for a free consultation at 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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