Palestini Law – Don’t Be a Turkey

Thanksgiving 2023

According to most TV commercials, the holidays are a joyous time where friends and family gather to enjoy each other’s company, share meals and gifts, and smile happily into the camera while holding a product placement. In real life, we all know that the day before Thanksgiving should only be spent at a bar with everyone you know from college, that Thanksgiving Day just as well spent in front of the TV watching football, and that Black Friday is a 4 am shoving match at Costco just waiting to happen. If you can’t be holly and jolly from late November to early January, you can at least be the next best thing - prepared with legal knowledge and the number for a great local attorney!

Did no one else catch that pass interference that your overly-aggressive cousin Greg just dropped on the last play of your family Turkey Bowl? Well, keep in mind that before you seek street justice, that assault is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $2,500 or 6 months in jail. No one’s going to remember who won this game next year, but everyone will definitely remember why you missed the family Christmas photo.

Does your kid cousin have an absolute lock on the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games? You know, a casual 13-leg parlay that can turn $5 into $15,000? As smart as he may be, you’d have to be pretty dumb to place that bet for him, because contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Arizona will run you a Class 1 Misdemeanor, carrying costs of up to $2,500 and 6 months in jail. Better hope that bet hits!

Finally, no matter how bad the political talk from Uncle John or how bad the cooking by Aunt Shanna, leaving the festivities drunk is always worse. A first-time DUI in Arizona with a blood alcohol content of .08 will run you 10 days in jail, a $1,250 fine, and an ignition interlock device on your car that you have to pay for. Getting extra wild with the alcohol and hitting super extreme numbers? A blood alcohol content of .20 or higher will cost you a minimum of 45 days in jail! Trust me, one more bite of the driest potatoes on earth isn’t going to hurt you as much as a DUI charge will.

We here at Palestini Law wish you the happiest of holidays, but we’re also realistic. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the bird cage this weekend, give us a call as soon as possible! Remember to be safe and be smart, because the only turkey on Thanksgiving should be the one Aunt Shanna burned - not you.


Originally from Toronto, Canada, James Palestini relocated to Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Criminology from Arizona State University. James then attended law school at Phoenix School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. While pursuing his doctorate, James interned at a criminal defense firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. James handled a multitude of criminal cases there, including felony, misdemeanor and criminal traffic matters.