The Right Way to Fight Your DWI (and Jail Time)...
And The Wrong Way To Do It
(More than 99% of my clients never see jail time or community service--And that's on top of all of our "Not Guilty" Verdicts!)
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Absurdly, even a first offense charge of Driving While Intoxicated in Arkansas carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail. That's on top of increasing fines, court costs, and assorted fees. And then, of course, there's the collateral damage that the charge causes when it hits your record and follows you around on background checks. Crazy, isn't it? The exposure is only magnified for subsequent DWIs.
This means that a person standing alone in front of the Judge, after being accused of the crime of Driving While Intoxicated in his jurisdiction, isn't worried about just the one year of jail time.
Financial blows, loss of employment, potential custody issues, and the lingering damage of a DWI on background checks are all racing through their mind. As the Judge gazes down on you with all of that on the line, its enough to make anyone's hands sweat.
But this does not have to be YOUR problem!
Brannen D. Payne, Trial Attorney
Over just the last several years, I've been able to help THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE throughout Arkansas fight their DWI charge and win outstanding outcomes. I'd love to share the "ins and outs" of the legal system that you're facing. A major part of my job is to make sure that you sleep easier at night and are able to get back to LIFE as our case progresses.
Imagine if tomorrow morning you were able to wake up refreshed, without that pit in your stomach, knowing that our battle-hardened DWI firm is taking care of the threat for you. Imagine going about your day without wondering what Court will look like, what driver control will do to your license, what nasty things the prosecutor will say about you, and the intimidating look on the judge’s face as you stand there charged with Driving While Intoxicated in his city
Scared clients are NOT good clients, believe it or not. It's a major part of my job to give you the freedom to get back to your life. You need to be empowered to feel confident as we evaluate your case and its resolution--not fearful. Good choices are seldom made out of fear, and I want to be sure to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
In addition to the peace of mind that clients enjoy once they've joined the team, we want to do everything that we possibly can to beat your charges and secure a "Not Guilty!" Even factually guilty people are entitled to fight for great outcomes, including:
Dodging all jail, community service, public service, and probation (up to one year on a first offense DWI).
No court appearance in front of the Judge, Prosecutor, court staff, or bailiff.
Low fines (which can reach up to $5,000 on some DWI charges!)
Our Ultimate Goal in every case--a verdict of "Not Guilty" with nothing on your record!
Welcome to Payne Law Firm!
"We're A Boutique DWI Defense Firm that makes your problem OUR problem
by crafting custom designed defense strategies unique to the facts of your case."
This is not just another cookie-cutter "big-box" firm OR small "door law" practice.
Let me explain...
In a past life, I was a trial attorney at just such a big-box law firm. "Team" of attorneys, fancy polished wood furniture, catered lunches...the works. It was miserable.
We are explicitly NOT a cookie-cutter firm juggling thousands of active cases at once, and our custom caseload means that we wouldn't think of burdening our team with those same stacks, and stacks, and stacks of numbered cases. I like it a lot better when my clients have names.
Each of our cases is tailor-crafted to best suit the unique facts and circumstances of your case, and is molded to best fit you--your unique goals and desired outcomes for your your case. Our track record speaks for itself.
Neither are we a small, struggling "door law" firm. That is, a firm so small that they take any case that happens to walk through the door--be it a divorce, bankruptcy, child custody fight, or...your DWI. If it pays, it plays.
Instead, I focus EXCLUSIVELY on DWI and criminal defense. This means that I am distinctively trained and experienced in countless DWI cases and victories over just the last few years. It's critically important to our firm--and your case--that we stay up to date on ever-changing DWI law. To that end, I'm trained as an INSTRUCTOR of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and DWI Investigations under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's guidelines.
This means that I know exactly how officers should have conducted your DWI stop and investigation, because I've mastered the curriculum for how officers are themselves trained! This gives us a substantial leg up on every case. We know DWI testing and procedure inside and out so that we can effectively attack the officer's performance in your case and protect your future!
On top of this expert knowledge, I'm also an experienced trial attorney in courts throughout Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. This means three important things:
1. We actually get out of the office and put the prosecution to the test.
Being known for taking cases to trial comes in handy in more ways than one. Can you imagine being sandbagged by a lawyer that doesn't know how to actually follow-through on a case?
2. We know our courts, judges, and prosecutors inside and out, and are particular about maintaining positive relationships.
District Courts throughout Arkansas each have their own quirks based on the styles and personalities of the presiding Judge and prosecutor. We are intimately framiliar with each of the courts that we practice in. This means that we'll be able to protect you and the outcome of your case even with the most diffucult of facts, Judges, and prosecutors. Trial strategy is sometimes about knowing the system just as much as it is about the case itself.
3. Most importantly, this means that your confidence is secure in a firm that knows exactly how to best handle your case, how to advise you, and how to fight every obstacle to work toward the best possible outcome. We do just one thing, and we do it exceptionally well.
How You Know You're At The Right Place:
Based on the unique facts of your case and the personalized defense roadmap that we craft, there is no limit to the number of outcomes that we may be able to achieve for you. Based on your goals and desires, we'll be able to fight to:
Beat Your Charge Completely
Keep you out of jail or prison
Keep you off of probation
Save your Drivers' License or Commercial License
Save money on fines, fees, and court costs
Or achieve another goal that's important to you.
My clients usually love this part of the process, because it means that we get to sit down together to custom tailor your level of representation based on the outcome that we're after.
On top of that, we have an incredible client contact policy that is second to none. We work hard to keep you updated on the status of your case every step of the way. Our policy is always to answer questions and inquiries immediately, when possible, to ensure that you're never left hanging or wondering about your case.
