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It can be incredibly terrifying to face a criminal charge in Arizona. However, when you take steps to secure a skilled attorney to defend your rights in court, you take steps to secure your future. At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our experienced team is ready to investigate every aspect of your case. We are here when you need a NW Phoenix criminal defense lawyer to defend you in court.
Facing criminal charges requires help from an experienced defense attorney, and you can count on the team at The Law Offices of John Phebus to stand by your side.
After being charged with a crime, contact our office to schedule a free case review with one of our attorneys. We have office locations in Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. Call (623) 847-7117.
Criminal charges are not uncommon, but they can be daunting to face. At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our criminal defense attorneys in Phoenix have experiencing handling many types of criminal defense cases. While this is not a complete list of cases we handle, we regularly assist clients with the following:
These charges range from a misdemeanor to felony offenses, and they can result in serious consequences for a person upon conviction. This can include:
Each case is different, and the penalties will vary depending on the charges. In some cases, there are mandatory prison sentences applied to a guilty verdict.
The Law Offices of John Phebus are proud to offer our criminal defense services to the Phoenix area along with our other practice areas. If you’ve been charged with a crime such as domestic violence, under 21 alcohol consumption, DUI, or a number of other criminal offenses in the Phoenix area, then contact our office for a consultation and let us see what we can do for you.
Our principle is simple. We will do everything we can to ensure our clients are treated fairly and justly by the legal system and that the punishments handed down are fair and appropriate. We know that everyone makes mistakes, but that doesn’t mean they have to go it alone or be treated unjustly.
Navigating the legal system alone can feel like an impossible task. The fact is, you’re entitled to certain rights and protections under the law even if you’ve been accused of a crime. The best way to know your rights and be treated fairly by the legal system is by having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible.
A criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome in your case by:
Unfortunately, it can be incredibly difficult for a person to go up against prosecutors by themselves, and an overworked public defender is not going to help. Your NW Phoenix criminal defense attorney will conduct their own investigation into your case in order to formulate a defense strategy on your behalf.
It is important to understand that the defense strategies used by attorneys differ depending on the facts of each particular case. Some of the most common tactics we use to defend clients include:
In many cases, we will be able to show that the police made procedural errors or violated your rights when they arrested you and applied charges.
In order to understand your rights and the need for a criminal defense attorney, it helps to know the steps in how a criminal case will typically progress. While each case is unique and circumstances can change, there is a general order in how things proceed in a criminal case.
The following steps summarize how most cases progress through the system:
If an individual is accused of committing any type of crime that could result in incarceration time if they’re found guilty (drug crimes excluded), then there will be at least one court date.
At this initial appearance before the judge many different things happen such as setting bail conditions; scheduling future court appearances; and establishing the next court date.
After a defendant’s initial appearance before the judge, there will be at least one more scheduled court date. At this subsequent hearing, they are required to appear by law and answer any charges against them in front of the presiding judge or magistrate (unless their lawyer says otherwise).
A preliminary hearing is a low-level court proceeding, which typically lasts only minutes and can be done by phone. The defendant does not have to attend the hearing but they may choose to do so in order for their name to be cleared if convicted at trial.
The purpose of this stage is for a judge or magistrate who reviews documents and evidence submitted from the prosecutor’s office (usually police reports) as well as any witnesses that testify about what happened during an alleged crime.
A compelling case must exist before probable cause can be found against the accused person/s, otherwise charges will likely be dropped after this phase of trial. This judicial decision usually takes place within 48 hours from arrest with exceptions being made on weekends or holidays when time constraints delay the process.
If the case moves beyond the preliminary hearing, the next step is usually for the defendant to be arraigned. This initial court hearing will answer a number of important questions including: whether or not bail should be denied, what charges are being levied against the accused and if he/she is allowed out on bond pending trial.
Additionally, in some cases involving felonies (serious crimes), an individual may have to post collateral before release from custody while awaiting their day in court.
When it comes time for a criminal defense lawyer to work with his client’s case, there are many ways they can help lessen consequences that would otherwise result from conviction such as probation instead of jail sentence or getting drug possession charges dropped down to less serious ones like marijuana possession or paraphernalia use.
An arraignment is a court proceeding where the accused enters their plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges against them. The defendant will also be able to enter any changes they would like in bail conditions, if applicable. This hearing does not determine guilt and it’s only used for establishing formal charges.
No one should ever plead guilty before consulting with an attorney about how best to proceed with their case because no two cases are alike and there can always be unforeseen circumstances that could arise during trial that might have long-term consequences or impact the outcome of the subsequent trial.
After arraignment is complete the trial moves forward to the next phase, which is the discovery phase.
Discovery is a process where each side shares evidence with one another and attorneys have to confer with their clients about what they plan on doing for trial.
This stage in criminal cases takes place during two phases: pre-trial motions and jury selection. This is when lawyers determine whether or not it’s worth taking a plea deal by evaluating all of the pros and cons associated with pleading guilty versus going forward to trial. Post-trial motions happen after the verdict has been reached, either in favor of the verdict or against it.
The final stages are sentencing (if convicted) or acquittal – there will be no more court proceedings after this point unless new information comes out that warrants an appeal. The defendant must wait at least 30 days before they may appeal.
A criminal defense attorney is vital during the discovery phase because they are able to argue and challenge the evidence against you and even present evidence of their own that will work in your favor. In many cases, having a criminal defense attorney has the potential to lessen or even null and void charges that have been raised against you versus having no legal counsel.
If you or somebody you care about is facing criminal charges in the state of Arizona, take steps to secure a skilled defense attorney immediately. At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our team is ready to get to work on your behalf. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your case in an effort to build a solid defense. The goal of our NW Phoenix criminal defense lawyers is to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. You can call our office at (623) 847-7117 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at any of our Arizona locations, we represent clients throughout Maricopa County.