If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, no matter if it is abmisdemeanor or felony, for alcohol or drugs, or with a breath or a blood test, you should hire an attorney who has significant experience in DUI cases.

Navigating Unknown DUI Issues

The stigma of the arrest by itself sends many clients into anxiety mode. The investigatory process may take months, sometimes up to a year; depositions of police officers, investigation into the forensics, and researching legal issues all while keeping you in the loop is part of this process.

The person you choose to represent you must know how to successfully navigate the perceived choppy waters based upon experience.

Finally, any potential sentence that could be imposed upon conviction may only be the beginning of the challenges you face; a DUI conviction on your record can affect your driving privileges both in Arizona and other states, may impact your job, and might impede you from traveling to certain countries.

What to Look for in a DUI Attorney

With a qualified and properly trained DUI attorney, help starts before you ever walk in the door. The DUI lawyer should have extensive years of DUI experience in Arizona, via DUI law, depositions of officers, DUI jury trials, DUI pre-trial hearings, and the science behind DUI.

The attorney should be trained thoroughly in DUI and involved in local and national affiliations to give their clients the edge.

The DUI lawyer should understand the science behind DUI cases, including the Standardized Field Tests, the HGN, the DRE and the studies that support (and mostly do not) the purported claims by the government.

Further, the DUI lawyer should know the intricacies of DUI blood and breath testing, what to look for when examining the accuracy and reliability of the machines, and how alcohol and drugs affect the human body.

This person should be able to review your case for legal problems, fight to preclude certain evidence from being admitted at trial, expose scientific shortcomings, and consult with and obtain expert witnesses to testify at trial.

You should only look for the best, and if your DUI lawyer isn’t up to par on these issues, you should think twice about retaining them.

An attorney with extensive DUI experience should “try” cases himself, not delegate that task to subordinates. Too much is at stake to play “hot potato” with your future. Your attorney should be able to examine both the scientific and legal aspects of your case and provide you with the best defense and advice available.

DUI cases are some of the most complex in the criminal justice system, and your case deserves the attention and guidance of someone who knows those complexities like the back of their hand.