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Biographical Information

Aaron was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Brophy College Preparatory. After graduating from Brophy he attended The University of Arizona where he majored in Political Science.

While in college, Aaron was a player and the president of Arizona Rugby Football Club. Upon graduating from college Aaron decided to pursue a Law Degree. He followed a long family tradition and attended the University of South Dakota where he focused his studies on becoming a DUI Defense Lawyer. While obtaining a very fine education he spent time on the South Dakota family farm hunting and fishing.

After passing both the Arizona and South Dakota Bar Exams Aaron was quickly employed by the Office of the Maricopa County Public Defender. As a Deputy Public Defender he defended hundreds of individuals charged with serious felony offenses including Drug, Conspiracy, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated DUI, Manslaughter, Murder, Money Laundering and almost every other crime in Arizona. This is where he honed his skills as a Lawyer.

Aaron spent countless hours in the courtroom, argued over 50 trials, and became an extremely experienced litigator. Aaron’s trial experience sharpened his litigation skills giving him invaluable insight into the legal system and making him one of the premier Lawyers in Phoenix Arizona.

Currently, Aaron is in private practice as a Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyer. His practice is limited Criminal Defense and DUI Defense in all Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. In addition, Aaron places an emphasis on DUI Defense and defending DUI related crimes such as vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault.

Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

2006 – State Bar of Arizona

2007 – State Bar of South Dakota

Education

1999 – Brophy College Preparatory

2003 – University of Arizona

2006 – South Dakota School of Law

Honors & Awards

Aaron Black is a distinguished and highly respected Phoenix Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyer.

  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense recognized Aaron Black as one of the Top DUI Defense Lawyers in Arizona for 2014!
  • The 2012 and 2013 Southwest Super Lawyer Magazine named Aaron a Rising Star in Criminal: DUI Defense. Super Lawyer Rising Stars are nominated by their peers, and consist of no more than the top 2.5% of lawyers in their field of law under the age of 40 in Arizona and New Mexico.
  • In 2014 and 2015 Southwest Super Lawyer Magazine named Aaron a Super Lawyer in Criminal: DUI Defense. Super Lawyers. Very few lawyers in the Phoenix area achieve such status during their career.
  • North Valley Magazine rated Aaron as one of the Top Valley DUI Lawyers in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
  • AVVO.com rates Aaron as a Superb 10.0 Lawyer. Read his Clients’ Raving Reviews!
  • Aaron is rated by Martindale-Hubbel as an AV – Preeminent Lawyer; the highest level of professional excellence.
  • In 2013 and 2014 Aaron was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers and awarded the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” due to his litigation skills. “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” is an invite only Membership offered to the most qualified attorneys in each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of reputation, influence, stature and public profile.
  • The National Trial Lawyers also distinguished Aaron as a “Top 40 under 40″ criminal defense lawyer due to his superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under 40 in both 2013 and 2014.

Professional Associations

Aaron is licensed to practice Criminal and DUI Defense in the states of Arizona and South Dakota. He is a proud member of:

  • The State Bar of Arizona
  • The State Bar of South Dakota
  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice – Board of Governors
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 2012 Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star, Criminal Defense: DUI
  • 2013 Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star, Criminal Defense: DUI
  • 2014 Southwest Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense:DUI
  • 2015 Southwest Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense DUI
  • AVVO Rating 10/10 Superb Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Lawyer

