Ring in the New Year with a designated driver!

by Aaron Black • December 27, 2016
Don't drink and drivePlanning on going out to celebrate the New Year? In November it was announced that the annual DUI enforcement and sober designated driver campaigns would be in full force this holiday season.

Why start the New Year with a DUI when you can plan ahead and let Uber shuffle to and from your destination or better yet get a designated driver to ensure a safe and fun celebration if you intend on drinking.

I can’t stress enough how severe the penalties in Maricopa County are for a DUI. With the harshest penalties in the nation, Arizona simply doesn’t play around. The penalties carry mandatory jail time, fines, license suspension and the ignition interlock device will be installed on your car. The ignition interlock alone may be installed for as long as a year.

1st Time Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (under .15 BAC)

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, however, 9 days may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail is 6 months
  • DUI Fines
$250 Fine
$210 Surcharge
$500 Prison Fund 
$500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 90 day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation for up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • You pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance also known as High-Risk Insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)
In addition to the penalties above, did you know that when you have been charged with a DUI in Maricopa County, that you will also face penalties from other entities and not just the court? You will also face consequences from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Is it really worth it?

Ring in the New Year confident that your fun will not be interrupted by a bad decision by getting behind the wheel after drinking, let alone the possibility of hurting an innocent bystander along the way.

To learn more about a DUI conviction in Maricopa County, click here to contact me or call 480-729-1683 to set up a free 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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