A DUI charge can happen to anyone, according to Ahwatukee Foothills attorney Melanie Beauchamp. Her new book is a how-to for those trying to get through the process.

“DUI: The Next Day” takes readers through the entire process from what documents they’ll receive when arrested and charged with driving under the influence to how to pick up their car and then the entire court proceedings. The book will not replace a good attorney, Beauchamp said, but it will give those who are in trouble for the first time some peace of mind as they deal with the different challenges that come their way.

“It’s designed for non-lawyers,” Beauchamp explained. “It’s designed so that you can pick it up and understand what to expect. It cannot substitute for an attorney. It is too complex a process. But it says, ‘Here’s step one, step two…’ It’s just a narrative of what to expect through the process so you won’t get a bunch of nasty surprises along the way.”

Beauchamp has more than 22 years of experience as an attorney. Her office, Beauchamp Law Office, handles criminal defense, business litigation, fraud, juvenile defense, personal injury, product liability and more. Personally, Beauchamp spends much of her time in the court room helping people she says are good people who have gotten into a little bit of trouble. It’s those people who inspired the writing of this book.

“Ninety percent of our clients have never been in trouble before,” she said. “What inspired me was seeing really good people walk in absolutely devastated. They are confused. They want to comply but the system is so complex, they don’t know where to begin. I wrote it as a tool for people as a place to start. They are embarrassed and don’t want to talk to people, but they don’t know what to do. This happens to good people.”

The book has won several “honorable mentions” in book festivals across the U.S. in the “How-to” category. It’s available for purchase online at arizonadui.com as well as in person at the Beauchamp Law Office, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 110, Building 3.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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