Verdicts & Settlements

DUI Drugs (Tempe) – Dismissed in Full – 3/20/3015
Super Extreme DUI .219 with Accident (Scottsdale) – Reduced to Extreme DUI – 3/20/2015
Extreme DUI .171 (Litchfield Park) – Reduced to Regular DUI and No Jail – 3/4/2015
Minor in Possession/Underage Consumption (University Lakes Justice Court) – Diversion Granted – 3/3/2015
DUI .098 (West Mesa Justice Court) – Reduced to Reckless Driving and No Jail – 2/17/2015
Failure To Obey An Officer (Phoenix) – Dismissed at Trial – 2/12/2015
Assault (Phoenix) – Not Guilty at Trial – 2/10/2015
Drug DUI (Tempe) – Reduced to Reckless Driving and No Jail – 1/29/2015
Implied Consent 1 Year Suspension (Gilbert) – Voided after MVD Hearing – 1/28/2015
DUI .083 with an Accident (Moon Valley Justice Court) – Reduced to Reckless Driving – 1/9/2015
Implied Consent 1 Year Suspension (Scottsdale) – Voided after MVD Hearing – 1/8/2015
DUI .124 (Chandler) – Reduced to Reckless Driving and No Jail – 1/7/2015
Assault – Domestic Violence (Chandler) – Dismissed Prior to Trial – 12/17/2014
Telephonic Threat of Harm (Phoenix) – Reduced to Diversion – 12/15/2014
2nd Time Super Extreme DUI .205 – Reduced to 1st Time Extreme DUI (Scottsdale) – 12/3/2014
Barking Dog (Phoenix) – Dismissed day of trial with nine witnesses in court ready to testify against the defense – 12/2/2014
DUI (Chandler) – Dismissed in Full – 12/2/2014
Solicitation of Prostitute with Undercover Police (Phoenix) – Dismissed in Full – 11/21/2014
DUI Slightest Degree and DUI .08 (Phoenix) – Dismissed in Full – 11/18/2014
Extreme DUI .188 (Mesa) – Reduced to Regular DUI – 11/13/204
Extreme DUI .157 (Scottsdale) – Reduced to Regular DUI and NO JAIL – 11/5/2014
DUI .101 (University Lakes Justice Court) – Reduced to Reckless Driving – 10/23/2014
Extreme DUI .175 with Accident and Leaving the Scene (Gilbert) – Reduced to Reckless Driving due to Illegal Search and Seizure Issues – 10/9/2014
Extreme DUI .180 with Accident (East Mesa Justice Court) – Reduced to Regular DUI due to Blood Issues – 10/9/2014
Super Extreme DUI .249 with Rollover Accident (Phoenix) – Reduced to Extreme DUI on the Day of Jury Trial – 10/8/2014
Extreme DUI .189 (Kyrene Justice Court) – Reduced to Regular DUI – 9/15/2014
DUI .104 (North Mesa Justice Court) – Reduced to Reckless Driving – 9/10/2014
MVD 1 Year Suspension Voided For Refusing To Give Blood During A DUI Investigation – 8/29/14
Aggressive Driving and Reckless Driving (Kyrene Justice Court) – Dismissed in full by Prosecution – 8/27/2016
Extreme DUI .189 Actual Physical Control (Chandler) – Dismissed in full by Prosecution after Witness Interviews – 8/26/2014
DUI .081 (North Mesa Justice Court) – Reduced to Reckless Driving, No Jail, No Alcohol Classes – 8/13/2014
Assault & Disorderly Conduct – Fighting (Scottsdale) – Reduced to Diversion – 8/12/2014
DUI .142 (Gilbert) – Reduced to Reckless Driving – 8/4/2014
Super Extreme DUI .265 – Actual Physical Control – Sleeping in Running Car (Phoenix) – Case Dismissed – 7/22/2014
CDL DUI (Phoenix) – Dismissed day of Jury Trial – 7/21/2014
Solicitation of a Prostitute with Undercover Police (Phoenix) – Not Guilty – 7/17/2014
Super Extreme DUI .228 Actual Physical Control (Scottsdale) – Dismissed day of Jury Trial – 7/17/2014
Super Extreme DUI .210 with Accident (Scottsdale) – Reduce to Extreme DUI – 6/25/2014
Super Extreme DUI.217 (West Mesa Justice Court) – Reduced to .08 DUI – 6/25/2014
Extreme DUI .186/.190 (North Mesa Justice Court) – Not Guilty of Extreme DUI – 6/20/2014
Assault – Bar Fight (Phoenix) Self Defense – Not Guilty – 6/19/2014
DUI .115 (Guadalupe Municipal Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving – 6/19/2014
Assault Domestic Violence (Phoenix) Dismissed Day of Trial – 6/3/2014
MVD DUI Suspension Voided – 5/28/2014
MVD DUI Suspension Voided – 5/27/2014
Super Extreme DUI .229 (Gilbert) – Hung Jury – 5/14/2014
DUI .087 and 14 additional charges (Scottsdale) Reduced to Reckless Driving – 5/12/2014
MVD DUI Suspension Voided – 4/29/2014
MVD DUI Suspension Voided – 4/28/2014
Felony Aggravated DUI (Maricopa County Superior Court) Reduced to Endangerment/Misdemeanor DUI – 4/17/2014
DUI .086 Dismissed Day of Trial (Phoenix) – 4/15/2014
DUI Dismissed (Gilbert Municipal Court) Pled to Civil Citation – 4/4/2014
Felony Aggravated DUI (3rd DUI) Reduced to Misdemeanor – Maricopa County Superior Court 4/1/2014
Extreme DUI .189 (Chandler) Reduced to Regular DUI and NO JAIL 2/28/2014
Running a Red Light and Causing Serious Physical Injury (Phoenix) Not Guilty 2/27/2014
DUI .086 (Scottsdale) Reduced to Reckless Driving 1/24/2014
Clearance of Arrest Record (Maricopa County Superior Court) Granted 1/23/2014
DUI Drugs (Peoria Municipal Court) Reduced to reckless Driving 1/21/2014
DUI .091 (West Mesa Justice Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving 1/21/2014
Conspiracy to Sell Marijuana a Class 2 Felony (Maricopa County Superior Court) Reduced to Diversion 1/17/2014
DUI .093 (West Mesa Justice Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving 1/14/2014
Super Extreme DUI .243 (Scottsdale) Reduced to Extreme DUI day of trial 1/8/2014
DUI Impaired to Slightest Degree (Tempe) Reduced to Civil Citation 11/25/2013
Extreme DUI .175 with Accident (Agua Fria Justice Court) Dismissed 11/22/2013
Reckless Driving (McDowell Mountain Justice Court) Reduced to Civil Improper Lane Change 11/20/2013
Extreme DUI .177 with Accident (East Mesa Justice Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving 11/14/2013
Minor in Consumption (Scottsdale) Diversion 10/31/2013
Super Extreme DUI (West Mesa Justice Court) Reduced to Extreme DUI 9/10/13
False Reporting to an Officer (Phoenix) Dismissed day of Trial 8/31/2013
DUI .139 (University Lakes Justice Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving and Underage Driving with Alcohol
DUI Drugs (Fountain Hills) Reduced to Reckless Driving 7/11/2013
Criminal Damage (Phoenix) Not Guilty 7/2/2013
DUI .211 (West Mesa Justice Court) Dismissed in Full – Illegal Stop 6/25/2013
Failure to Maintain A Single Lane (Scottsdale) Found Not Responsible 5/22/2013
Trespass (Phoenix) Dismissed on Defense Motion 5/20/2013
Serving Liquor Without a License (Phoenix) Not Guilty 5/7/2013
DUI .258 (Phoenix) Dismissed Day of Jury Trial 4/24/2013
DUI Drugs (Scottsdale) Dismissed 3/12/2013
Threatening and Intimidating Police (Phoenix) Not Guilty 2/12/2013
Burglary & Theft (Maricopa County Superior Court) Dismissed 2/7/2013
DUI Drugs (North Mesa Justice Court) Dismissed 1/30/2013
DUI Drugs (West McDowell Justice Court) Reduced to Reckless Driving 1/17/2013
DUI Drugs (Scottsdale) Dismissed 1/4/2013
DUI (Tempe) Reduced to Civil Citation 12/27/2012
False Reporting to a Police Officer (Phoenix) Not Guilty 12/20/2012
Assault (Phoenix) Not Guilty 12/18/2012
DUI (Arrowhead Justice Court) Reduced to Civil Citation 12/10/12
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Phoenix) Not Guilty 12/6/2012
Attempted Theft (Phoenix) Not Guilty Jury Trial 10/26/2012
DUI .119 (Desert Ridge Justice Court) reduced to Reckless Driving 10/17/2012
Class 3 Felony Burglary (Maricopa County) Reduced to Misdemeanor Trespass 8/16/2012
DUI (Phoenix) Not Guilty DUI Impairment, Hung Jury on .15 BAC 7/20/2012
DUI (Phoenix) Dismissed Day of Trial 7/5/2012
DUI (Scottsdale) Reduced to Reckless Driving 5/22/2012
DUI (Scottsdale) Case Dismissed 2/15/2012
Assault (Phoenix) Trial Not Guilty 2/14/2012
Assault Domestic Violence (Phoenix) Dismissed 1/12/2012
Driving on Suspended License (Tempe) Dismissed 1/10/2012
DUI (Phoenix) Case Dismissed 1/10/2012
Fraud Schemes (Maricopa County) Mistrial Granted 12/8/2011

