Is Self-Representation a Viable Option to Defend a DUI Charge?

Interviewer: Now, what do you say to people when they think that they don’t need a lawyer and they want to defend themselves?

Brian Sloan: Attorneys are expensive. There’s a reason why attorneys are expensive. There’s a reason why attorneys have the education and go through so many years of college and law school and engage in fighting in front of the jury, fighting in front of a judge, making arguments, legal research and writing.

If You Cannot Afford a Private Attorney, a Public Defender Is a Better Option than Self-Representation

I never recommend someone represent themselves. I would much rather a person have a public defender representing them than the person try to represent themselves.

We have this legal system. It is very easy to get trapped in this legal system. It is very easy to get taken advantage of in this legal system. Public defenders, at the very least, have a legal background. They did go to law school. It is much better to have someone with legal knowledge on their side than for someone who does not have that legal background to try and represent themselves.

It Is Possible to Retain a Private Attorney Even If You Have Limited Means

Interviewer: Why would someone want to get a private attorney as opposed to a public defender?

Brian Sloan: There are actually a large number of good aspects to having a private attorney representation. The only downfall is really that it usually costs money. The way that I’ve set up my representation, I offer what I call bifurcate representation, and it really helps my clients out.

It makes my representation very affordable, and it ensures that my clients are not paying for representation they’re not getting.

With a private attorney, and I can say with me, my clients have my personal cell phone number. They can call and text and email me if they have any questions about anything. I have the legal background.

When Considering Legal Representation for a DUI Charge, It Is Advisable to Select an Attorney with a Strong Background in and a Practice That Focuses on DUI Defense

I’ve decided to focus on DUI representation, that’s all I do, so I haven’t bothered to practice in other areas of criminal law, in other areas of civil law, divorce, bankruptcy. I don’t deal with those. I simply focus on DUI cases.

What Are Your Attorneys Credentials? DUI Attorneys Are Recognized in Their Specific Field of Practice

When you are retaining me, you know you’re getting someone who is really above and beyond in their fields. I teach at three seminars a year. I’ve won multiple awards. I was on the cover of Attorney At Law Magazine in August of 2013. You know what you’re getting when you hire me.

Interviewer: What do you discuss in your seminars? What are some of the topics that you’re talking about? Who are the people that are at your seminars?

Brian Sloan: I’ve taught at the APDA, which is the Arizona Public Defenders Association. I’ve talked at a seminar called Speed DUI. I’ve talked at a seminar put on by the National Academy of DUI Defense Lawyers.

Out of the Box DUI Representation

The last group of speaking engagements that I’ve done have talked about “Outside the Box DUI Representation,” which is what can we do that really hasn’t been thought of before? We should stop doing the same things that aren’t working. Let’s be creative, let’s come up with new ways that we can try to convince the jury that our clients are innocent. Let’s look at things from a different angle. It’s been successful.

I teach private attorneys. I teach public defenders. People pay to come to these seminars. It can really help out the clients when we all get together and share our stories and share what works. I’ve tried to teach at these seminars what we can do that can impact a jury’s verdict and that can help our clients.

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Why Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?


18+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


4,100+ DUIs Successfully Defended

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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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