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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Arizona

Lawyer Legion Top Picks for 2024

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Arizona. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys, DUI defense attorneys, and other lawyers in Arizona, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certification.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Arizona. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Marc J Victor
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Chandler, AZ
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Cindy Castillo
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Dwane Cates
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Howard A Snader
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Stephen R Glazer
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Flagstaff, AZ
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David Michael Cantor
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Julie M McDonald
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Yuma, AZ
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Craig S Orent
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Robert J Campos
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Trent R Buckallew
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Phoenix, AZ
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Nathan D Leonardo
DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tucson, AZ
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Lee Phillips
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Flagstaff, AZ
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Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) - Formed in 1986, The Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) is an organization supporting the practice of both private criminal defense attorneys and public defenders throughout the Grand Canyon State. The AACJ seeks to improve the practice of Arizona criminal defense lawyers by providing training and networking opportunities. The AACJ also serves as an advocate for a positive criminal justice reform.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Law

Criminal Law - To become a certified specialist in criminal law, the Arizona attorney must show that during a specified period, the attorney devoted at least have of his or her time spent in the full-time practice of law to "matters in which issues of criminal law are significant factors." The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization ("BLS") was granted authority to set the standards for certification in criminal law in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the BLS established by the Arizona Board of Governors.
Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Arizona Government and Court Resources

Arizona Attorney General

Arizona Attorney General - The Arizona Attorney General serves as the state's chief legal officer and is responsible for providing legal counsel to various state agencies, boards, and commissions. Appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General represents Arizona in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and oversees the enforcement of state laws. Duties include prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, providing opinions on legal questions to state officials, handling issues related to consumer protection, and advocating for the public interest.

Arizona Judicial Branch

Arizona Judicial Branch - Established upon Arizona's statehood in 1912, The Arizona Judicial Branch's duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, overseeing civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and handling matters such as family law, probate, and juvenile justice. Additionally, the Arizona judicial system operates a unique merit-based selection process for judges to maintain independence and impartiality. It plays a pivotal role in upholding the rule of law of the state

Arizona Legislature

Arizona Legislature - The Arizona Legislature is a bicameral body composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House has 60 members serving two-year terms, while the Senate consists of 30 members with four-year terms. Together, they are responsible for creating and passing laws that govern the state, proposing and debating bills, levying taxes, and allocating state funds. The Additionally, legislators address policy issues, representing the interests of Arizona's citizens and ensuring the proper functioning of the state government.

Arizona Public Defender's Office

Arizona Public Defender's Office - The Arizona Public Defender's Office was established to provide defense services to individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. The primary duties of the Arizona Public Defender's Office encompass providing legal counsel, representation, and advocacy for indigent individuals involved in criminal cases or legal proceedings. The office aims to uphold the principles of justice, ensuring that all individuals, irrespective of their financial status, receive fair treatment under the law

Arizona Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court - The Arizona Supreme Court stands as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Serving as an appellate court, it reviews decisions made by lower courts to ensure they align with Arizona laws and the state constitution. Its duties encompass hearing appeals on a wide range of cases, both civil and criminal, resolving disputes, and providing legal guidance that sets precedents for lower courts and state agencies. The court oversees the legal profession, including attorney admissions, disciplinary actions, and the establishment of ethical standards to ensure the integrity and professionalism of the legal community in Arizona.

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