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The “I’m a Good Person, Why Is the State Spending Money to Prosecute Me” Viewpoint: Will That Help Get Your DUI Charge Reduced or Dismissed?

Interviewer: Here’s another question you may have been asked before. How often do you get people who say, “I’m truly a good person. The state’s going to spend all this money pursuing me. Why don’t they just leave me alone? Can I go before the judge and tell the judge that I’m a good person and I do this, that, and the other. Maybe that’ll help my case reduced or dismissed.” Do the courts really care about that aspect?

Brian: Unfortunately, these usually are not considerations that are taken by the state, or by the county or the city. I used to hear it all the time, that if I go in to prison I won’t be able to work and my family will have to be on welfare, and this isn’t worth it to the county. Not only are they spending money to prosecute me and to try and put me in jail but the end result will be they’re going to have to pay welfare for my family.

The fact of the matter is, the county doesn’t care. They are not going to dismiss a case because of what kind of person you are. They’re not going to dismiss a case because of the amount of money that it will take. They have taken cases to trial that were not very strong. If the jury comes back hung, in that the jury can’t find the person guilty but maybe there’s one holdout or two holdouts that say, we think he’s guilty even though everyone else thinks he’s not guilty, the prosecutor WILL go to trial again.

They’ll spend additional days, they’ll take officers off of the street to come in to testify, and they’ll spend additional money and resources to try the case again. They really are not willing to just give up. They are going to fight all the way.

As far as personal attributes, whether someone is a good person, whether he or she is a volunteer at homeless shelters, sometimes that can be used in the defense. I like to get that information from my clients, but it’s more used as “the cherry on top.” If I’m able to convince the prosecutor that there are other legal or factual deficiencies in the case, I like to also be able to include that my client goes to church on Sunday, that they take care of their grandmother, they volunteer at homeless shelters, just to hopefully be that cherry on top just in case the prosecutor’s on the fence.

But in and of itself, just because a person is a good person does not mean that their case is just going to be dismissed, or put to the side, or that they’re going to be treated any differently than any other person including the bad person, such as the gang member.

This is especially true in Arizona; people are treated equally. They are going to go after that gang member the same way that they are going to go after the priest. I think it was about a decade ago where literally they went after a priest who was charged with hitting and either severely injuring or killing someone that was crossing the street. They didn’t give that priest any real benefit of the doubt; and they went and prosecuted that person.

In Arizona, Expect the Seriousness of the Offense to Be Fully Prosecuted

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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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