The Holidays are fast approaching, don't let a DUI spoil the fun

by Aaron Black • November 09, 2017
Drinking and driving over the holidaysThe time for attending holiday parties and family gatherings are quickly approaching, and as you celebrate the season, please remember that the Arizona DUI enforcement campaign will be in full swing.

The holidays are indeed a time of celebration, and 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.

The Police look for approximately 20 signs for impaired driving when patrolling for drunk drivers. For the police to stop you, they need to see a violation first, and a simple infraction gives them the authority to pull you over.

I have once again listed 20 things that the police look for when looking for drunk drivers. The list is based on research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Simple infractions that can land you in jail facing DUI charges

  • Making a wide radius turn
  • Simply “appearing to be drunk”
  • Weaving
  • Swerving
  • Your speed limit is more than 10 mph below the posted speed limit
  • Straddling the center of the lane marker
  • Almost striking an object
  • Driving on other than designated highway
  • Stopping your vehicle in traffic for no reason
  • Following another vehicle too closely
  • Your car was drifting
  • Your tires are on the lane marker
  • You were braking erratically
  • Driving into oncoming traffic
  • You were inconsistently signaling
  • Slow to respond to traffic signals
  • Stopping your vehicle inappropriately
  • Driving without your headlights on
  • Turning your vehicle abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating or decelerating your vehicle rapidly
Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for DUI in the country and even a first time DUI can carry some harsh penalties such as jail time and fines. If you plan on having cocktails while celebrating the holidays, make sure you have a plan ahead of time on how you are going to get home. Designate a driver, contact Uber or Lyft to ensure an enjoyable holiday season.

If you are charged with a DUI over the holidays, contact Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney, Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free case 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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