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James Novak is a Tempe criminal defense attorney with extensive litigation experience in the courtroom. Having served as an Arizona criminal and DUI prosecutor, James Novak, Attorney at Law, knows how criminal cases progress through the system, and what it takes to get them dismissed.

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, the Law Office of James Novak will fight aggressively to defend your constitutional rights. The repercussions of either a misdemeanor or a felony conviction can be devastating. Any criminal offense can be potentially serious. For example, first time DUI convictions Arizona, even in absence of aggravating factors, call for serious consequences including jail time, suspension of your driver's license for a minimum of 90 days, drug and alcohol screening or counseling, probation, and monetary fines.

In addition to harsh sentencing and penalties, convictions can have adverse impacts globally in your life, including loss of employment, your right to drive, your right to vote, child custody issues, access to education, and access to public benefits. For these reasons, you want to make sure your rights are protected, and that you obtain legal representation for your charges. Hiring the right attorney may mean the difference between a dismissal of charges or a conviction with harsh penalties in Arizona.

James Novak Can Defend Against All Types of Criminal Charges

The Law Office of James Novak focuses exclusively on criminal cases, handling the full range of misdemeanor and felony charges. Attorney Novak represents clients in all varieties of criminal cases, including those involving: DUI and other motor vehicle offenses ; drug charges ; burglary , robbery , and theft; assault , domestic violence , and other violent crimes ; sex crimes ; weapons charges ; disorderly conduct ; and probation violations . In addition to offering representation once you have been charged, in some cases Mr. Novak offers pre-charge representation , through which he can negotiate with prosecutors and possibly convince them not to press formal charges against you.

Each of the crimes listed above is very serious and can lead to substantial fines, imprisonment, or both. In addition, a conviction will end up on your criminal record, meaning that any subsequent conviction will be treated even more harshly. Do everything you can to keep a conviction off your record - contact Attorney James Novak today.

FAQ: DUI and Criminal Defense Representation

Why Should I hire the Law Office of James Novak?

Arizona is known for having some of the toughest DUI and criminal laws in the country, especially those that pertain to "Driving under the Influence" of drugs or alcohol. As a former prosecutor in Maricopa County, James Novak is extremely familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system, prosecution and criminal defense. He is a seasoned trial lawyer who serves clients for both misdemeanors and serious felonies. James Novak has written three books on winning DUI and criminal defense strategies including "Winning Defense Strategies," "101 DUI Defenses," and "Your First 24 Hour DUI Defense-Action Plan."

Attorney James Novak takes your case very seriously, no matter how simple or complex it may seem. He will work hard to tailor a solid defense on your behalf in an effort to get the most favorable outcome in your case. He has a vast amount of defense and litigation experience in all courts where he represents clients in Tempe , Mesa , Chandler , Gilbert , Phoenix , and Scottsdale Arizona.

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

Time is of the essence in DUI criminal matters. You should consult an attorney as soon as reasonably possible when you know that you may be facing criminal charges. If the criminal accusations are serious and you are being questioned by police or investigators, you should consult a criminal defense attorney immediately. In some cases Mr. Novak can provide pre-charge representation. He will let the investigators know that his office is formally representing you for the charges, and all communications must go through him. Attorney Novak will make sure your rights are protected, and defenses are preserved. In some cases, he can help avoid formal charges being brought against you. If you have been arrested you should consult a defense attorney well in advance of your first court appearance. It is never a wise to go to court unrepresented by your own legal advocate. The longer your attorney has to build up your case, file early necessary motions, and gather evidence in your favor, the more this will all work together to strengthen your defense case. Early retention will increase your chances of getting a dismissal, acquittal, reduction of charges or sentencing, or other favorable outcome in your case. Don't wait until the prosecutor has a head start on you-contact the Law Office of James Novak today.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Lawyer?

Costs vary largely upon the law firm you retain. This is because no formal governing entities exist which monitors fees charged by attorneys. As a result, you will get quotes in a variety of different ranges. Generally speaking, paying more or less does not impact the quality of representation you receive. In determining how much to charge you for legal representation, James Novak takes a number of critical factors into consideration, including the specific facts of the case, seriousness, classification of the crime, aggravating factors involved, prior convictions, and the number of counts or charges involved. The Law Office of James Novak is known for charging some of the most competitive fees for DUI and criminal defense representation in Phoenix and East Valley cities. Attorney Novak makes sure every client gets the highest quality legal representation he offers, provides a free initial consultation, and charges only affordable flat fees. It is always important to keep in mind that while financial matters are a serious consideration in making the decision to hire a lawyer, the importance it is given should be understood in full context of what is at stake - your record, your reputation, your relationships, and even your freedom.

Will I be Able to Get Out on Bail Until My Trial Date?

Whether you will be able to get out on bail depends largely on the specific crime allegedly committed as well as what kind of defense your attorney puts forth on your behalf. Violent offenders may not have bail issued at all. However, in some other circumstances, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to convince the judge that a low bail amount will suffice to ensure your presence at trial.

Will I be Able to Have a Jury Trial?

The United States Constitution gives you the right to a jury trial in all felony cases, should you want one, and assuming it is not possible to negotiate a more favorable outcome with the prosecution. In some cases, it is best to try your case in front of the judge. This is a subject that you will have an in-depth discussion about with your attorney before going to trial.

James Novak's "No Barriers" Approach to Legal Representation

Attorney James Novak takes a "No Barriers" approach when it comes to his clients and the representation he provides. As a seasoned criminal defense lawyer with experience working for the State Prosecutor's Office, he knows what it takes to get a charge reduced or a case dismissed. He will do what it takes to ensure that you are provided with the quality defense that you are entitled to. Whether facing an aggressive prosecutor in the courtroom or appearing before a judge known to be tough on criminal defense attorneys, he will not shy away from the challenge of taking your case to trial, should you decide that is what you want to do.

If you are facing municipal or state court criminal charges in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, or any of the valley-wide communities, contact Phoenix criminal defense attorney James Novak to schedule a free initial consultation with him personally. The Law Office of James Novak is conveniently located in Tempe, right off of U.S. 60 and Rural Road. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact Attorney Novak online , or by phone at 480-413-1499 today.