What Can An Attorney Do For Me In My Out-Of-State DUI Case?

Simply hiring an attorney does not guarantee that you’ll get off or that the case will be dismissed; that’s something of a misnomer to think that hiring the best attorney will get the case dismissed; it’s just not true. You hire an attorney for their experience to review police reports and to find and deal with any good legal or factual issues in the case that another attorney might miss, to make sure there was a reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle and to launch into a DUI investigation, probable cause to arrest, to make sure that the person’s constitutional rights were not violated, to make sure that there were no issues with the breath testing or the blood testing and to see if there are any good legal or factual issues that can help negotiate the case down to a different type of offense, maybe getting an extreme DUI down to a DUI or a DUI down to a reckless driving or even get the case dismissed.

You hire an attorney to be there to be there to answer your questions and hold your hand through this difficult process; when my clients hire me, they get a lot of extra benefits that many attorneys just don’t offer. My clients have my personal cellphone number, they can call or text me or email any questions that they might have; I also take care of the Motor Vehicle Division aspect of their case, I review the police reports and I have a former police officer review them, as well, to find police policy violations and I include retesting the blood for alcohol content if I think it’s in their best interest.

When all is said and done, if there is a DUI conviction, I include filing a motion to set aside the conviction.  What I offer my clients goes beyond what pretty much every other attorney in the state offers and, especially, at the prices that I charge, they get a tremendous value for their money. I show my client what I have saved them, and it’s often thousands of dollars.

What Might Happen If I Didn’t Hire A Good Attorney For My Out-of-state DUI Case?

You want to hire the right attorney. An excellent resource that I recommend to anyone in-state or out-of-state is a website called AVVO.com, which allows you to research attorneys to find the right one. There are a lot of attorneys who claim to be DUI lawyers, but when you really do your research, you find out they’re really any type of lawyer you want them to be, as long as you have the money. Having the right attorney can make all the difference; the case I had a few weeks ago with clients with a prior DUI out of New Hampshire, is a really good example; probably 90 percent of DUI attorneys would have simply noted that they had a prior in New Hampshire and they would have to deal with it. You need to find the right one; the one who knows to look at the evidence and be willing to fight and say that is not a prior because doesn’t translate to Arizona law.

In that client’s case, it was the difference between a four-month jail sentence and a two-day jail sentence in a plea deal, and possibly more, since that client was dealing with a super extreme DUI and the prosecutor was alleging a prior, which carries a minimum sentence of six months in jail. However, I was able to work everything out with the prosecutor and get a jail sentence of two days for a first-time extreme DUI rather than a super extreme DUI.

How Do I Know If My Attorney Can Handle An Out-of-state DUI Case?

I can handle it. As far as researching goes, it might be tough; if you plan to consult with some attorneys, bring up the fact that you have a prior DUI conviction from a different state and see how they react. If they say, “We’ll have to deal with that or the prosecutor will give us paperwork and if they can prove that you have a prior, then we’re going to have to deal with it as a second-time offense here in Arizona,” that kind of indicates that they don’t necessarily know what they are doing.

What someone who knows how to handle things should say is, “We will see if the prosecutor can disclose if they know about a prior conviction from that state, if they can disclose the paperwork and then we do research to find out if that out-of-state prior DUI conviction translates to an Arizona DUI conviction.” You can get a sense of whether the attorney knows what to do in handling an out-of-state prior or if they will simply take the default position that, “It probably can be used as a prior DUI conviction here, so let’s just assume that it is a prior DUI making this one a second-time offense”.

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18+ 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 focused on DUI Defense representation, having personally defended more than 4,100+ DUI clients in the past 18+ years.

If you’re looking for a divorce attorney, tax attorney, or civil attorney, then I can comfortably say: "I’m not the one for you".

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 that is what they think people want to hear. The truth of the matter is, being "aggressive" rarely gets the client anywhere in these court systems. Being "aggressive" isn’t the same as being good, and is often used to put on a show for a client to hide the fact that they aren’t doing anything meaningful for the client.

The same is true for the lawyers that claim to do DUI Defense... and Criminal Cases..., and Accident cases..., and Divorces. A Jack-of-all-Trades is a master of none. By handling all different 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.

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

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

I am one of the most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers in Arizona; have been recognized nationally, including in a 2022 issue of USA Today; and there are only a few lawyers in Arizona who have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. I am also one of the most reasonably-priced DUI Lawyers, as I pride myself on charging a Flat Rate only for the legal services you need, and not for the legal services you don’t.

I am also the lawyer who people call once they realize that their original lawyer screwed something up, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply just took their money and didn’t do much on the case. You would be surprised at how often this happens.

Save yourself the trouble of hiring the wrong lawyer, and hire the right DUI Defense Lawyer from the start.

You can reach me on my personal cell phone: 480-720-7839.

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