Goodyear DUI & Criminal Lawyer | 42 Yrs Experience


As a Goodyear DUI Lawyer I know being arrested 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 42 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 Goodyear 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 a Goodyear 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.

Goodyear 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 Goodyear DUI or other Criminal Charge than you think may be possible.

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Infographic showing the steps of an Avondale or Goodyear 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 Avondale or Goodyear DUI process.

My  Arizona DUI Guide explains how the Avondale and Goodyear Municipal Courts and Maricopa County Justice Courts work

Important Questions and Answers for a Goodyear DUI

How can I find the top/best/most experienced Goodyear DUI Lawyer to defend me, or my friend or family member, for a Goodyear 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 Goodyear DUI Lawyers who offer payment plans for a 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 Goodyear DUI case? 

. Sentences for from the Goodyear Municipal Court or any of the  Maricopa County Justice Courts serving Avondale & Goodyear (Aqua Fria, Country Meadows and White Tank Justice Courts) will serve their sentence in the Maricopa County Jail.

Which Arizona MVD locations are closest to Goodyear?

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 which offers the specific services you require.

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

There are now Authorized Third Party locations on the West Side however keep in mind ATP’s 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 Goodyear DUI. What court is my case in? 

If you were arrested in Avondale by a City police officer  your case will be filed in the Avondale Municipal Court.  If you where arrested in Goodyear by a Goodyear Police Officer your case will be filed in the Goodyear Municipal Court. If you were arrested by Arizona DPS, a County police officer or another city’s police officer such as from Surprise, Buckeye or Goodyear your case will be filed in one of the Maricopa County Justice Courts  on the East Side such as Aqua Fria, Country Meadows and White Tank.

I was stopped and investigated for a Goodyear 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 Goodyear 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 Avondale or Goodyear 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 Avondale  and Goodyear City Prosecutor’s offices and the Maricopa County Attorney can take up to 1 year to file the charges.

I was arrested for a Goodyear 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 Avondale Police Department  or the Goodyear Police Department.  Each other agency, such as the DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department have their own procedures for the release of impounded vehicles.

I was arrested for a Goodyear 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).
Headshot of Gordon Thompson, Goodyear DUI Attorney

Goodyear Municipal (or City) Court

14455 West Van Buren Street, Suite B-101, Goodyear, AZ  85338

Phone:  (623) 882-7200

Fax:  (623) 932-6936

Court Website:  https://www.goodyearaz.gov/government/departments-divisions-a-z/court

Hours:  Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on legal holidays)

 

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