Prescott, Arizona Criminal Lawyers

Dwane Cates
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Experienced criminal defense lawyer will fight for you. Call today!

I’m an experienced DUI/DWI defense lawyer and represent clients who have been arrested or who are facing a DUI/DWI charge. I will vigorously fight for your rights and help you at every stage of your case. Read More »
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Aaron J Reed
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Arizona Criminal Law Attorney

Aaron J. Reed is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for his undergraduate education and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate from the Lee Business... Read More »
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Craig Orent
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Certified Criminal Defense Specialist; 30 Years Aggressive,Passionate,Tenacious

Craig Orent has been defending and trying criminal cases for 30 years, handling everything from criminal traffic matters to capital first-degree murder. He is known to be aggressive, tenacious, and passionate in his... Read More »
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James Glenn O'Haver
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Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(928) 776-7904 POB 282
Prescott, AZ 86302
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and Divorce
University of Arizona
J. Mitchell Padilla
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Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(928) 212-1421 100 E. Union St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
I grew up in Southern California and graduated from Cantwell High School in Montebello. After graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went to boot camp in San Diego. During my time in the Navy, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from Chapman University in Orange, California. I was honorably discharged in 1981 after six years of active duty.

I then worked for Pacific Telephone (later to become Pacific Bell, SBC and finally AT&T) in various managerial capacities. During that time, I earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of San...
Matthew Cochran
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Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(928) 445-8630 107 N. Cortez
Suite 200
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal and DUI
American University Washington College of Law
John Sears
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Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney
(928) 778-5208 511 East Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer
(928) 445-0877 141 S McCormick St
Prescott, AZ 86303
Criminal and DUI
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney
(928) 771-3344 255 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal and DUI
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer
(928) 771-3344 255 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney
(928) 445-5484 425 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal and DUI
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(213) 974-9870 5260 W Indian Camp Rd
Prescott, AZ 86305
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Whittier Coll School of Law
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney
(928) 445-9405 122 N Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Prescott, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer
(928) 445-5484 425 E Gurley St.
Prescott, AZ 86301-3805
Criminal, Animal, Business and DUI
Prescott Valley, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(928) 759-0000 3681 North Robert Road
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Criminal
Prescott Valley, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 51 years experience
(928) 775-6915 4350 N Bonita Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Criminal and DUI
Prescott Valley, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(831) 728-7077 7760 E. State Route 69 C5 177
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
David P Gordon
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Cottonwood, AZ Criminal Law Attorney
(928) 649-8609 850 Cove Pkwy
Suite A
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Criminal, Business, Collections and DUI
David P. Gordon grew up in Camp Verde, Arizona. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. David Gordon received his law degree from Western New England College of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2000. Prior to forming Gordon & Gordon, PLLC, David Gordon worked for the law firm of Boyle, Pecharich, Cline, and Whittington, PLLC in Prescott, Arizona, then as a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office, and finally as assistant attorney for the City of Glendale. Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Real Estate; Municipal Law; Business Law; Contracts; Zoning; Education Law; Litigation; Construction law; Juvenile...
Cottonwood, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer
(928) 634-8010 868 Cove Pkwy
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Aaron Michael Black
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(480) 729-1683 4520 N 12th St #101
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Free ConsultationPhoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Criminal and DUI
University of South Dakota School of Law
The Law Office of Aaron M. Black, PLLC., is a boutique law firm in Phoenix, Arizona that represents individuals charged with serious criminal offenses, vehicular crimes and DUI in Federal, State and City courts. Aaron places a strong emphasis on DUI and DUI related criminal offenses. Aaron is an experienced Criminal Defense attorney with an outstanding knowledge and understanding of complex Criminal case litigation. Aaron acquired this experience by representing hundreds of individuals. regularly dealing with Criminal and DUI cases involving serious consequences, Aaron Black has successfully defended numerous jury and bench trials. Aaron Black represents a limited number of clients...
Stephen R Glazer
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(928) 213-9253 Glazer Hammond, PLLC
223 N. Elden Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Free ConsultationFlagstaff, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Washburn University School of Law
Stephen R. Glazer, was the owner and sole attorney of The Glazer Law Office, PLLC located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Steve recently merged with another attorney in Flagstaff, Keith A. Hammond, and the firm is now Glazer Hammond, PLLC. Steve is certified by The State Board of Arizona as a Criminal Law Specialist. Stephen Glazer, known as the Flagstaff Attorney, handles criminal law cases in both State and Federal courts in all of northern Arizona. He aggressively defends charges such as DUI, Drug cases, criminal traffic violations, minor in consumption, weapon charges, domestic violence cases, suspended license cases, murder, and other...
Craig Gillespie
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(602) 253-1010 3636 North Central Avenue
Suite 510
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Golden Gate University School of Law
Former Prosecutor familiar with all courts in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and highest rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Born and raised in Phoenix Arizona.
Ashelee Weeks
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(602) 714-7530 11811 North Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Baltimore School of Law
Weeks Law is dedicated to providing superior Arizona DUI, traffic and criminal defense in Phoenix, throughout Maricopa County, and surrounding counties. Ashelee J. Weeks is not only an attorney, but a former prosecutor as well. This experience gives Ashelee the edge over other attorneys because of her significant trial and courtroom experience. Ashelee has handled over a thousand DUI, traffic, & criminal cases and has spent her career in a courtroom with various judges, attorneys, and advocates. The skills and knowledge gained from her experience is unparalleled. Call now for a FREE consultation!
Jerald Schreck
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(602) 370-3262 45 West Jefferson Street
14th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Southwestern Law School
Jerald Schreck is an award-winning criminal defense attorney in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to entering private practice, he was the supervisor of the Sex Crimes Trial Team at the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office where he practiced for approximately twenty-five years. He has concentrated on the defense of persons charged with sex crimes for over sixteen years. During that time he has been involved in the defense of college students, teachers, medical professionals, law enforcement officers, corrections officers, attorneys, parents, juveniles, group home workers, coaches, religious leaders, athletes, day care workers and corporate executives on a wide variety...
Scott David Stewart
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Surprise, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(623) 500-6067 15331 W Bell Rd.
Suite 212
Surprise, AZ 85374
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Stewart Law Group is a small boutique firm focused on Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody with six offices in the Greater Phoenix area.

