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Facing criminal charges can be an extremely stressful experience, as a conviction can lead to incarceration and the loss of your freedom, costly fines and the potential of a criminal record that can impact many areas of your life in the future. Criminal charges are not to be taken lightly, and the best way to ensure you put forward the strongest possible defense in your support is by working with an experienced Scottsdale criminal defense attorney.

To discuss options on your case and how we can help, one of the highly experienced Scottsdale criminal defense lawyers from The Law Offices of John Phebus is standing by, and read on to learn more about criminal charges in Scottsdale and how an attorney can help.

Should I Hire a Defense Attorney?

A criminal defense attorney gives you the best odds of having your charges reduced, your penalties lightened or even your case dismissed. A lawyer will expertly handle the criminal justice process on your behalf using years of experience and case knowledge. This includes researching the facts of the case, analyzing the prosecutor’s case to determine the best defense strategy, negotiating with the prosecution to reduce the charges or sentence, and representing you during a criminal trial.

Types of Criminal Defense Cases We Handle 

The right defense lawyer will have experience in your specific type of criminal case. This will enable your lawyer to understand all of the laws related to your case and how to successfully navigate them. At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our attorneys have spent years representing criminal defense clients in many different types of cases, including:

  • Alcohol violations
  • Domestic violence
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Drug crimes
  • Marijuana DUI
  • Prostitution/public sexual indecency
  • Shoplifting
  • Street drag racing
  • Theft
  • Violent crimes

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in all of these criminal cases and more. If you are facing criminal charges or have been arrested for any type of offense in Scottsdale, contact us right away for assistance. We can help you understand the charges against you and give you advice on what to do next. We offer personalized defense techniques for each client.

Arizona Criminal Laws

Arizona’s Criminal Code (Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes) lists dozens of crimes and the potential penalties for each. In a criminal case, it is the prosecutor’s burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actions of the defendant meet the definition of the crime(s) charged. The list of Arizona’s criminal laws includes: 

  • Firearm laws. Arizona law outlines basic gun control regulations, including bans against some people who cannot own firearms, licensing and registration requirements, and a list of illegal firearms.
  • Assault and battery laws. It is against the law to knowingly and intentionally injure or threaten to injure someone else. If assault or threats are committed against someone in the same household, it is often charged as domestic violence.
  • Alcohol-related laws. Several state laws regulate the purchase, sale and consumption of alcohol. This includes driving under the influence laws and underage drinking.
  • Drug laws. There are also laws that regulate the possession, distribution and consumption of controlled substances, such as laws regarding marijuana, drug trafficking and drug manufacturing.
  • Property damage and theft laws. Several state laws protect an individual’s property from theft, damage, destruction and desecration by others.
  • Sexual assault laws. It is against the law in Arizona to engage in sexual contact or activity with another person without that person’s consent. Sex crimes include prostitution, indecent exposure, crimes against children and sex trafficking.

Knowing the details of the crime that you’ve been accused of can help you understand what penalties you might face and the potential defenses available. Our lawyers can carefully review the charge(s) against you and investigate the incident to give you a realistic assessment of your case.

Even a Misdemeanor in Arizona Can Be Costly

Under Arizona misdemeanor statutes, even a misdemeanor offense can have extreme consequences for your life as well as your future. Some misdemeanor crimes include not only fines, but jail time, a term of probation, and other adverse consequences, in addition to a permanent criminal conviction on your record.

Common misdemeanors we have helped Scottsdale criminal defense clients on include:

  • Reckless driving
  • Criminal speeding
  • Shoplifting
  • Trespassing
  • Prostitution
  • Open container violations
  • Minor in consumption
  • Failure to obey police
  • Public nuisance

If you are facing a misdemeanor charge on these or other charges, ensuring that the law is accurately applied to the facts and circumstances of your charge is essential. The prosecution must prove each and every element of the crime you are accused of, and working with an experienced attorney ensures that you are not convicted of something the prosecution cannot prove in line with the law.

Penalties for Felonies in Arizona 

In Arizona, there are 6 classes of felonies, each with varying terms in prison and other adverse consequences. Whichever felony you might be convicted of, all felony convictions carry potential sentencing of at least a year in jail, as well as a permanent criminal record.

Arizona felonies that our experienced Scottsdale criminal defense lawyers have represented the best interests of clients on include:

  • Attempted murder
  • Negligent homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Burglary

Felonies are taken seriously by the courts and the judges and juries that determine guilt within them. Experienced legal advocacy ensures that your case is fairly judged and that you are not held accountable for anything the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt in all aspects.

What Are the Consequences of Multiple Criminal Offenses?

If you already have a criminal conviction on your record, this can increase the penalties that you face for a second or subsequent conviction. You may also be facing multiple charges for more than one alleged crime at the same time. Prosecutors often do this in an attempt to make sure at least one charge sticks.

If you are found guilty of more than one charge against you, this will affect the sentence that the judge orders. While a judge must avoid a “double punishment” for the same type of misconduct, a judge can order two sentences to be carried out simultaneously (concurrently) or one after the other (consecutively) for two or more criminal convictions.

Connect with a Scottsdale Criminal Defense Lawyer to Help on Your Case 

Your freedom and your record are extremely important, and once they have been taken will be changed forever. To ensure that the law is accurately applied to your case to minimize time spent in jail, fines, and negative marks on your record, working with an experienced attorney who knows the law and local courts will support the best outcome in your case. 

Reach out to The Law Offices of John Phebus to schedule your free assessment or call (623) 847-7117.