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There are a number of reasons why it would be beneficial to hire a private attorney for a case, especially because a lot of times people do not understand the process. An attorney would lead the client through the process from the beginning through to the end, including the fines and knowing when they could get the fines reduced, which would involve negotiating with the prosecutor beforehand. If the person had an attorney who was working with them to get both jail or prison time and the fines reduced, then depending again on whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony case, then all of those things would be something the private attorney would be able to help with.
The courts will often assess surcharges, so if someone hired a private attorney, their attorney would be able to ask the court to waive surcharges and reduce the fines. Arizona assesses the jail cost for people, so in certain courts, the judges can be asked to reduce the jail cost because of the client’s financial condition, because they could not afford it, and it would then be at the discretion of the judge. Certain fines and fees are mandatory by statute, like the fines and fees for a DUI, which are written into the statute and cannot be avoided, so some things cannot be reduced although other things like certain surcharges and costs sometimes can be.
Yes. Attorneys usually know the general range for the amount of the fine for each certain type of case, so usually they can give the client an idea about the fine when they meet with them, depending on the type of case.
This would be a benefit of hiring a private attorney, because the attorney and the client would be able to negotiate something like home detention or for a DUI the number of days the person’s license would be suspended. It’s definitely helpful to have an attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor to get the person the lowest amount of jail time possible.
Yes, depending on what the person was charged with. Attorneys always have a general idea of the jail or prison time for different types of offenses and there are certain fines and fees usually associated with each. Attorneys can let them know what the fines and fees would be if it was written into the statute.
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