Tempe Criminal Defense Law Firm Facts
Criminal convictions can impact your life negatively now and well into the future. If you are a resident of Tempe or an out-of-state Arizona State University (ASU) student—and you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime—it is crucial to contact a Tempe criminal defense attorney immediately.
The legal team at McPhie Law has years of experience protecting the rights of defendants, whether in court or during behind-the-scenes negotiations. As a former prosecutor, our lead attorney—Ryan McPhie—has handled thousands of criminal cases from the prosecution side and from the defense side. This experience working as both a prosecutor and defense attorney is invaluable for our clients. Call us today for a free consultation at (480) 400-5555.
Our Past Results
McPhie Law has successfully represented numerous individuals charged with crimes in Tempe. Many of our clients have been so pleased with McPhie Law’s representation that they have left testimonials lauding the firm’s work. Below we highlight some of our past results.
In the summer of 2017, McPhie Law assisted a driver whom police pulled over for driving with his bright lights on. The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, took him to the police station, and charged him with DUI. Ryan McPhie was able get the criminal charges dismissed.
McPhie Law has also managed to have DUI charges reduced to reckless driving in many past cases. In June 2017, a former client praised Ryan McPhie on his unwavering pursuit of justice, his forthrightness, and his knowledge of the law after achieving such a result and saving his career.
In 2018, Ryan McPhie assisted an Arizona client involved in a hit and run accident to secure a very beneficial plea agreement, allowing him to plead “responsible” to a civil traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense, according to the client. The client specifically applauded the high level of communication offered by McPhie Law, which he said made the entire process less stressful than he imagined.
Types of Criminal Defense Cases Handled by McPhie Law
At McPhie Law, our Tempe criminal defense attorneys represent individuals charged with many different types of crimes, including:
- Drug crimes. The severity of a drug crime is determined by the type and amount of the substance involved. Drug crimes include the production, possession, sale, and transportation of an illegal substance.
- Assault. In Arizona, sexual and physical assault are serious offenses, and aggravated assault—498 instances of which took place in Tempe in 2014— is charged as a felony.
- Shoplifting. State courts can charge shoplifting as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the monetary value of the items allegedly stolen and how the items were removed from the business.
- Domestic violence. Domestic violence involves the abuse of a spouse, roommate, child, family member, or romantic partner. These charges are aggressively charged, many times against the named victim’s wishes. Domestic Violence has devastating future effects. However, they are some of our most common types of cases and we have an exceptionally high success rate in achieving dismissals or reductions in charges.
A felony charge can result in imprisonment, potentially for decades. Felony charges in Arizona include, but are not limited to:
- Most drug-related charges
- Tax evasion
- Aggravated DUI charges
- Sexual offenses
- Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Violence
Misdemeanor charges can come with serious consequences as well, albeit less severe than those associated with felony charges. Misdemeanors in Arizona include, but are not limited to:
- Petty theft and shoplifting
- Disorderly conduct
- Reckless driving
- Domestic Violence
Additional types of criminal cases that we handle at McPhie Law include:
- White collar crimes
- Sex crimes
- Criminal traffic violations, and more
Defending ASU Students
At McPhie Law, we have had the pleasure of representing many ASU students. If a Sun Devil has any legal problems, we want them to know that we are nearby to assist them however we can. If you are an ASU student and you’re charged with a crime, call McPhie Law as soon as possible. We will zealously advocate for you in court; we will also ensure that the judge and prosecutor are aware that you are an ASU student and of the additional consequences that a criminal conviction may have on your status with the university. Some of the most common crimes committed by ASU students are:
- Drug possession
- Domestic Violence
- Disorderly Conduct
- Underage liquor possession or consumption
Crimes occur on campuses nationwide, but false accusations and illegal arrests are also common. At McPhie Law, we strive to protect the future of young students charged with crimes. We understand that people make mistakes, and we don’t want you facing criminal charges without an experienced lawyer by your side. If you find yourself confused and concerned about how a criminal conviction may impact the rest of your life, we can assist you in understanding your rights. If we represent you, we will aggressively work to protect your rights, reputation, and future.
Criminal Defense and Trial Techniques
Criminal cases and civil cases differ significantly in many respects. Criminal cases are brought by the government, rather than a private party like a person or company. Below we discuss some features of a criminal case.
- The burden of proof is on the prosecution to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the charged crimes.
- The first step involves a judge reviewing the case and advising the defendant of the charges.
- The judge also decides whether the complaint contains the requisite information and whether to keep the defendant in custody until trial, to impose a bail amount, or to release the defendant on his or her own recognizance.
- At arraignment, the defendant also enters a plea—almost always not guilty if represented by counsel.
- If the defendant pleads guilty and chooses to forgo a trial, the judge imposes a sentence.
- The defendant may enter into a plea agreement with the prosecution, which usually involves pleading guilty to some or all of the charges in exchange for a reduction in charges or lighter sentence than the defendant would otherwise face following a guilty verdict at trial.
- If the defendant pleads not guilty, the judge schedules a trial and any other necessary hearings.
- If a person is found not guilty at trial, he or she is released immediately.
- If trial results in a guilty verdict, the judge will determine the defendant’s sentence, usually at a later date and time.
Following a guilty plea or verdict, the criminal sentence may include:
- Time in prison
- A fine paid to the government
- Restitution to victims
- Supervision and specific probation conditions, like mandatory treatment programs, substance abuse testing, home confinement, electronic monitoring, and job counseling.
Alternative Results in Criminal Cases
Criminal cases don’t always end with a guilty or not guilty verdict. Attorneys with experience representing criminal defendants often work toward alternative resolutions, including:
- Dismissal. A criminal case may result in dismissal either with or without prejudice. If a court dismisses a case with prejudice, the defendant cannot be charged again; whereas if a court dismisses a court without prejudice, the prosecution has the option to refile the case at a later date.
- Plea agreement. The defendant pleads guilty to a crime, sometimes an altogether different crime than charged in the initial complaint, in exchange for some form of leniency.
- Pretrial diversion. Under certain circumstances, often if a defendant has not been charged with a crime before or if other mitigating circumstances exist, a court will hold on to a case while the defendant undergoes a rehabilitative program, such as drug treatment, and make a final decision at a later date. Oftentimes, the court will dismiss the charges if the defendant successfully completes the terms of his or her diversion.
Additional Tempe Legal Defense Law Firm Facts
If you are charged with a serious crime, you may feel as if your life is falling apart. A criminal conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life, which is why, here at McPhie Law, we want to assist you in any way we can.
We are proud to offer free consultations, during which we ask you questions, listen to your side of the story, and help you ascertain your rights and what to do next. Call McPhie Law today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online, and get help now.
With offices in Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, we are close to Tempe and we are constantly representing clients in those Courts. We know the prosecutors and judges and how to get the best possible outcome in each case.
We are close to the Tempe Municipal Court, located at 140 East Fifth Street—a little more than a mile from Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. If you need transportation to the courthouse or to our offices, see if Valley Metro bus and rail services will get you there.
Our Gilbert Office
207 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 001
Located in Downtown Gilbert on Gilbert Road between Elliott and Guadalupe on the East side of the street in Heritage Court.
Our Mesa Office
2266 South Dobson Road, Suite 200
Take Highway 60 to South Dobson Road and head south. We are on the west side of the street, across from Dobson Ranch Golf Course.