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    DUI Attorney Tempe – My AZ Legal Team, PLLC

    At the Arizona Criminal Defense Group LLC, your defense is our only priority.

    Contact us today for a free consultation. We routinely handle matters in Maricopa County and nearby jurisdictions.

    DUI Attorney Tempe

    Criminal charges in Maricopa County are extremely frightening, whether they are misdemeanors or felonies. Arizona is a tough-on-crime state, so most offenses carry lengthy jail or prison sentences and call for very high fines. Additionally, the collateral consequences of these offenses, especially in areas like DUIs and sex crimes, may be worse than the direct consequences. The process is intimidating as well. Single-minded Maricopa County prosecutors are only interested in convictions. Call to speak with an experienced DUI attorney Tempe.

    In times like these, there is no substitute for experience. The seasoned attorneys at the Arizona Criminal Defense Group have the expertise you need. Starting from day one, we diligently work on your defense, and we are not satisfied with anything less than the best [possible result. Furthermore, our accessible attorneys are available 24/7/365 to answer any questions you have.

    Legal fees are never a problem at the Arizona Criminal Defense Group. We ask for no money upfront; rather, we offer free consultations in person, over the phone, or via Skype/Facetime. We also offer reduced fees which meet or beat a competitor’s rate. We also offer convenient payment plans.

    In all kinds of criminal cases, it is important to call us quickly. A dedicated and knowledgeable legal team can quickly and favorably resolve even the most serious charges. In many cases, these resolutions involve not a single day behind bars. The sooner we start work, the better your defense will be, and the prospect of a successful outcome climbs even more.

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    Why Should I Hire the My AZ Legal Team?

    During the course of your case, the attorneys at the Arizona Criminal Defense Group are committed to protecting your rights. Just like you have rights in court, you also have rights when it comes to hiring the best possible criminal defense attorney.

    Overall, your attorney should have a conversation with you and fully understand your needs and goals in a situation. Furthermore, your attorney should treat you like a partner and not a customer. And, your attorney should offer reasonable retainer options and payment plans.

    You’ll find all those things at the Arizona Criminal Defense Group. Our law firm also has some specific attributes, including:

    • An A+ rating with the Better Business Review,
    • Many positive online reviews from satisfied clients,
    • Budget-friendly fees and payment plans,
    • 24/7/365 availability,
    • A free consultation with an attorney instead of a secretary or paralegal,
    • Locations throughout Arizona, and
    • Experienced DUI attorney Tempe.



    Before 1990, DUI was little more than a serious traffic ticket. But then, legislators began passing sweeping new anti-DUI laws, and police departments developed new tools to enforce these laws. Courts endorsed the laws and practices almost every step of the way.

    So, DUI is now one of the most serious and most commonly-charged misdemeanors in Maricopa County. The harsh consequences endure even after the case is over, in many cases. Drivers’ license suspension and sky-high auto insurance rates are two good illustrations.

    Fortunately, the breath or blood tests that police use to establish intoxication are not infallible. Furthermore, the field sobriety tests officers use, like the walking-a-straight-line test, are based on shaky science.

    Because of flaws like these, an attorney can often either engineer a very favorable out-of-court settlement or obtain a not-guilty verdict at trial.

    Drug Crimes

    The war against drugs has been going on even longer than the war against drunk drivers. Initially, this effort focused almost exclusively on drug traffickers who dealt in hallucinogenic “street drugs,” like LSD and cocaine.

    Police and prosecutors still aggressively target these individuals, but the drug crime dragnet has expanded. Prescription painkiller cases, such as unlawful possession or altering a prescription label, now crowd the dockets in Maricopa County drug courts. Methamphetamine prosecutions are common as well. Many meth ingredients are legal to purchase and possess. Finally, marijuana is still illegal in Arizona. And, the Grand Canyon State’s marijuana possession laws are some of the harshest ones in the country.

    Drug trafficking prosecutions often have lots of moving parts. As a result, procedural flaws, like invalid search warrants, are often an issue.

    Furthermore, simple possession cases are far from simple, at least as far as prosecutors are concerned. In court, prosecutors must establish more than mere proximity. They must establish every element of possession beyond a reasonable doubt. Typically, that’s an extremely daunting task.

    In many cases, assault prosecutions come about after a passionate argument got slightly out of hand. Continuing a familiar theme, Arizona’s assault laws are very broad. The defendant need not cause an injury to be tried for, and convicted of, assault in Maricopa County. Furthermore, in aggravated assault cases, the defendant need not use a knife, gun, or other traditional weapon.


    Assault sentences are very harsh as well. The potential jail or prison time is much more than a brief “cooling off” period. These cases also involve lengthy court supervision that is laden with classes to attend and other burdensome features.

    There are a number of defenses available in these cases. For example, Arizona is a “stand your ground” state where it is easier to establish self-defense or defense of others.

