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Your DUI Charge: Are You Eligible for a Bond?

Interviewer: Will bail ever be set, if a person is arrested and put in jail?

Brian Sloan: Yes. Under Arizona law, just about everyone is entitled to a bond. There are only a few exceptions in Arizona where someone is not allowed to be bonded out or provide a bond. If someone is an illegal immigrant charged with a class I, II or III or certain class IV felonies, they can be held non-bondable.

If someone has committed a sex crime or a murder, I want to say, they can, technically, be held non-bondable. Of course, there’s no proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a person who is suspected of committing these crimes is guilty of these crimes but the burden is proof evident or presumption great that these people committed these offenses.

There are also certain people, if they were released on some other felony offense, and are alleged to have committed a new felony offense, they are to be held non-bondable, on the new felony offense.

Most DUI Charges Are Misdemeanors and Might Not Require a Bond

Almost everyone charged with a misdemeanor is eligible for a bond but will not have a bond. If they do have a bond, it usually may be only a few hundred dollars. I rarely have seen anything more than two thousand dollars.

The only real reason to put a bond on someone is if they have previous failure to appears’ or if they’ve done something during the arrest that gives the impression that they’re going to run away or be a danger to society.

That’s really what a bond is supposed to be, to ensure that someone shows up to the court appearance or because there’s some concern that they are a threat or menace to society.

Felony DUI Charges Will Incur Higher Bonds

With felony DUIs, it’s kind of a 50/50 split whether or not a bond will be issued. Half the people get released on their own recognizance or they get released to Pretrial Services, which basically means they just need to keep in contact with the Pretrial Services officer, which is a division of the Probation Department.

Other people do get bonds, for whatever reason, and usually those are in $1200 to $2500 range. I did have one client who had a $100,000 bond for no apparent reason. I still have no idea why the judge did that but the judge did.

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19+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


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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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