Criminal Defense FAQ
Trusted Lawyers Serving Scottsdale & All of Maricopa County
Criminal defense matters are extremely difficult and can leave anyone who
has been charged with plenty of questions. At Sonoran Law Group, our
Scottsdale and Chandler criminal defense attorneys recognize this fact and aim to keep all clients informed regarding their
case. We have received numerous questions over the course of the past
two decades. To help make this process less stressful for you, our team
has put together a small list of some of the most common questions we
receive, as well as relevant answers. We hope that this proves beneficial.
I was charged with a simple
DUI. Is this serious?
Any criminal charge should be considered serious because of the effects
that it can have on your life. Even if a charge could be considered "minor,"
it can still result in probation, losing your ability to drive, and many
other penalties. Many individuals who have been charged attempt to go
at this alone. This is a mistake that could alter the course of your future.
Do I need to hire a lawyer?
When an individual is charged with a crime, they often hesitate to hire
legal counsel. This is mostly due to their concern with monetary obligations.
Without an attorney, however, you run a higher risk of losing your case.
This would result in even greater costs due to potential jail time, fines,
and other factors that could arise because of a conviction.
Can I expect my case to go to trial?
This always depends on the specifics of your case and how the prosecution
approaches your charges. We will often try to resolve this case before
going to court, but if that is not possible, trial may be the best option.
If your case does go to trial, you can have confidence that our team will
represent your best interests to the fullest extent.
I'm not sure if my charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. How can I tell?
There are a number of factors that can affect the classification of your
charge. Obviously, the more severe the crime, the more likely it is that
you will be charged with a felony. Certain crimes can be charged as a
misdemeanor or a felony depending on if any aggravating factors were involved,
including the commission of another crime or if an illegal weapon was involved.
Should I speak with law enforcement?
While law enforcement can often be on your side, when you are facing criminal
charges, it is their job to prove your guilt. By speaking with them, you
may give incriminating information about yourself. Speak with an attorney
first so that you can understand your rights and learn what defenses you may have.
Call us in the East Valley at (480) 477-8040 today for your
to learn more.
We serve clients in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale,
Tempe & the surrounding areas.