Phoenix, Mesa, and Gilbert Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you confront criminal charges, you must act quickly, regardless of the severity of the charges. Defending your rights is critical, especially if you face severe penalties, which may include hefty fines, prolonged probation, and incarceration. Seek the legal advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
If you were arrested, act now. Call McPhie Law today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online, for a free consultation and case review.
Our Results in Past Criminal Defense Cases
McPhie Law handles many different cases, each one offering a different level of complexity. We help clients with the challenges of addressing time-sensitive and life-altering situations. Our legal experience and extensive resources help our lawyers achieve the most favorable outcome possible in many of our cases.
One primary reason for our success is the past experience of our firm’s founder, attorney Ryan McPhie, as a prosecutor. This experience provides our firm with a thorough understanding of the legal system and prosecutorial strategies. We know the tactics the prosecution will likely use, and we devise our legal defense to counter these tactics.
McPhie Law’s Criminal Defense Practice
McPhie Law practices in several areas of criminal defense, including:
- Assault – Arizona courts take physical and sexual assault seriously. Aggravated assault is a felony in the state, so protect yourself from these charges by hiring McPhie Law.
- Driving under the influence (DUI) – Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) more than 0.08 percent is against the law in Arizona. You may face incarceration if convicted of accusations of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Drug crimes – The prosecution bases the severity of a drug crime on the type of substance and the amount it accuses you of possessing. Drug crimes include those linked to the possession, transportation, production, and sale of illegal substances.
- Domestic violence – Domestic violence often encompasses assault, battery, or abuse of a spouse, child, roommate, romantic partner, or other family member.
- Shoplifting – A court may charge shoplifting as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the financial value of the goods allegedly stolen.
- Felonies – A felony charge means you could face imprisonment, potentially for many years. Felony charges include arson, manslaughter, burglary, tax evasion, and some DUI and drug charges.
- Misdemeanors – Arizona misdemeanor charges include petty theft, solicitation, reckless driving, disorderly conduct, and much more.
The Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Criminal convictions can come with serious consequences. Even a conviction for a misdemeanor can leave a lasting impact on your life. If you face criminal charges, you need an experienced attorney to represent you throughout the process.
For example, consider the consequences of a domestic violence conviction. Depending on the circumstances, the court may require you to pay steep fines, serve jail time, seek treatment, and end contact with your family. Furthermore, the conviction will likely go on your criminal record, which may result in other long-term consequences.
Convictions for drug crimes can also derail your life for years. The social stigma associated with drug use, coupled with a drug conviction on your criminal record, may prevent you from obtaining employment. You also may face prison time, significant fines, and mandatory treatment. Drug convictions can even hurt your ability to retain custody of your children.
Furthermore, minors can also face criminal charges, and should seek the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible in the court process, because rebounding from criminal convictions early in life can prove hard. A conviction may prevent a minor from attending college, securing a loan, and finding employment. Hiring an attorney can limit the negative consequences associated with a conviction, and set up the minor for the best possible future.
Many people fail to realize the severe consequences that can accompany DUI charges. If you are a commercial driver, a single DUI conviction may cost you your job, and both commercial and private drivers run the risk of losing their driver’s licenses for significant periods of time.
Strong Defenses Against Gilbert Criminal Charges
If you or a loved one faces serious criminal charges, hire an attorney immediately to ensure the best possible result. Once you retain representation, your attorney will handle everything from routine paperwork to cross-examining witnesses in the courtroom. Your attorney will also lay out the best defense strategies for your case’s specific circumstances.
To bolster your case, your attorney may introduce evidence and interview witnesses, with the goal to create reasonable doubt that you committed any of the charged crimes. Your attorney may even present a self-defense argument if you are facing charges like assault, manslaughter, or murder, in which case you may argue that you had to use force to protect yourself.
In some cases, an attorney may demonstrate that a defendant did not willfully commit a crime. For example, a woman may face DUI charges after someone else slipped a date-rape drug into her drink, and may have started driving before the drugs took effect.
Even if you are charged with a low-level felony, enlisting strong legal representation remains vital. For example, your lawyer may successfully negotiate to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor, either immediately or once you have successfully completed probation. In addition, attorneys can often negotiate to reduce drug charges, which can prevent you from serving jail time.
When you consult a criminal defense attorney, you will discuss the options for your defense. Attorneys approach cases differently based on the specific facts of your situation as well as their own experiences, skills, and education. At McPhie Law, we have significant experience representing criminal defendants facing a wide range of charges.
The Cost of Hiring a Strong Criminal Defense Lawyer
At McPhie Law, we offer free consultations, during which you can discuss the specifics of your case and learn about your options. Oftentimes, the cost of hiring an attorney is well worth the benefits of legal representation. You may avoid jail time, hefty fines, and permanent consequences.
Call McPhie Law Now
If you or a loved one faces criminal charges in Phoenix, Mesa, or Gilbert, Arizona, we can help. Call McPhie Law today at (480) 400-5555, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation.