How can I be charged in Phoenix with a DUI for sleeping in my car?

by Aaron Black • April 29, 2016
The penalties for a DUI in Phoenix are some of the harshest in the country. Convictions carry mandatory jail and fines, license suspension, and the installation of an ignition interlock device.

There are numerous ways that you can be convicted of DUI. One way that you can be convicted is for being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The issue of being in actual physical control is for a jury to decide, and they will take into account a number of factors.

Factors that will be taken in to account if a Police Officer finds you behind the wheel of a car

  • Were you sleeping?
  • Was the engine on?
  • Was the vehicle in gear?
  • Was the brake on?
  • Were your windows up or down?
  • Was the radio on?
  • Where was the vehicle located?
  • How was the weather?
  • Were the keys in the ignition?
  • Was the public in danger?
These above listed elements, and more, can mean the difference of being convicted of a DUI even if you were only sleeping in your car, not actually driving down the road.

Because of the severity of penalties and potentially life-changing implications of a conviction, it’s essential to speak with a Phoenix DUI Attorney who has a clear understanding of the complexities of DUI laws in Phoenix. Depending on the blood alcohol concentration and history, jail can range from 1 day to 6 months for misdemeanors and up to 15 years for a felony.

The Law Office of Aaron Black defends individuals that have been charged with a DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI personally logging thousands of hours in the courtroom obtaining favorable results for his clients. Though the evidence may seem overwhelmingly against you, I draw from my extensive history of DUI defense to provide the most compelling strategy for your individual case.

I understand that good people sometimes find themselves in bad situations and I’m dedicated to protecting your rights and will “Deliver Justice and Defend Your Freedom.” If you have been charged with a DUI while sleeping in your car, click here to contact me or call 480-729-1683 to set up a free consultation today!