Criminal Defense Services in Maricopa County, Pinal County and Pima County Superior Court as well as Surrounding City Courts.
Being charged with a crime is a disconcerting experience that has the power to change your life and the lives of your loved ones forever. If you are convicted, not only do you stand to face possible jail time and fines, you will also carry a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life that could make it more difficult for you to get a job or buy a home. It is critical that you contact an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney as soon as you learn of the charges against you in order to protect your rights under Arizona law.
Creative Options For Serious Criminal Charges
Many attorneys will give their criminal defense clients the option to choose between a trial or a negotiated plea deal. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which neither of these two options is the best fit for the client and his or her particular case. At DuMond Law, we go above and beyond to look for more creative options for serious criminal charges, including counseling, community service, alcohol and drug treatment, and deferred entry of judgment.
We will evaluate your case thoroughly to determine where its strengths and weaknesses are, and we’ll give you the information you need to make critical decisions about your case. By working with one of our seasoned Arizona criminal defense lawyers, you can be confident that your case is in good hands and that your defense will be built as strong as it can be. Our ultimate goal is to have the charges against you dismissed entirely or reduced, and we will fight aggressively for the best possible outcome for your case.
At DuMond Law, we handle the following types of cases:
DUI (driving under the influence) is a criminal offense that involves operating a motor vehicle while with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater or while one’s abilities are impaired due to alcohol or drug use.
Is charged against a driver who stands accused of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .15%, nearly twice the legal limit. Enhanced penalties apply in these cases, so it is crucial to involve an attorney.
May be charged against a defendant who is accused of DUI with: a minor in the vehicle, while with a suspended license, causing an injury accident or having three or more previous DUI convictions.
Trafficking, distribution, manufacturing and cultivation are all types of drug crimes. Depending on the drug involved, serious penalties may result. Simple possession without prior offenses may qualify individuals for probation or other alternative sentences. Our attorney’s have an extensive understanding of offenses involving drug crimes including narcotics and prescription drugs.
There are two main types of computer or internet related crimes: those that involve sex offenses and those dealing with fraud. If you have been arrested for a computer crimes, you could be facing a felony or misdemeanor offense.
Although this is a misdemeanor offense, it should still be taken very seriously. If you were arrested for disrupting the peace, loitering or even having a party that disrupted the neighbors, talk to a criminal defense attorney for legal counsel.
Spousal abuse, child abuse and any form of violence against a family member, spouse or ex-spouse or person one lives with may be considered domestic violence. In Arizona, domestic violence charges may be filed against an alleged offender with or without the victim’s permission or request.
A criminal record may negatively impact one’s reputation, employment and housing, educational and financial opportunities. Fortunately, there may be a way to clear or seal your criminal record. Only certain crimes can make a person eligible for an expungement. Speak with an attorney from the firm to learn if you meet the qualification standards.
Crimes against the federal government, committed across state lines or national borders and committed on federal property may be investigated by federal agencies such as the FBI or CIA and charged in federal court.
All crimes are classified according to the particular penalties that may be imposed upon a conviction. A felony is the most serious type of crime one can be accused of committing, and penalties may range from one year to life in state prison. Felonies are separated by classes, with a Class 1 felony being the most serious.
These are regular criminal offenses, but the motivation behind these crimes is hatred or bias. For example, vandalism can be charged as a regular criminal offense, but if the vandalism involves spray-painting religious slurs on a church, then it could be charged as a hate crime.
When a minor under the age of 18 is accused of committing a crime, he or she will face juvenile court proceedings. In some serious cases, however, the minor may be tried as an adult. The serious impact of a juvenile crime offense makes involving a lawyer absolutely essential.
Kidnapping is a felony offense that involves taking and holding or moving another person against their will, without consent or by fraud/deception. This crime may be charged in state or federal court, depending on the particular situation. Kidnapping charges are also common in custody cases.
These investigations take place before criminal charges are even filed. If you are a suspect in a crime, then you could be investigated to see if there is enough evidence to charge you.
Failure to report to one’s probation officer, drug or alcohol abuse, associating with known criminals and committing a crime are all examples of potential probation violations. Challenging these is important if you wish to avoid serious penalties.
Criminal offenses are broken down into two main categories: property crimes and crimes against the person. Crimes against the person (or public) can involve sex crimes, assault and DUI while property crimes involve arson, burglary, etc.
Attempting to resist lawful arrest by a law enforcement officer is illegal, even if one believes the arrest is unjustified.
Criminal offenses of a sexual nature, involving forced sexual activity, sexual conduct with minors and deviant sex acts, are some of the most serious criminal offenses a person may be accused of committing. A conviction will mean mandatory listing on the sex offender registry as well as extended imprisonment and fines.
Taking another’s property without permission, by force or by deception may constitute the criminal offense of theft. There are various types of theft crimes – shoplifting, robbery, burglary, fraud, identity theft, etc. – and our firm handles them all.
Many traffic offenses are infractions, but some are misdemeanors. Speeding, running a red light and drunk driving are all types of traffic offenses. In addition to possible criminal penalties, you could face administrative penalties such as points against your driver license.
Certain areas are forbidden to the public or are only permitted for authorized personnel. If you are charged with trespassing on private property, this could be a misdemeanor. If you are charged with trespassing on state or government property, you could be facing a felony.
Were you restrained or placed in detention without proper cause? Without justification or a valid suspicion that criminal offense was committed, then this could constitute unlawful or false imprisonment.
Crimes of violence are serious offenses that may have a tremendous impact on a defendant’s life if convicted. In these matters, our criminal defense firm fights to protect our clients’ rights. Many crimes that involve the use of violence or excessive force are considered aggravated offenses which could increase penalties. An act, attempt or threat of violence against another person may constitute the criminal offense of assault. This may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, usually depending on whether a weapon was involved. Individuals can be arrested for assault even if there was no physical violence, but merely threatened violence.
Are two of the most serious criminal offenses that our firm handles. Murder involves a premeditated crime while manslaughter involves the death of another but without premeditation.
A defendant may face various criminal charges for offenses related to weapons and firearms. Unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal weapon and unlawful distribution or sale of weapons may all constitute weapon crimes. There are many types of deadly weapons other than guns and other firearms such as knives, brass knuckles, etc. If a weapon is used in conjunction with another crime, it may be considered an aggravated offense with more severe penalties.
Embezzlement, identity theft, fraud and counterfeiting are all examples of white collar crimes, which generally include non-violent theft crimes committed in a business, financial or political setting. Many white collar crimes are tried in federal court.
Don’t Speak With Law Enforcement Without First Speaking to Your Attorney
Under the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution, you have the right to an attorney as soon as you learn you are charged of a crime. You do not have to issue a statement to law enforcement officials, even if they pressure you to do so or offer you a deal of some sort. It is always in your best interest to contact an attorney right away before speaking to the police, and to only provide information to them that has been approved by your attorney.
If you have been charged with any of the above crimes, contact DuMond Law today to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.