• CHARGES: Two DUI’S in 4 months.
    FACING: 2 years in Jail. Possible felony.
    FACTS: Blood Alcohol 4x the Legal Limit
    RESULT: NO COUNTY JAIL.
  • CHARGES: Attempted Murder
    FACING: 15 years to Life
    RESULT: Charges DISMISSED. CLIENT RELEASED
  • CHARGES: 2 DUI’S and 2 accidents in 2 months.
    FACING: 2 years in county jail.
    RESULT: NO JAIL TIME.
  • CHARGES: 3rd Offense DUI.
    FACING: 1 Year in Jail, Ignition Interlock. Fines.
    RESULT: Charges DISMISSED. No Jail. No fines.
  • CHARGES: Felony assault, criminal threats.
    FACING: 6 years in Prison.
    COURT: Client facing 2 strikes.
    RESULT: Charges DISMISSED. No Jail.
  • CHARGES: Felony drugs for Sale.
    FACING: 6 Years in Prison.
    FACTS: Client w/drugs, scales and cash.
    RESULT: Charges DISMISSED. No jail.
  • CHARGES: DUI. Refusal allegation.
    FACING: License Suspension for 1 year.
    FACTS: Client had 12 pack then gets refusal.
    RESULT: License SAVED.
  • CHARGES: 3RD DUI, ACCIDENT/INJURIES.
    FACING: 3 Years in Prison. 3 year License Susp.
    FACTS: Major accident. High B.A.C.
    RESULT: CHARGES NOT FILED. LICENSE SAVED.
  • CHARGES: Assault w/deadly weapon.
    FACING: 1 Year Jail. 1 Year Counseling. Fines.
    FACTS: Flashlight on neighbor
    RESULT: Charges DISMISSED Prior to Trial.
  • CHARGES: Embezzlment, 11 felony counts.
    FACING: 5 years in prison. Huge Fines.
    FACTS: $35K in theft over 1 year.
    RESULT: 10 days community labor. DISMISSAL in 3 years.
  • CHARGES: Robbery. Felony Assault. Threats.
    FACING: 3 Strikes. Over 20 years in Prison.
    RESULT: STRIKES DISMISSED. NO JAIL.

5 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Defense Attorney

Do you exclusively handle criminal defense?
Criminal Defense is a highly specialized area of the law that demands thorough knowledge of ever-changing laws and the experience to know how to use those laws to the benefit of your clients.

Ask your prospective lawyer what percentage of their practice is devoted to Criminal Defense. An attorney that dabbles in many areas of law can never provide the specialized representation that criminal defense demands.

Anthony A. Arzili’s practice has always been 100% devoted to criminal defense.


How well do you know the L.A. Courts?
Knowing the Judges and Prosecutors assigned to your case can make all the difference. A Criminal Defense Lawyer that only handles cases in L.A. is rarity nowadays where most attorneys will travel to far away courts in order to make a living.

Downey Criminal Defense Lawyer Anthony Arzili limits his practice to his “home turf,” the L.A. County Courts. Downey Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Arzili knows that some of the best results you can achieve on a criminal case are made possible only by the relationships between defense lawyers, local prosecutors and judges.

Ask your prospective attorney if he only handles cases in L.A.? Then ask your Lawyer how many times he’s appeared in the courthouse where your case is pending? Does he know who the prosecutors are in your court?


Will you represent me or some young inexperienced associate?
This problem accounts for a large percentage of complaints that people have with criminal defense lawyers. Most people call what they believe to be a large defense firm or a “law corporation” and speak to someone who sounds very impressive. Unfortunately, the first person that “sells” them on their firm is not the attorney that will be handling your case. Instead, it will be a young, inexperienced associate that will use your case as a learning experience. Downey Criminal Defense Lawyer Anthony A. Arzili started out with one of the biggest defense firms in California, he knows how they work. He remembers how cases were juggled between young attorneys with clients calling and not knowing who their lawyer was.

Downey Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony A. Arzili believes that a client needs an advocate, someone the client can believe in, confide in, and communicate with. When you meet with Anthony Arzili, he will be the one and only Lawyer that will be committed to your case from start to finish. Finding an attorney that will be personally committed to your case means finding a local Lawyer that will be your advocate, not a large and faceless corporation.


Can you tell me your TOTAL fees and put it in WRITING?
Just like any large purchase or investment you make, hiring a criminal defense lawyer should be done wisely. Be wary of attorneys that insist on you paying all your fees before they even step into court. Also, be concerned if a lawyer tells you to pay him “as you go along” and never sets a total price. Finally, there are the big law firms that will have you sign a dozen pages of legalese just so they are covered no matter how badly they botch your case.

Downey Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Arzili realizes that most people just want a reasonable fee and want to know exactly what the total cost will be. His “flat-fee” retainer gives you a total amount the case will cost, and not a dime over. While other Lawyers may charge you $375 an hour to take a phone call or read some law on your case, rest assured that no matter how many court appearances or conference Anthony handles, your total fee will not change. Finally, Anthony Arzili puts all his fees in writing in a simple one page agreement.


Do you have a proven track record of excellent results?
While most attorneys provide empty promises of great results, only the great lawyers let their actions speak for themselves. While some attorneys will attempt to tell you what you want to hear so that you can hire them, others believe scaring you out of your mind is the best way to get you to hire them. Downey Criminal Lawyer Anthony Arzili believes in letting his actions speak for themselves. Please visit our Recent Results Page to see for yourself a sampling of the success stories that we’ve been able to achieve in the past year.


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