Don’t let the NCAA March Madness lead to “Impaired to the slightest degree”

by Aaron Black • March 07, 2016
With the NCAA tournament on the horizon, loyal fans will be meeting up with friends to root for their team with a frenzy. As always, I strongly encourage taking a cab, designate a driver or rent a limousine to the festivities if you plan on drinking to ensure a fun, safe game day.

With increased patrols out looking for drivers under the influence, even being “impaired to the slightest degree” in Maricopa County can lead you to jail, numerous fines, license suspension and a 1 year ignition interlock being placed on your vehicle.

“Impaired to the slightest degree,” in simple terms, means that you are kind of tipsy. What few people know, is that when you are arrested for DUI in Phoenix, Arizona, you are always charged twice. First for being over the legal od a .08 BAC and the second charge falls under Arizona Revised Statute 28-1381(a)(1) for driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance and "impaired to the slightest degree."

With two DUI charges against you, the prosecutor has two chances of convicting you of basically the same thing. However, the punishemnt for both charges are exactly the same. You cannot get double punished.

If you are facing DUI charges it is essential to speak with a lawyer who is experienced in handling DUI defense law. Depending on your blood alcohol concentration and history, jail can range from 1 day to 6 months for misdemeanors and up to 15 years for a felony.

With all of the negatives associated with a DUI conviction, why not heed warning and enjoy the NCAA tournament with friends able to joke about the evenings events the next day all knowing that you safely traveled to and from the party.

If however, you end up facing DUI charges in Arizona, please click here to contact Aaron or call (480)729-1683 for a free legal 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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