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- Arizona Has Some Of The Toughest DUI And Criminal Laws In The Country

Criminal Defense F.A.Qs in Arizona you need to Know!

Do I really need to hire an attorney for my criminal charges?

Yes. Arizona has some of the toughest DUI and criminal laws in the country. It is extremely crucial that in the least you consult an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible to discuss your charges and the need for a defense.

What type of Attorney should I hire to defend my criminal charges?

If your charges are in Arizona, you need to hire a Criminal Defense Attorney or Arizona DUI Attorney. DUI attorneys are all Criminal Defense Attorneys. It is extremely important that you hire a Criminal Defense or DUI Defense attorney rather than a “general practice” or another type of attorney to defend our criminal charges. The criminal and DUI laws change often, and radically. It is important that the attorney you hire defends such cases on a daily base; understands the current laws; is familiar with the court systems, protocols, judges, prosecution and most important criminal and DUI defense strategies and methodologies to represent you.

I used to live in another state and there is a Criminal Defense Attorney I know there. Can they represent me for my criminal charges in Arizona?

Attorneys need to be licensed in a particular state in order practice there or represent a client in another state. Even if they are licensed to practice in Arizona as well as the other state for which they reside and practice, proceed with caution. You need to make sure they are familiar and up to date with current legislation, case laws, court systems, defense strategies, and protocol. Also, knowing the judges, prosecution, and procedures, management in the prosecution, and the like has proven to make for more favorable outcomes in defending clients with the jurisdiction for which the defense attorney practices on daily basis.

Should I just plead “guilty” in my criminal or DUI charges?

Many individuals do not realize that you can fight your criminal charges. You are innocent until and only if you are proven guilty. The answer is No. Contact an Arizona Defense Attorney as soon as possible. If retained they will file a “not–guilty” plea on your behalf, notice of defenses, and notice of representation by an attorney with the Court. Many cases can be defended successfully, get at least some of the evidence suppressed or ultimately get your charges dismissed completely. It is very dangerous to go at it alone without legal defense representation. Your chances of a favorable outcome increase tremendously with the help of an experienced Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney.

What should I do if I am arrested for a crime?

If you are arrested for a crime, immediately request consultation and retention of an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney. You have the constitutional right to remain silent. Use it! Be as calm and cooperative as possible. However, request to speak with your defense attorney before answering any questions. If you do not do this, you may say the wrong thing, and every word used can be held against you. They are not only taking note of answers but consistency in your answers. Don’t take the chance; it may affect the outcome of your case, once you do retain legal representation. The first thing you should do is contact the Law Office of Robert P Jarvis for skilled assistance in your criminal case. They can advise you how to proceed and will be with you during the questioning process.

What if I am under investigation for a criminal offense?

When under investigation, in almost all cases, you will soon be arrested or a warrant will be put out for your arrest. Contact your defense attorney, as soon you realize you are under investigation for any Arizona criminal offense.

What are Miranda Rights and why are they important?

Following an arrest, you will be cuffed and read your “Miranda Rights”, as follows: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney present before any questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you before any questioning. Do you understand these rights?” The officer has already made his decision. Your words after that can only hurt you. Utilize this right, and remain silent. Simply say that you wish to speak to your defense attorney with privacy. Note: If the questioning continues, after you have requested to remain silent and consult your attorney, the case becomes subject to a Motion to Dismiss for Right to Counsel Violation, or in the least, a motion can be filed to suppress all evidence obtained after the violation occurred.

What happens after I am cuffed, read my Miranda rights and taken to jail?

Within the next 24 hours, you will appear before the Judge or Judge Magistrate who may issue a warrant if necessary and set a bond for appearance in court. If you cannot post bond, you may be incarcerated pending an appearance in court. Depending on your charges, if you qualify for release with bond, and can post it, you will remain free pending your appearance at what is called an arraignment. The arraignment is held before a judge who formally tells you the offense for which you are being charged. The judge will then inform you of your constitutional rights and of the possible penalties involved. You will enter a plea of guilty or not–guilty at this time, the bond or bail may be reviewed, and a date for the next hearing is scheduled.
Note: It is important that you contact the Law Office of Robert P Jarvis, either as soon as you have been arrested, or after your initial release prior to your arraignment. He will take over from there, make sure your constitutional rights have not been violated, handle the arraignment, enter a “not–guilty” plea on your behalf, file notice of defenses, and notice of his representation of you as counsel. He will walk you through the rest from there, and immediately begin mounting an aggressive defense on your behalf.

Is it expensive to hire a criminal defense lawyer?

Many law firms charge different rates for different reasons. Some large law firms charge extremely high rates for the defense of criminal cases. These firms have big overheads, large premises, increased staff, high advertisement costs for T.V., Radio, billboards, magazines, newspaper, internet paid advertisement and sponsored listings, and other marketing needs. All of this converts to higher fees for your case. On top of it, your case is often handled by inexperienced attorneys or even staff.  Many times, you do not even meet “your” attorney until your first court appearance is required.  The Law Office of Robert P Jarvis is independently and privately owned and makes every effort to charge very reasonable fees and will make every effort to find a reasonable payment option for your case. The Law Office of Robert P Jarvis guarantees that your case will be handled in a professional manner and at an affordable price. They charge only flat affordable fees so that you are not surprised with an expensive lawyer bill later down the road. When dealing with the Law Office of Robert P Jarvis, you know what you are getting every time. You will find their fees to be some of the most competitive and affordable in the valley.

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