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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 DUI Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?


19+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


4,200+ DUIs Successfully Defended

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  • Only DUI "Power Lawyer" in the Nation Featured in USA Today, 2022

  • Top 10 in Arizona

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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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