St. Patrick’s Day is one of the top five DUI enforcement days of the year!

by Aaron Black • March 08, 2018
St. Patrick's Day 2018St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th which falls on a Saturday this year. The holiday often includes celebrating with corned beef and cabbage and free-flowing green beer. Don’t let your luck over the holiday be taken away by drinking and driving.

As you know, Arizona has some of the harshest penalties for drinking and driving in the nation, and DUI patrols will be in full swing. Along with Memorial Day, the 4th of July, Cinco De Mayo and New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the top five DUI enforcement days of the year.

In 2017 law enforcement made 9,814 total traffic stops over St. Patrick’s Day last year leading to 509 arrests for drinking and driving.

I encourage you to plan a head and utilize a ride-sharing program such as Uber or Lyft. Better yet get a designated driver. Even a first time DUI offense can land you in jail and cost you a great deal of money in fines.

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

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fine:
$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 up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)

What should I do if I get pulled over under suspicion of drinking & driving?

  • 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.

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As a leading DUI defense attorney in Phoenix, my focus is only on defending individuals charged with serious crimes such as a DUI which carries life-altering punishments and ramifications.

Personally defending clients in all Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts in Phoenix and surrounding Arizona cities, when your freedom is at risk, I will "Deliver Justice and Defend Your Freedom.”

When your freedom is at risk, contact Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Black 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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