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!


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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