Whether you're facing a divorce, custody battle, or spousal support hearing, facts and information are crucial to supporting your case and protecting your rights. If your spouse has hidden money in bank accounts you never knew existed or suffers from an addiction that could put your children at risk, you need a divorce lawyer who can expose and collect facts important to your case.

The Family law attorneys at the Stewart Law Group, pllc have experience working with...
Shawn Brian Hamp
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(928) 263-8509 1129 Iron Springs Road
Prescott, AZ 86305
Free ConsultationPrescott, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
President and lead counsel for the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp, P.C. (An Arizona Professional Corporation), Shawn Hamp has practiced law for over nine years with an emphasis in criminal law. An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Hamp has been lead counsel in hundreds of criminal trials and court hearings, including over twenty seven criminal jury trials. A former prosecutor, Mr. Hamp, handled all types of criminal cases including, DUI/DWI, Drug, and Homicide cases. He now brings his experience and dedication to serve those individuals in Northern Arizona accused of committing any type of crime.
Jonathan Joseph Goebel
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(480) 248-7666 8010 E. McDowell Road, Suite 111
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Free ConsultationScottsdale, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Pepperdine University
With over fourteen years practicing criminal law, Jonathan Goebel has litigated criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to complex felony cases throughout Arizona.Jonathan is an exceptional trial attorney who has won countless jury trials and is well regarded in the Arizona legal community as a one of the most effective trial attorneys in the State. As a former Maricopa County Deputy Attorney, Assistant Arizona Attorney General, and active criminal defense attorney, Jonathan has spent his entire career in Arizona’s various criminal justice arenas and has a tremendous experience in all criminal matters. He has represented clients in nearly every court in...
Jess A. Lorona
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(602) 385-6825 3838 N. Central Ave.
Ste. 100
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Arizona State University
Jess A. Lorona is a partner at Lorona Mead, PLC, and has been practicing law for over 32 years. He is also a Judge Pro Tem for the City of Phoenix Municipal Court, Chandler Municipal Court, Pinal County Justice Courts, Gila River Indian Community Court, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Tribal Court, and is a faculty member of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy.
Michael Kielsky
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Mesa, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(480) 461-5309 1138 N. Alma School Rd., #101
Mesa, AZ 85201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Michael Kielsky joined Udall Shumway PLC in 2016.

