Enjoy Memorial Day weekend and remember to drink responsibly

by Aaron Black • May 27, 2016
Boating funMemorial Day weekend is upon us! Fire up the grill, gather the family for festivities and launch your boat on Lake Pleasant to enjoy the long weekend.

Both Memorial Day and July the 4th are the two highest attendance days for Lake Pleasant which is all the more reason to practice safe boating. Although consuming drinks while boating may seem like harmless fun, it can lead to a DUI arrest or even worse a tragic event that otherwise could have been prevented.

Better known as “Liquid Courage,” can you for one minute imagine how much harm could come to a skier or tuber who suddenly thinks they can accomplish things on the water that otherwise they would not attempt better yet the harm that could result to others due to the increased traffic on the lake, I shudder at the possible consequences.

Operating a watercraft while drinking harbors many of the same harsh DUI penalties as operating a motor vehicle. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 and Extreme DUI is a BAC of .15 and above. If you are found guilty of drinking while operating a watercraft you could receive a fine of up to $2500 and a jail sentence of up to six months. Subsequent convictions Honoring those who servedmay carry even more severe penalties. Click here to review the Arizona Boating Laws and regulations to ensure a safe, fun holiday.

Last but not least, Memorial Weekend typically marks the beginning of summer fun however, I ask to take a moment out of your busy three day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives defending our freedom.

With an all-volunteer military each member of our armed services sacrifice so much for us and taking a moment to honor that sacrifice be it away from their families on long deployments, often times in harms way to the ultimate sacrifice of their life we owe them that and more!
 

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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