That's actually one of the number one complains against attorneys in general, and we've worked hard for years to ensure that our clients are always kept up to speed! When it's not possible to answer your question or call immediately, we ensure that messages are promptly returned by the end of each workday. If you're in 5:00pm on a weekday, you're getting an answer that day!
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(!!) However, we are NOT the right firm for You if any of the following apply:
1. You are a career criminal, and don't really care about your charge because your record is beyond repair.
The vast majority of my happy clients are not teardrop-tattoo-on-cheek drug dealers--they just had a bad day and are now in way over their heads. If you don't have a jailhouse nickname yet, we can still help you keep from getting one.
2. You don't have a job, and spending up to a year in jail won't compromise your employment or family life.
3. You don't ever want a job, and the red strike on your background check won't impact you.
4. You've got a really good source for clean urine, and court-ordered probation is a walk in the park for you.
5. You don't care about your future enough, or are not motivated enough, to complete your "homework."
This could be gathering medical records, completing defensive driving, or registering for counseling classes. If I assign it, it's because we need it to act as a bargaining chip in your case. Help me help you. Do your homework. Otherwise, not to be rude, but don't call in the first place. We have plenty of requests for help. Your spot will be filled, whether its by you or someone ready fight this thing.
(!!) We are ready to Welcome You to the firm TODAY if:
1. You are a fairly normal human being who had a really bad day and needs expert guidance to get out of the jam that you're in.
2. You believe that you don't deserve jail, or this charge, and are ready to fight alongside me to keep you safe.
We call it a "team" for a reason. We'll get to know each other pretty well over the course of our case, and your commitment to the cause is every bit as important as mine. You need to be as all-in and ready to face this charge as I am.
3. You believe that the law matters and should be applied fairly, even when guilty people go free.
Even in cases where a person is factually guilty. That means that, even if someone is actually guilty, the State must still jump through all of the required legal hoops to prove you legally guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If they can't, their case against you should fail. I've won countless "Not Guilty" verdicts on cases where factual guilt was never in disputed--I'm talking about fall-down vomiting cases with BAC levels of .09, .15, .24 and even higher. If there is a sufficient legal defect with the State's case, you should still be found NOT GUILTY!
No-Risk FREE Strategy Session and GUARANTEED Appeal
We are a unique and narrowly focused firm when compared to "big-box" firms and small "door lawyers." This means that your satisfaction is of the highest importance to me personally.
Arkansas law provides that any case in district court can be appealed to circuit court for a "trial de novo"--a completely new start to your case in a higher court.
If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of our case in district court for whatever reason (even a bad reason),
I will represent you on appeal to circuit court for a bench trial FOR FREE! (You would just need to let me know in writing within 14 days of the final disposition in district court, and the rest is on me--including filing fees!
It's all part of our commitment to securing your peace of mind and getting you back to life as we go forward together. Joining the team is an exceptionally easy decision that you shouldn't sweat in the least!
On top of that, your first strategy meeting with the firm (whether by phone or in person) is ABSOLUTELY FREE, regardless of whether you end up joining the team!
Call now to schedule a meeting, and you won't owe a single penny after our in-depth meeting about the facts of your case. You literally have nothing to lose by soaking up free answers and information about you situation. You can reach us right now at 479-871-9602.
Our extreme focus on DWI defense isn’t the only thing that sets us apart from the “door law” firms out there. My undergraduate degree is Philosophy. My wife is a Professor of Substance Abuse and Addictions at the University of Arkansas. It goes without saying that our goal in life was never to rake in piles of cash by whatever means possible (we actually met as co-workers in a prison when we were both getting started in our careers).
Instead, the goal of the firm is something pretty extraordinary and unusual—to actually help clients fight their charge, preserve their futures, and to allow them to pass us the burden of worrying about their case as we move forward! Once you reach out, be sure to explore the rest of the site for more. You'll be glad you did!
1. Will I be punished by the Court for pleading "Not Guilty" and Hiring a Lawyer?
No. The entire court system is built around the presumption of YOUR innocence, and it's the State's job to try to make their case. It is NOT your job to fall on the sword. Thankfully, judges and prosecutors understand their roles well--I've never seen or heard of anyone being "punished" for putting the State to task and fighting for their rights. It's literally how the system is designed.
2. Do you practice in my area?
I limit our practice area to Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Anything west of Little Rock and north of Hot Springs is our territory. Our office is located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
3. Do you have a payment plan?
ABSOLUTELY, and that's actually how most clients prefer to structure their agreement.
4. How are you so affordable?
There's economy in doing just ONE thing and doing it exceptionally well. My time is not split among divorce court, bankruptcy court, etc. You're able to reap the rewards of that incredible focus in more ways than one!
On top of that, we're happy to provide multiple options for representation during our first strategy session. That means that you're able to customize your representation to match your particular needs
Frequently Asked Questions:
As you're aware, we take only a limited number of clients. Because we give our all for each of our clients, we drastically limit our caseload compared to how many other firms are structured.
I would love to welcome you as the newest member of our team, but...
We are currently closing in our caseload capacity for the month. Your membership with the firm can be secured with only a low down-payment (payment plan, remember?), so I encourage you to apply right away to see if you and I are a good fit.
Call us by phone at 479-871-9602 (most popular), or send us a message below.
You have absolutely no risk in reaching out. Call now to secure your place on our incredible team!
I look forward to meeting you soon. Sincerely,
Brannen D. Payne
Payne Law Firm - Trial Attorney
Current Case Status: October 2020 - Almost Full
Trained as Instructor of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests