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Minor Drivers and Injuries Resulting from DUIs

Interviewer: What if that person is a minor? Does that make a difference?

Arizona Will Try Cases Involving Minors in Juvenile Court

Brian Sloan: It can make a difference. We do have juvenile courts. A lot of times if the injury is bad enough, the prosecutors will attempt to have the minor charged as an adult. Minors are treated differently in the system.

One, they’re treated in the juvenile system; two, they’re treated different in that they’re not supposed to have any alcohol in their system, so they’re not necessarily held to the adult standards of having a blood alcohol level of .08.

A juvenile with a DUI charge is going to have to deal with license suspension issues different than an adult with a DUI charge. A juvenile with a DUI charge will lose their license for, I believe, at least two years if they are convicted.

If the Client Is Only 21 or 22 Years Old and His or Her Parents Are Paying the Attorney, Does the Attorney Represent the Interests of the Parents or the Young Adult?

Interviewer: Let’s say there’s a young college student, 21, 22 gets a DWI or DUI, would you be willing to work with their parents if their parents are insistent on working on the case with you?

Brian Sloan: I work with a lot of ASU students. There are many youths that make mistakes, when they are only college-age. They’re out experimenting, they’re away from their parents and they’re away from their home state. Sometimes they get in trouble, they make a mistake, they drive drunk, or they drive after using prescription medications or illegal substances. Parents want to be involved and they want to help their children out because they are worried about their children.

If I am hired to represent someone, that is the person that I’m representing, regardless of who is paying me. Sometimes there will be a situation where the parents are paying my bills but I’m representing their son.

Young Adults Are Not Required to Divulge Details of the Arrest to Their Parents

My loyalty is to their son. If the son decides that he doesn’t want his parents to be involved or to know what’s in the police report or what’s going on with the case, my obligation is to represent the son and abide by his wishes.

There are some parents that want to get involved. It is really up to my client to decide what their level of involvement is. I have no problem talking to parents if that’s okay with my client.

The Attorney’s Loyalty Is Always to His or Her Client, Not to the Person Paying the Fee

If my client gives me permission to disclose things to the parents, that’s perfectly fine. I make it perfectly clear to the parents or whoever is paying the bills that my loyalty is towards the client, regardless if they are the ones that are paying the bills.

Most of the time they can be very helpful and it is nice to see parents that care about their children and want to see what’s best for them. I have seen some parents that in my opinion overreact and want to basically take their children out of school and bring them back to their home state when it really isn’t necessary.

I’ve seen that happen a few times. People make mistakes. They can overcome that. This doesn’t need to destroy their lives. Very rarely does anything happen that would destroy their lives until you’re talking about multiple felonies.

It Is Important to Remember That with the Right Legal Representation, the Consequences of a DUI Conviction Can Be Overcome and One’s Life Need Not Dramatically Change        

People will overcome a DUI charge. People will overcome a DUI conviction. Their lives are not ruined. Their lives do not need to dramatically change. It’s unfortunate that some parents feel that way. It’s really unfortunate that some lawyers try to put that fear in them, that if you don’t hire me, your life is over, because it’s just not true.

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Why DUI Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?


19+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


4,200+ DUIs Successfully Defended

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  • Only DUI "Power Lawyer" in the Nation Featured in USA Today, 2022

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“I am one of only a handful of Phoenix DUI Lawyers that focuses solely on DUI Defense representation.”

I have spent my entire career SOLELY focused on Arizona DUI Defense Representation, having personally defended more than 4,400 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) clients in the past 19+ years.

If you’re looking for a Divorce Attorney, Tax Attorney, Civil Attorney, etc., I can comfortably say, "I’m not the one for you." I ONLY defend DUI cases in most of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Coming up with traditional, as well as outside-the-box motions and defenses for my clients, often with good results, is the hallmark of my practice.

Lawyers that say they are "aggressive" or "will fight for you" are a dime a dozen. They use these phrases because it is a proven advertising phrase. Being "aggressive" isn’t the same as being good, and is often used to put on a show to hide the fact that they aren’t doing anything meaningful for the client.

The same is true for the Lawyers claiming to do DUI Defense, and Criminal Cases, and Accident Cases, and Divorces, etc. A Jack-of-all-Trades is a master of none! By handling all sorts of cases, they take away from their ability to truly focus on DUIs, and keep up-to-date on the latest changes in DUI Defense Representation.

What I offer is intelligent, quality DUI Defense at an exceptional price. Unlike many other law firms, if you hire The Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan, you actually get me representing you, doing all the work, and working the case. You aren’t hiring one guy with all the experience, but getting the underling with very little knowledge or experience.

I work seven days a week on my client’s cases, and spend hours laying all my thoughts out for my clients in writing, so they can understand their options, and my recommendations. No other DUI Lawyer in the state does this. I try to do what I can to go above-and-beyond for my clients. I hate when the businesses I deal with nickel-and-dime me with hidden costs, and I take pride in not doing that to my clients.

I have not only taught other lawyers how to do DUI Defense Representation at statewide seminars, but I have produced DUI Legal Guides used by defense lawyers across Arizona.

I am one of Arizona's most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers, as well as being recognized nationally. I was the only DUI Defense Lawyer in the United States named a "Power Lawyer" in a 2022 issue of USA Today

There are no other private Lawyers in Arizona that have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. And as a bonus, I offer a very reasonable flat rate for my legal services, with a payment plan, and without any hidden charges. This guarantees that I offer some of the most competitive rates among all Arizona DUI Attorneys, while being a well-documented and preeminent leader in the field of DUI Defense Representation.

Over the years, countless people have come to me after discovering that their first lawyer made a mistake, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply took their money and didn't do much to advance their case. And you would be surprised at how often this happens.

So, instead of wasting time and money on the wrong DUI Defense Attorney, do yourself a favor and get the proven and well-recognized best DUI Lawyer in Phoenix and the surrounding areas of Maricopa County.

You can reach me on my personal cell phone at 480-720-7839 for a Free ‘In Depth’ Consultation.

I personally defend DUI cases in urban Maricopa County City, Town, and Justice Courts, including:

Ahwatukee / Agua Fria / Arcadia Biltmore / Avondale / Buckeye / Chandler / Country Meadows / Desert Ridge / Dreamy Draw / Downtown / East Mesa / El Centro / Encanto / Gilbert / Glendale / Goodyear / Guadalupe / Highland / Kyrene / Litchfield Park / Maryvale / McDowell Mountain / Mesa / Moon Valley / North Mesa / Peoria / Phoenix / Queen Creek / San Marcos / San Tan / South Mountain / Scottsdale / Tempe / University Lakes / West McDowell / West Mesa / White Tank

For any other Courts in the State of Arizona, including Felony cases, I would recommend my associates on The Arizona DUI Team, whom I work closely with, but I am not the one personally representing the client.

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