Scottsdale First-Offense DUI Attorney: Law Office of Aaron M. Black

by Aaron M. Black • June 23, 2022

Have you recently been arrested for a first-offense DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona? You can count on award-winning DUI defense lawyer Aaron Black to get you through the process quickly, providing unmatched legal services and representation in Scottsdale!

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Drinking While Driving in Scottsdale? You'll Wind Up In CourtAaron Blacks primary goal is to attain the dismissal of your criminal case or suggest that the states case be reduced to a lesser offense. If you were affected by a first-time DUI arrest and the severe penalties that come along with the charge, then Aaron will use his years of extensive experience to build a solid and aggressive DUI defense against your charges.
An alcohol DUI conviction, regardless of reasonable suspicion or the defendants BAC, can often lead to mandatory jail time, hefty fines, and the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). In this case, it is vital for you to hire an experienced law firm with the ability to conduct a large-scale DUI investigation on your behalf.
The penalties for a DUI in the state of Arizona are certainly the harshest in the country, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office will, without a doubt, prosecute anyone found guilty of any crime, no matter how big or small the offense. Carrying a criminal conviction for driving over the legal limit carries mandatory, alcohol screening, mandatory jail, mandatory fines, a suspended license, and installation of an ignition interlock device.

1st Time Driving Under the Influence: BAC of .15 and Under

  • Minimum jail time of 10 days (with 9 days suspended upon completion of alcohol screening and classes) with a maximum jail sentence of 6 months
  • $250 Fine
  • 90-day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation of up to 5 years maximum
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock (can possibly be reduced to 6 months)
  • $210 Surcharge
  • $500 Prison Fund 
  • $500 Public Safety Equipment Fund
  • $20 Time Pay Fee
  • $20 Probation Fee

1st Offense: Extreme DUI With a BAC of 0.15 to 0.199

  • 30 days jail, 21 days suspended with mandatory alcohol screening and follow-up treatment, narcotic screening, home detention eligible after 20% served
  • Fines and Surcharges: $2,763 + a $20 time payment fee
  • Jail costs up to $2,700
  • 90 days motor vehicle license suspension (or one year for a refusal)
  • CDL driver results in a 1-year revocation of commercial vehicle license
  • Up to 5 years of probation
  • Community restitution
  • 12 months interlock device

1st Offense: Super Extreme DUI With a BAC of 0.20+

  • Minimum of 45 days in jail
  • Substance abuse screening, alcohol assessment, and follow-up treatment
  • Fines & Surcharges of $3,223 + $20 time payment fee
  • 90 days license suspension
  • CDL driver results in a 1-year revocation*
  • Up to 5 years of probation
  • Community restitution
  • Jail costs up to $4,000
  • 18 months interlock device

Other Critical Life-Changing Effects of a DUI Conviction

It's no secret that your auto insurance rates suffer when you get a DUI and everyone knows driving under the influence of alcohol is an expensive mistake to make. In addition, you could risk the lives of yourself and others on the road. Here are a few other challenges you may face after a DUI conviction.

Employment After A DUI Can Be A Challenge

Job Hunting Just Got a Little More Difficult

In certain circumstances, a DUI in Scottsdale can be probable cause to terminate a current employee. This can also make getting another job after termination very difficult, especially if it is a delivery or transport job that requires you have a clean driving record.

Severe Damage to Your Credit Score

A DUI conviction may also indirectly harm one's credit score. This is mainly due to the loss of employment or income and then failing to pay the required court fines.
When fines are not paid, the courts will notify collection agencies of the delinquent account, ultimately lowering the score. Also, the federal Fair Housing Act does not necessarily give criminal offenders a protected status and landlords can refuse to rent to them.

Suspension or Revocation of Professional Licenses

You can also have your professional license(s) suspended or revoked, altering your career temporarily, or even permanently. The list of licensed professionals is extensive including; pharmacists, pilots, accountants, lawyers, teachers, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, police officers, as well as other positions within the police department, firefighters, and commercial drivers.
  • NOTE: Professional licenses are technically revoked or suspended by the boards that are staffed by members of your profession, not members of the court. Hearings are officially conducted under administrative law, which has different procedures than criminal/civil laws.

Why Should I Hire a Scottsdale DUI Attorney for my Case?

Are you looking for a first offense DUI attorney for your case? Representing yourself is not the best way to go about the situation. Without knowing the laws and policies, it is simple to make mistakes on your own that may result in a DUI conviction. Here are the primary reasons to hire an Arizona DUI lawyer instead of going D.I.Y. and representing yourself.

The State of Arizona Does Not Take DUIs Lightly

After going through the process of a DUI arrest, naturally one would make a quick Google search to see what penalties and fines you might experience. Quickly you will learn that the penalties for drunk driving under Arizona state law are consequential, especially for extreme DUI, super extreme DUI and aggravated DUI cases.
The best route to take is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you dodge the costly penalties, minimum jail sentence, and drivers license suspension. If you find yourself in need of legal help, do not hesitate to give us a call today by calling 480-729-1683 to set up a consultation.

There Are DUI Lawyers on the Other Side

There is a team of DUI lawyers on the other side of your court case who would value nothing more than for you to receive a conviction. Local prosecutors will maliciously work on your case and will not go easy on you, especially if you do not have an official law firm representing you.
  • This applies especially to people facing a felony DUI charge, where the penalties are more severe, and the prosecution has little to no sympathy for the defendant.
  • You can also find additional reasons to hire a lawyer experienced in Arizona law rather than representing yourself here in our recent blog post. 

Finding the Right DUI Defense Strategy Is Essential

There are, of course, a number of different strategies that Scottsdale DUI lawyers can use when representing a client in court: 
  • For example, many lawyers will find a successful approach, challenging the validity of their BAC reading after a documented DUI arrest.
  • Others will question the validity and procedures used in the field sobriety test and blood sample test performed
A DUI case can swing in any direction depending on the strategy prepared for the defendant. Hiring a Scottsdale defense lawyer will guarantee that you have a thorough investigation into the DUI case, reviewing the police report and blood testing results to find the best possible.

Why Should I Hire Aaron Black to Handle My Scottsdale DUI Criminal Case?

Aaron Black Scottsdale DUI LawyerThere are plenty of DUI attorneys and defense attorneys in Scottsdale, Arizona, but they do not have the time or attention to effectively handle a DUI criminal case. We are a bit different when it comes to the use of manpower and resources. At the Law Office of Aaron Black, we will craft a top-notch legal defense strategy and keep you in the loop the whole way through.
Attorney Aaron Black has spent the past fourteen years dedicating his life to criminal defense law. Additionally, Aaron is one of the most awarded Scottsdale DUI lawyers around and was recently named a 2020 Top Scottsdale DUI lawyer by Scottsdale Airpark News. Aaron was selected because of his stellar reputation for successfully defending DUI cases in Arizona.

Contact Scottsdale DUI Lawyer Aaron Black

Don't waste time! The sooner you have a legal strategy planned, the easier it will be to drop or lower the severity of your charges. Your defense begins at the traffic stop. Certainly, contact me within 3 days of arrest.
Scottsdale DUI lawyer Aaron Black has handled a huge portfolio of DUI cases and will dedicate a substantial amount of time assisting you with any of your legal matters. He is considered one of the top  DUI lawyers in the Scottsdale area and is ready to help regardless of the situation.
Let Aaron Black do all the heavy lifting and provide you with the skilled and professional representation you deserve. Call us today at 480-729-1683 or contact us using our online form.


About the Author

Aaron Black Phoenix DUI LawyerAaron 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 defense matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes, and white-collar crime cases.

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 Attorney 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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