It's usually when I'm on a treadmill or a stationary bike, trying
to kill the time until the second I'm done, when I actually take notice
of televisions commercials for Phoenix attorneys. What always stands out
to me, is the number of law firms that say they practice
criminal defense and DUI defense (not to mention personal injury, bankruptcy, and other
areas of law that make them a jack of all trades but master of none).
What many people just don't understand, is that criminal defense attorneys
and DUI attorneys are like apples and oranges.
Fruit Is Fruit, or Is It?
Admittedly, there are a few very general similarities between criminal
defense and DUI. But that's like saying apples and oranges are both
fruits, so what's the difference? I'll explain those differences
in a second, but here are some similarities:
- Both are governed by the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure
- The 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution apply
- Both can require incarceration upon conviction
Apples and Oranges
Criminal defense and DUI are vastly different disciplines. As you just
read, the similarities are superficial, while the differences in the details
between the two make all the difference in selecting a criminal defense
attorney to represent you on serious felony charges. Some of those differences include:
- Most DUI's are misdemeanors punishable by no more than 6 months in
the county jail
Most serious criminal defense cases are felonies - punishable by lengthy
prison sentences -- Examples include
white collar crimes,
drug trafficking, and violent crimes such as
murder, and manslaughter
- While expert testimony in DUI cases is usually limited to toxicology, expert
testimony in serious felony cases often involves ballistics, crime scene
reconstruction, forensic accounting, and other complex areas of science.
- Most DUI trials last no more than a day or two, while serious felony trials
can last weeks or even months
Get the Legal Help You Need
If you or someone you know is charged with a serious felony offense, get
the help you need. For over 20 years I have been practicing law and am
regarded as one of Phoenix's top criminal defense attorneys. If you
need a DUI attorney, I will gladly refer you to someone very capable,
but it's not an area of law that I practice. In cases of a
vehicular manslaughter involving alcohol or drugs, I will work with lawyers who specialize in
the toxicology aspects of the case, but will still serve as the lead attorney
on your case.
Enough about me. This is about you. You are reading this because you need
an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, not
a DUI attorney, to help you with serious felony charges. We can make that happen.
Take the first step and call me today at (602) 663-9100 to schedule a comprehensive and confidential consultation.