Glendale AZ DUI & Criminal Lawyer | 45 Years Experience

Being arrested for a Glendale Az DUI means you are no longer in control of your life

You may be ordered to:

  • Stop driving
  • Attend numerous court and counseling sessions, thus jeopardizing your job
  • Serve jail time
  • Drive only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for years.

Since 1979 I have helped over 5000 clients take back control of their lives

  • I prevent the immediate suspension of my client’s driver’s license
  • I limit their appearances for court and counseling
  • I use my 45 years of experience to try to get the Best Result possible: a dismissal, a reduced charge or trial verdict of not guilty  
  • If there is a conviction, I help my client avoid or lessen the many adverse consequences of a conviction.

My job as a Glendale Az DUI Lawyer  is to see the case through my client’s eyes

Each client’s life is unique and affected differently by an arrest.  My job is to anticipate and minimize the consequences for each client and their family.

I have designed my Glendale Az DUI Lawyer practice as if I were the client

If I were the client, I would expect my lawyer to keep me fully informed as the case progresses, anticipate problems I might not be aware of and help me do whatever I would be required to do.  Because that is what I expect, this is what I provide to my clients.  Personalized Service, is solely my responsibility.

Glendale Az DUI Lawyer E-Service

  • Encrypted email with HIPPA level security used to send all reports & information to clients
  • Text messaging for notices & reminders
  • Secure online client access to dash or body camera videos
  • One-click secure & convenient video conferencing available.

My fee agreement contains no hidden fees or costs or trial fees.  All-Inclusive Reasonable Flat Fee with affordable payment plans.

A better outcome for your Glendale Az DUI or other criminal charge than you think may be possible.

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Infographic showing the steps of a Glendale Az DUI case, starting with the stop of the vehicle, then through the court proceedings, with possible sentencing consequences if guilty. It is an easy-to-follow visual guide designed to help people understand the Glendale Az DUI process.

My  Arizona DUI Guide explains how the Glendale Municipal Court and Maricopa County Justice Courts work

Important Questions and Answers for Glendale Az DUIs

How can I find the top/best/most experienced lawyer to defend me, or my friend or family member, for a Glendale Az DUI case?  

You might try to get a referral from someone you trust, but otherwise, you must choose one among hundreds of practicing lawyers in the Valley alone.  If so you should carefully and thoroughly review the attorney websites, reviews, blogs, etc. to decide which attorney is best for you.  Be sure to also decide in advance what type of fee agreement you need as well.

Are there attorneys who offer payment plans for a Glendale Az DUI case? 

Many lawyers refuse to take payments, or may require a big down payment in order to offer a payment agreement, however, there are some lawyers who do offer payments and do not insist on a big advance payment.  You should be able to easily find out what a prospective lawyer offers by visiting their website; if not, keep looking.

What jail will I serve my sentence in for a Glendale Az DUI case? 

Sentences for DUI cases arising in the Glendale Municipal Court may be served in the Glendale City Jail or the Maricopa County Jail. or any of the  Maricopa County Justice Courts serving Glendale (Country Meadows and Manistee Justice Courts) will serve their sentence in the Maricopa County Jail.

Which Arizona MVD locations are closest to Glendale?

The Arizona MVD has many around the Valley, in addition to Third Party providers (see below).  You can find the MVD branch most convenient to you, and be sure to choose a location that offers the specific services you require.

What Arizona MVD-Authorized Third Party (ATP) provider locations are closest to Glendale? 

There are now Authorized Third Party locations in Glendale however keep in mind ATPs do charge extra convenience fees and some only offer limited services.  You can check which ATP’s are most convenient to you, and what services they provide.

I was arrested for a Glendale Az DUI & what court is my case in? 

If you were arrested in Glendale Arizona by a City police officer  your case will be filed in the Glendale Municipal Court.  If you were arrested by Arizona DPS, a County police officer or another city’s police officer such as Surprise, Buckeye or Goodyear your case will be filed in one of the Maricopa County Justice Courts for Glendale such as Country Meadows or Manistee.

I was stopped and investigated for Glendale Az DUI but was never arrested and did not get a ticket.  How long do I need to be concerned about if I am looking at DUI charges? 

In Arizona, if you are facing misdemeanor DUI charges the State has up to one year to file the DUI charges against you; if you are facing felony DUI charges the State has up to seven years to file an Aggravated DUI case.

I was arrested for a Glendale Az DUI but did not get a citation or a court date, and was told I would be charged and notified when the blood test results were completed.  Who is testing my blood, and how long does it take to complete the testing and for charges to be filed? 

Samples taken for cases involving Glendale City police officers and most agencies on the West Side (except the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department) are sent to the DPS Crime Lab for testing.  The Glendale City Prosecutor’s office and the Maricopa County Attorney can take up to 1 year to file the charges.

I was arrested for Glendale Az DUI and my car has been impounded.  Where is my car being held, and when/how can I get it back? 

Just because your vehicle was towed as the result of a DUI arrest does not mean it is automatically being held on a 30-day impound; first, check the tow sheet to see if your vehicle is listed as a 30-day hold.  If so, and the vehicle is also registered in somebody else’s name (for instance, your spouse, child or parent), the other registered party might be allowed to retrieve the vehicle early.  If not, the hold is for 30 days, but you should be aware you must get your vehicle out of impound just as soon you can after it is eligible for release because you will be charged for each day the car is impounded.  In addition, within a very short period of time, the tow company can and will file to take possession of your vehicle, and what is worse you will be charged a $500 vehicle abandonment fee and also will get a driver license suspension from MVD.  You can learn more information on getting your vehicle back from the Glendale Police Department Impound Unit. Each police agency, such as the DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department have its own procedures for the release of impounded vehicles.

I was arrested for a Glendale Az DUI.  Will my mugshot end up online?

If you were booked and taken to the Fourth Avenue Jail, yes.  Otherwise, the answer is no (my podcast has more information on this common question, or you can download a transcript).
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Glendale Municipal (or City) Court

5711 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85301

Phone:  (623) 930-2400

Fax:  (623) 937-8860

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Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed on legal holidays)


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