Arrested While Visiting Arizona?
Whether its for golf in the fall or winter, spring training baseball or hiking in the mountains, many people visit Arizona from all over the country. Unfortunately, Arizona has some of the toughest laws in the country when it comes to DUI enforcement, domestic violence or the use of illegal drugs or marijuana. As a result, people who decide to visit nightclubs in Scottsdale or Tempe, attend a sporting event such as a college bowl game or Arizona Cardinals football game or purchase drugs or marijuana often find themselves arrested, charged with a DUI or other criminal offense and required to appear in court after they are scheduled to return home. This causes a great deal of stress as most people cannot afford to travel back and forth or miss school or work to attend court appearances in Arizona.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense while vacationing in Arizona, an attorney can appear on your behalf at most city and justice courts. This includes entering a "not guilty" plea at your first court appearance, obtaining copies of police reports and blood or breath test results and taking necessary steps to protect your driver's license. Additionally, an attorney can attend follow up court hearings such as Pre-Trial Conferences, negotiate a resolution on your behalf and arrange to resolve your charges without you having to travel back and forth to Arizona. This can be done through entrance into a diversion program and completing classes in your home state or participating in a "telephonic plea proceeding" where you simply call into the court and your attorney appears personally before the judge.
I have represented many people over the last twenty years who were arrested for DUI or another criminal offense while vacationing or visiting Arizona. On most occasions, especially involving misdemeanor crimes, you will not be required to make unnecessary or expensive trips back to Arizona in order to appear in court. I will attend all court appearances, obtain all police reports and take whatever steps are necessary to secure the most favorable outcome in your case. Again, this can usually be accomplished without you being required to come back to Arizona solely for court.
Contact an Experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer Now: (480) 833-8613
If you live out of state and have been arrested or charged with a DUI or any type of criminal offense while visiting Arizona, contact my office immediately. I am a former police officer and former DUI and felony prosecutor and have been successfully defending people charged with DUI and other criminal charges for twenty years. I offer a free consultation, and am available at all hours.