Mr. Kielsky is a 1984 graduate of Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

For 15 years, Mr. Kielsky was employed in a variety of roles in technology, including Software Engineer, Business Analyst, and Manager of Engineering, at well-known companies in industries such as aerospace, communications, defense, finance, and technology.

In 1999, seeking new challenges, and due to his long-running interest in law, Mr. Kielsky began on a path to his second career, enrolling in law school on an academic scholarship. Even with completing law school on an accelerated...
Dwane Cates
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(855) 528-5089 4425 N. 24th Street
Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
I am certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Criminal law. I have been practicing Criminal law in Arizona for over 21 years. I was recently awarded "Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year" (Tom Karis Criminal Justice Award) by the State Bar of Arizona. We also have extensive experience in Mental Health and Addiction issues in Criminal law cases. Myself and my associates travel throughout Arizona representing clients in various criminal matters, including Murder, Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide, Assault, Aggravated Assault, all drug crimes including transportation for sale of large quantities of cocaine and...
James Novak
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(480) 413-1499 4500 S Lakeshore Dr
#352
Tempe, AZ 85282
Free ConsultationTempe, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
James E. Novak of The Law Office of James E. Novak, PLLC, is an experienced DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney. He serves clients in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, and Phoenix AZ. James Novak defends those facing felony or misdemeanor charges and provides both pretrial and trial services. In addition to his hands on experience and proven success in criminal and DUI defense, Attorney James E.Novak, is the author of three free Arizona Winning Strategy Defense Books, and hundreds of impaired driving and criminal defense articles on his website, blog, and the web. ...
Craig Jacob Rosenstein
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Scottsdale, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(800) 666-6384 8010 E McDowell Rd Ste. 111
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law and DUI
Arizona State University
Craig J. Rosenstein is an honors graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 2002. Following his undergraduate education, Mr. Rosenstein went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree at Arizona State University Law School. During his time at ASU, Craig was an active member in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and clerked for one of the Arizona State Legislators from May, 2003 until August, 2004, while he simultaneously clerked for a solo practitioner until graduating from law school in 2006. After passing the Arizona State Bar...
Craig Orent
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(480) 656-7301 11811 N. Tatum Blvd, Suite 3031
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of San Diego School of Law
Craig Orent has been defending and trying criminal cases for 30 years, handling everything from criminal traffic matters to capital first-degree murder. He is known to be aggressive, tenacious, and passionate in his defense of his clients. He approaches each case as if he were representing a family member. He is an advocate, defender, and advisor. He appears in all courts (city, state, and federal).
David A Black
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(480) 280-8028 40 N. Central Ave.
#1850
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of California - Los Angeles
David Black is a Phoenix criminal attorney committed to making each and every client feel like they’re his only one. He has a proven track record of defending the rights of his clients, representing hundreds successfully in Arizona since 2008. Beyond an unflinching commitment to excellence in the practice law, Black’s credentials and accolades offer testimony to his ability to achieve positive results. A Commitment to Education Raised and educated in the Phoenix area, Black was selected to take classes at Arizona State University while he was still in high school. He continued his undergraduate studies at ASU, concentrating his...
Matthew Leon Lopez
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(928) 714-7032 Prescott, AZ 86303
Free ConsultationPrescott, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Phoenix School of Law
Available 24/7 365 for free consultation - Call (602) 980-1987

Matthew Lopez Law is considered one of Arizona's premier personal injury, car accident, DUI and criminal defense law firms. If you or a loved one have been arrested or injured in a car accident, our lawyers are here to help. Our lawyers aggressively represent clients throughout Arizona including, but not limited to, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Tucson, Yuma, Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson.

If you have been arrested, you need the assistance of an honest, knowledgeable and hard working lawyer. Matthew Lopez Law possesses these...
Arja Shah
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(602) 888-0369 2 N. Central Ave.
18th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
Criminal and DUI
California Western School of Law
Ms. Shah has dedicated her professional career to helping people in need of a quality and affordable defense.