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Sentencing Speed DUI XXVII –  2015
  • Law Practice Management Phoenix  Organizations (city) – 2013
  • How to Run A Successful Law Practice – Arizona Summit Law School 2013
  • Felony DUI: Challenging Notice  – ASU DUI Seminar XXVI 2012
  • SB 1200 and a lot of other legislation for 2012: A lot of changes? Depends on what coatroom you’re in: Phoenix  – 25th Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired Driver 2012
  • An Early Kick Between the Legs: Grand Jury Remands – Arizona Public Defender Association 2011
  • Effective Closing Arguments for DUI Cases Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office – Vehicular Meeting 2010
  • Defending a DUI Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office – RCC 2010

Publications

Stopped For A DUI?  – Mainstream Magazine 2013
Is it Possible to get a DUI while sleeping in your car?  – aaronblacklaw.com 2012
Just got pulled over. Officer Thinks I may have been drinking. What do I do? aaronblacklaw.com 2012

Service Activities

Unlike many other Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorneys, Aaron defends a limited number of clients at a given time. This allows him to provide the personalized service expected of an Attorney. He does not employ “associates” or law clerks. When Aaron is defending your liberty you will work only with him.

As a client, you will have direct personal cell phone access to Aaron twenty-four hours a day. Unlike large firms that want as many cases as possible, by defending a limited number of individuals you will get the personalized service you deserve.

Aaron will handle every aspect of your Criminal or DUI case, personally meet with you, and discuss your options so you can make informed decisions. The criminal justice system can be scary and confusing. With Aaron you will always have direct access to him to discuss any concern.

Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black’s philosophy and reputation is to vigorously fight your Criminal case every step of the way. He is prepared for trial on every Criminal and DUI case. Though most Criminal and DUI cases resolve short of trial, favorable outcomes are often obtained through intensive pretrial investigations. Aaron will never recommend a guilty plea unless there is a substantial benefit to you that could not be gained any other way.