Memorial Day weekend is on the horizon and the police are too!

by Aaron Black • May 26, 2017
Drinking and Driving in PhoenixMemorial Day weekend is here, and as you plan your festivities for the long three day weekend, I encourage you to include using a ride share program if your plans include drinking alcoholic beverages.

The police will more than likely step up efforts to thwart drinking and driving with extra patrols. A simple miscalculation on your part behind the wheel can lead to being pulled over, and if the officer smells alcohol on your breath even if you have had just a few drinks, this gives them probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.

If you are pulled over for suspicion of a DUI

  • Immediately ask for an Attorney
     
  • Let the police know that you will not answer any other questions without an Attorney present
     
  • Invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Remember that anything you say may be held against you and incriminating evidence can be used against you should your case go to trial.
     
  • DUI offenses in Phoenix can involve complex legal issues, and even worse, more serious charges can be levied against you if a person was injured or killed.

You may be charged with DUI under the following conditions

  • The government can prove that your Blood Alcohol Concentration was a .08% or more within two hours of driving.
     
  • The government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving a vehicle or in actual physical control of a vehicle and were impaired to the slightest degree, you can be charged. Impaired to the slightest degree in the simplest terms means that you were kind of buzzed.

    Indications of impaired to the slightest degree can include bloodshot, watery eyes, the odor of alcohol on your person, swaying when exiting your vehicle, failing the field sobriety tests and driving slower than the posted speed limit.
Celebrate the Memorial Day holiday safely and remember to pass the keys if you decide to celebrate with drinks no matter how few. The safety of you, your family and innocent bystanders can be a risk with you behind the wheel even if you’re slightly “buzzed.”

If unfortunately, you are facing DUI charges in Phoenix, don’t take a chance when your freedom is at risk. Contact an experienced DUI Lawyer in Phoenix to represent you.

Available 24 hours a day Aaron Black is dedicated to putting his skills and experience to work for individuals charged with a DUI in Phoenix. To learn more contact Aaron for a free consultation or call 480-729-1683.