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In Arizona, Will You Face Additional Charges along with a DUI Charge?

Interviewer: What charges do you see that accompany DUI charges typically? Do you receive a traffic ticket usually with DUI, or do you get some other unusual charges with DUI?

Brian Sloan: It really depends on the officer. I see plenty of cases where the sole charge is DUI. I see other officers that decide to not be as nice and will add on speeding charges or cracked windshield charges or making a wild turn charges. Usually, some kind of traffic infraction is the reason for the stop.

Additional Charges Are up to the Discretion of the Arresting Officer

The reasonable officers will say, “I’m not going to charge any additional criminal or civil offense when I arrest them for DUI.” There are some officers that will basically throw in everything that they can think of. In a way, just to really punish the person and make it so that they have to deal with multiple, additional criminal or civil infractions along with their DUI charges.

Interviewer: Is there anything different you, as their attorney, you have to do when that happens? Or that doesn’t happen very often?

Brian Sloan: Usually I just make sure that those other criminal or civil charges are dismissed in exchange for whatever type of plea deal is negotiated. However, it does become a little bit more problematic when you go to trial because you are literally going to trial on all of those small civil infractions and criminal charges that the officer came up with.

A Conviction of Multiple Charges in Addition to DUI Will Lead to Increased Penalties

Those charges can lead to consequences. They can lead to more jail time and can lead to more civil penalties. They can also lead to more points on your driving record.

It really is unfair because, again, it’s completely up to the officer. The prosecutor can decide to leave those charges or can decide to dismiss them, but prosecutors seem to leave it up to the officers. Again, it comes down to two people there in the exact same situation. One of them is treated just as any other because one officer decided to use their discretion and tack on some additional charges.

How Will Your Attorney Fight Multiple Charges?

Interviewer: Do you find that additional charges help you or hurt you when negotiating with the prosecutor?

In Some Cases, Extra Charges Look Frivolous or Unnecessary to a Jury

Brian Sloan: I don’t think necessarily either. Sometimes they can be helpful if there’s a trial and I can comment to the jury, “This person was also charged with this offense, and that is what they are truly guilty of, not the DUI.” It can add to the credibility of the attorney arguing in front of a jury.

Your Attorney Will Not Be Able to Contest an Added Points to Your Driver’s License as That Is Determined by Motor Vehicles

Rarely have I had a client that actually get additional jail time or additional fine and fees because of those little add-on criminal and civil charges. What we have no control over is the points associated, which is solely up to the Motor Vehicle Commission.

An individual can lose their license for additional months, maybe even a year or two because of those added on charges that other officers won’t waste their time with.

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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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