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Facing criminal charges is an extremely stressful time for anyone, as a conviction can lead to incarceration, the loss of your freedom, costly fines, and a criminal record with the potential to impact many areas of your life in the future. Whether you are facing DUI charges, domestic violence charges, or drug charges, the best way to ensure a positive outcome is by working with an experienced Scottsdale criminal defense attorney from our law firm.

Keep reading to learn more about criminal charges in Scottsdale and how one of our Scottsdale criminal defense lawyers can help you.

Should I Hire a Scottsdale Criminal Defense Attorney?

Working with a criminal defense attorney gives you the best odds of a favorable outcome, whether it be having your charges reduced, your penalties lightened, or even your case dismissed. An experienced lawyer will expertly handle the criminal justice process on your behalf using years of experience and knowledge on Maricopa County law. Your Scottsdale defense attorney will research the facts of your case, analyze the prosecutor’s case to determine the best defense strategy, negotiate with the prosecution to reduce the charges or sentence, and give you the best possible legal representation during a criminal trial.

What Types of Criminal Defense Cases Can a Scottsdale Criminal Defense Attorney Handle?

The right defense attorney will have experience in your specific type of criminal defense case. Choosing to work with The Law Offices of John Phebus means that your Scottsdale criminal defense attorney will have in-depth knowledge of all of the laws related to your case and hands-on experience with successfully navigating them. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers have spent years representing clients in many different types of Scottsdale cases, including:

Our defense lawyers have successfully represented clients in all of these types of criminal cases and more. If you are facing criminal charges or have been arrested for any type of criminal offense in Scottsdale, contact us right away for assistance. We can help you understand the charges being brought 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 owning 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 Scottsdale criminal defense 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.

Some Arizona felony charges that our experienced criminal defense lawyers have represented clients for include:

Felonies are taken seriously by the courts, judges, and juries that determine your future. A defense put together by an experienced Scottsdale defense lawyer 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 concurrently, meaning simultaneously, or carried out consecutively, meaning one after another.

Connect with a Scottsdale Criminal Defense Lawyer to Help Your Case

Your freedom and your rights are extremely important, and once they have been taken, it will change your life forever. To ensure that the law is applied fairly your case to minimize time spent in jail, fines, and negative marks on your record, work with an experienced attorney from our Scottsdale law group and you will the best outcome in your case.

If you would like to discuss options on your case and how we can provide legal help, contact The Law Offices of John Phebus today and connect with one of our highly experienced criminal defense attorneys. Call (623) 847-7117 or use our online form to set up your free consultation.