Ms. Shah was born and raised in East Amherst, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After graduation, Ms. Shah spent two years working for a well respected criminal defense firm in Washington DC., learning early on what qualities make a for a good defense attorney. Ms. Shah is a graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Ms. Shah began her legal career working for a large criminal defense firm in their Vehicular Crimes...
Dana Hogle
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Surprise, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(623) 469-0443 15331 W. Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Strong Criminal Defense No Matter What Charge You’re Facing in Arizona

Some people may feel like they don’t need a criminal attorney due to the charges that they are facing seem minor and don’t carry much of a punishment. Thinking this way is a mistake.

AZ Criminal Justice Attorneys and DUI Defense LawyersEven if you are just facing a low-level misdemeanor charge, there will be consequences today and in the future – and even the minor-sounding offenses are often worse than you think. Maybe you “escape” with community service and fines or simply having to take a class that is designed to...
Ryan McPhie
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(480) 500-8669 1930 E Brown Rd
Suite 102
Mesa, AZ 85203
Free ConsultationMesa, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
With extensive experience representing the underserved and underprivileged throughout the State of Arizona, Attorney Gabriel J. Hassen has built a strong career as a Mesa criminal defense lawyer. Having handled hundreds of cases in front of juries, he is not afraid to stand strong in defense of his clients’ needs, no matter how severe their criminal charges may be. If you face criminal charges, be it DUI or domestic violence, now is the time to call the team at McPhie Law for your free consultation and get started planning your defense. They understand the strategies that work when helping clients...
David Maletta
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(480) 248-7666 8010 E. McDowell Rd. Suite 111
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Free ConsultationScottsdale, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
Criminal and DUI
Seton Hall University
Mr. Maletta is a widely respected criminal defense attorney with over 20 years' experience. David graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1993 with a degree in Psychology. Shortly thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, he became a prosecutor with the Arizona Attorney General's office. While working as a prosecutor, he felt that the punishments were too severe and that some of the defendants were not being defended aggressively enough so that is when he decided to become a criminal defense attorney.

He has been working as a criminal...
Kristopher Califano
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(602) 402-8708 5711 W. Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
Free ConsultationGlendale, AZ Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Pepperdine University School of Law
Mr. Califano has defended thousands of Arizonans charged or investigated for crimes. He has been a state-bar licensed Arizona attorney for more than 10 years and has substantial jury trial experience on felony and misdemeanor cases. Mr. Califano has defended cases ranging from first-degree murder to civil speeding cases. He has received numerous recognitions and awards.

Kris is often asked and conducts seminars for other attorneys about DUI laws and trial strategies. He is results oriented, tenacious and pragmatic. His success can be attributed to his knowledge of the law, a strong motion practice, jury appeal, work ethic, and...
Timothy John Tobin
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Mesa, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(480) 447-4837 1910 S. Stapley Dr., Ste. 221
Mesa, AZ 85204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
New England Law | Boston
Attorney Tobin handles criminal and DUI cases throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area providing clients with professional, experienced, and aggressive representation. He’s known for his honesty, compassion, and dedication to justice. When you step into the Mr. Tobin’s office, expect professionalism with a friendly touch. He’ll take the time to listen to your concerns and needs and work with you to dismiss charges, reduce charges, limit penalties, and protect your legal rights. Attorney Timothy Tobin graduated with honors from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Following his passion as a legal advocate, he earned his Juris Doctor from New England Law Boston...
Keith Hammond
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(928) 556-0983 223 N. Elden St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Free ConsultationFlagstaff, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Drake University
Keith A. Hammond was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1963. He graduated from high school in 1981. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. Mr. Hammond received his Juris Doctorate in Law from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1988. He has been an attorney in Flagstaff, Arizona since 1988 and formed the Firm, KEITH A. HAMMOND, P.C. in Flagstaff, Arizona in June of 1990. Mr. Hammond primarily practices in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury and criminal defense. He has tried 41 jury trials through...
Josephine Pesaresi Hallam
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Phoenix, AZ Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(602) 237-5373 5343 North 16th Street
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Criminal
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hallam Law Group is an experienced felony trial law firm with an outstanding history of working in criminal courtrooms throughout Arizona. Our law firm offers quality legal counsel in various areas of law including: assault, felony DUI, robbery, domestic violence, sexual abuse, felony shoplifting and many more. Hallam has steered through over a thousand criminal cases and some high-level felonies such as sex crimes, and homicides. Contact our skilled attorneys for a free consultation.
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.