    Domestic Violence

    Much like DUIs, domestic violence prosecutions have both direct and collateral consequences. In many ways, the collateral consequences may be worse than the direct consequences, and that is saying a lot.

    Domestic violence assault cases are still a political hot button, so Maricopa County prosecutors pursue them more aggressively than any other type of misdemeanor. Additionally, these convictions have significant collateral consequences. Domestic violence is one of the few misdemeanor convictions which can eliminate your right to own a gun. Additionally, these criminal prosecutions often involve protective orders and other parallel proceedings. Finally, a domestic violence conviction haunts people in family court, even years or decades after the case is over.

    Self-defense is an excellent defense in domestic violence cases. There may be some other defenses as well, such as a lack of evidence. As mentioned, the defendant need not cause injury to be convicted of assault. However, non-injury assaults are more difficult to prove in court. And, the state must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Continuing a familiar theme, few prosecutions combine direct and collateral consequences more than sex crimes. This broad umbrella term includes a wide array of cases, from indecent exposure and pronography possession to extremely violent sexual offenses.

    Direct consequences, such as prison time and high fines, are incredibly harsh, but they soon pass. The collateral consequences, however, may continue for a lifetime. Sex offender registration laws have been continually refined and updated since the mid-1990s. As a result, even the most intrusive laws routinely survive constitutional challenges. So, an offender might be branded for life. The personal consequences, in many cases, are too significant to quantify here.

    Sex crimes

    Some defenses to sex crimes include law enforcement entrapment. A reasonable belief about the alleged victim’s age or status, while not an outright defense, is definitely a mitigating circumstance.

    In terms of confrontational sex crimes, alleged victims are often mistaken. Typically, they only see the actor for a moment under poor conditions. Additionally, though it is extremely rare for alleged victims to fabricate such stories, these incidents do happen.

    Theft is an extremely broad crime as well. The defendant does not have to “steal” something to be charged with, and convicted of, a theft offense. Depriving the owner of the use of the property, including something like returning a rental vehicle past the due date, could qualify as theft. So could possession of stolen property.

    There are collateral consequences here as well. Any theft case, even issuing a bad check, is a crime of moral turpitude. Such a conviction could follow the defendant almost literally for life and derail many future job, educational, and career opportunities.

    Typically, if the defendant makes restitution and has no criminal record, prosecutors will dismiss the case after the defendant jumps through a few legal hoops. As a result, the defendant has no theft conviction record. That’s a significant plus, especially in future years.


    Theft cases are unique in that they almost completely rely on the alleged victim’s testimony. If the owner is unavailable to testify, the case usually collapses. Many times, if the theft prosecution drags on for several months or years, listed owners lose interest in the case and refuse to cooperate with prosecutors. If that happens, a very favorable outcome is almost guaranteed.

    Contrary to popular myth, there is no separate list of juvenile crimes. Children can be charged with, and convicted of, the same crimes as adults. Also contrary to popular myth, juvenile convictions do not automatically fall off people’s’ records when the individuals turn 18.

    Juvenile crimes

    Many juvenile crimes involve allegations of gang activity. In criminal organization prosecutions, the lowest-level gang member can often be charged with offenses committed at the highest level, even if the defendant did not fully know about or participate in the alleged crime.

    These prosecutions may have collateral consequences as well. When prosecutors file charges against a juvenile, they often file charges against the parents as well for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    While there is no substantive difference, juvenile crimes in Arizona are procedurally different. There is a presumption that incarceration is not the best outcome in these cases, unless the juvenile has a long criminal record and/or directly committed a violent offense. A DUI attorney Tempe can often leverage this presumption into a favorable out-of-court settlement which, in many cases, allows the child to remain at home.

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    How Do I Prepare for My Consultation with an Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer?

    Your first contact with your attorney is one of the most important points in your defense. Unless your lawyer gets off to a good start, your attorney may be playing from behind for the whole game. You have a lot to do with this good start.

    Before your consultation, gather all the court documents you have. Bring them to the meeting. True, most of this information may be available online. But not all of it is stored there. Furthermore, right at the outset, we want you to know that we are counting on you, just like you are counting on us.

    Also, prepare a brief statement which contains your side of the story. Your consultation is 100 percent confidential, so no one but you and your attorney will ever see it. Also furnish the names and contact information of any witnesses, whether or not they back your side of the story.

    Finally, write down any questions you have. This list keeps you from forgetting to ask something and also maximizes your consultation time at the Arizona Criminal Defense Group.

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    My AZ Legal Team, PLLC

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      They were absolutely amazing in handling our case!! The entire firm worked as a team and were all extremely determined to handle our case promptly ensuring things were taken care of. They had confidence in and out of the courtroom in handling our case! We were reassured constantly when things got nerve wrecking and their actions gave us faith that we would be treated fairly. I love how much knowledge they all possessed in all areas of the law.