Fourth of July is one of the deadliest times of the year for motorists due to increased drinking and driving

by Aaron Black • June 28, 2017
Fourht of JulyLast year during the Fourth of July holiday 443 people were arrested for a DUI. Of those, 151 had a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater. In Arizona, a blood alcohol level of .15 BAC is considered Extreme Driving under the influence.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the deadliest times for motorists across the country in fact according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 40 percent of all highway deaths occur during the holiday weekend.

As always I strongly encourage you to contact Uber, Lyft or just designate a driver if you plan on drinking to ensure a fun, safe holiday weekend. After all planning ahead by at least designating a driver is far cheaper than paying for a DUI Lawyer, court costs, serving jail time, running the risk of having an ignition interlock installed on your car as well as facing the social consequences.

Planning on celebrating the Fourth of July on the water? July the 4th is one of the two highest attendance days on the lakes which is all the more reason to practice safe boating and that includes not drinking while boating.

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 may carry even more severe penalties. The Arizona Boating Laws apply on all waterways of the state, including those common to interstate bound-
aries.

I wish you a fun, safe 4th of July however, if you do end up facing DUI charges in Phoenix over the holiday, please contact Phoenix DUI attorney Aaron Black 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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