Mesa Criminal Defense Lawyers
A criminal conviction has wide-reaching impacts on those accused of an illegal act. They are at risk of losing their freedom. They could lose their family, their job and other integral areas of their lives are at risk as well.
A criminal lawyer may provide the answers and defense you need. Our criminal defense attorneys serve clients around the valley and in Mesa & Gilbert.
The attorneys at Fowler St. Clair carefully and thoroughly assess the cases that are presented to them. Their goal is to give full assurance that they can defend their clients. They stay within the parameters of the law and they keep their ethical code intact.
Arizona has strict laws and a well-earned reputation for tough law enforcement. As a result, it is imperative for defendants to have bold, persuasive and educated defense attorneys on their side.
What is Criminal Law?
Criminal law concerns trying those who commit crimes. The case outcome determines whether a defendant will be punished for an alleged crime and if so, what that punishment might be.
Cornell Law School goes into more detail regarding how these cases are handled. Most cases ask three questions:
- Did the person commit a crime?
- What crime did they commit?
- Do they have defense?
What Criminal Defense Lawyers Do
These attorneys represent alleged criminals in a court of law. Under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, every person accused of a crime has a right to representation by an attorney. However, this doesn’t guarantee a right to any private attorney. To get a private criminal defense attorney, you must specifically hire one. There are many benefits to hiring your own attorney versus using a public defender.
Public defenders are a common choice for those facing criminal charges. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that they often have overwhelming caseloads. Their work leaves them with little time to devote to the thorough research needed to put together a strong case on behalf of a criminal defendant.
In contrast, Fowler St. Clair prides itself on the close connection its attorneys keep with their clients, ensuring that adequate time is spent on each case.
Criminal law attorneys can provide value to a defendant during all phases of a criminal prosecution, from the investigation and interview process, to pre-trial and ultimately trial of the case itself. Having assistance from an attorney can alleviate the stress of the prosecution.
In most cases, prosecutions end prior to trial. This can happen in a couple of different ways. Sometimes, the lawyer may convince the prosecutor to drop charges entirely if he or she can demonstrate that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence.
In other cases, an attorney will help you negotiate a plea bargain. A plea bargain is where the prosecutor offers a reduced charge and/or penalty in exchange for stipulated judgment between the parties.
If a criminal defense attorney is involved early enough, he or she may also have the chance to reduce your bail.
Arizona Courts take Probation Violation charges seriously. Those accused of this crime need competent and effective legal representation.
- Probation violation in Arizona encompasses many different offenses including:
- Failure to report to a probation officer
- Possession of firearms or illegal drugs
- Failure to pay fines or restitution to victims
- Failure to enroll in rehabilitation programs
- Failure to complete community service hours
- and more …
The experienced lawyers at Fowler St. Clair work hard to present an exceptional defense for suspected probation violations. Reinstating probation is our goal in these cases. We help clients avoid serving any additional jail time.
Theft of Means of Transportation
Police officers strictly enforce Theft of Means laws in Arizona. They can include a number of violations aside from the typical assumption that a suspect purposely stole a motor vehicle.
Even minor violations can cause Theft of Means charges to be brought against a defendant, such as borrowing a vehicle with the owner’s permission. The charges increase if the borrower fails to return the vehicle at the agreed time.
Those convicted of Theft of Means face a mandatory prison sentence of a minimum of 2.5 years. Some face potentially as long as seven years. Arizona Department of Corrections requires these sentence lengths.
People facing a Theft of Means charge need competent and experienced legal representation. Our criminal lawyers have the skills to handle even the toughest Theft of Means cases. We can even represent those accused who have a history of multiple vehicular crimes.
White Collar Crimes
In Arizona, criminal laws involving white collar crimes can encompass a variety of charges such as:
- Identity theft
- Computer and Internet crimes
- Business crimes
- and more
Often, white-collar criminal charges are the result of unintentional violations or those charged are accused based on mistaken evidence or testimony. If you’ve been charged with a white-collar crime, you need qualified legal representation that can help uncover every aspect of the charges you face.
Fowler St. Clair Criminal Law Experience
The attorney you hire should have knowledge of how Arizona Courts work. But you’ll need more than that to succeed in your case. You need criminal attorneys who are familiar with the proceedings of Mesa Court Systems including:
- Mesa Municipal Court
- North Mesa Justice Court
- East Mesa Justice Court
- West Mesa Justice Court
The skilled and dedicated legal team at Fowler St. Clair is committed to help defend any criminal charge with diligence and determination. The attorneys at Fowler St. Clair will build and present a comprehensive and persuasive case on your behalf.
The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Fowler St. Clair will work on your behalf and help resolve your case as quickly and effectively as possible. If you have been accused of or arrested for a crime and you live in the Mesa, AZ area or any of the surrounding communities, contact the law offices of Fowler St. Clair for assistance.
Our Approach To Criminal Defense
Building lasting relationships based on trust, mutual respect and dedication to clients sets Fowler St. Clair apart.
Leveraging a focused team of experienced attorneys, Fowler St. Clair has the skills, tenacity, and fortitude necessary to overcome today’s legal obstacles without losing sight of our clients’ best interests.
Whether it’s taking a client out to lunch or just calling to check-in, Fowler St. Clair goes the extra mile to build strong partnerships. Fowler St. Clair establishes a solid foundation upon which all future efforts and results are built.
Committed to providing results through outstanding legal service along with stellar customer service, Fowler St. Clair’s approach is one that clients rely upon for their success.