Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer
Arrested? Choose Knowles Law Firm, PLC!
If you have been arrested in the Phoenix area and are facing criminal charges, Knowles Law Firm is here for you. Whether you are facing a felony or misdemeanor offense, you are going to need aggressive representation to combat the accusations against you. You need a skilled advocate who is going to defend your rights until you get the justice you deserve. So why Knowles Law Firm? There are many benefits to hiring a Phoenix criminal defense attorney from this firm.
One of these benefits is that Lead Attorney Anthony Knowles is a former police officer. This means that Mr. Knowles is intensely familiar with the Arizona criminal justice system. As a police officer, Mr. Knowles gained experience that most other criminal defense lawyers do not have. Now, when defending his clients, he is more familiar with the common pitfalls and mistakes that can happen at every level of the justice system, including the initial arrest.
Aggressive Defense from Former Prosecutors
There are other Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Knowles Law Firm that have the experience of being former prosecutors. These Phoenix criminal defense lawyers are able to see cases from a vantage point that many defense attorneys never get to experience firsthand. These lawyers understand the arguments and tactics commonly used by prosecutors. With this information in mind, Knowles Law Firm can anticipate the arguments of the prosecution and prepare a strong defense ahead of time.
Adding to the firm's experience is recognition for their skill. The firm has been included in the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona by the National Trial Lawyers Association. There are thousands of attorneys in the state of Arizona, but only 100 are included in this list. Being included in this list is an objective indicator of quality and skill. Overall, Mr. Knowles has
more than 20 years of experience in the Arizona criminal justice system. He knows the law, and he knows how to apply it to the advantage of his clients.
Criminal Cases We Handle
Crimes are commonly categorized by type and degree. For example, there are property crimes and there are violent crimes. There are also felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies and misdemeanors speak to the degree of the crime while property and violent crimes refer to the type of offense. Regardless of the type of degree of offense you have been arrested for, Knowles Law Firm is prepared to assist. Arrests typically take place in greater numbers in cities that are more densely populated. Since the population of Phoenix, Arizona is over one million, you can be sure that law enforcement is in great supply, patrolling at all times. Some of the most common types of cases we handle are drunk driving arrests and drug crimes, detailed below.
Arrested for DUI?
A DUI charge is one of the most common criminal offenses in the Phoenix area, and this is an important focus of the firm. These cases require a creative approach from a lawyer who understands the particular issues at hand in regard to breath/blood test evidence, the standard procedure for field sobriety tests, what constitutes an unlawful DUI arrest, and so much more.
Arrested for Drugs?
Drug crimes are particularly common in the Phoenix area because the city is located on a major drug trafficking highway that runs up toward California. Many drugs are illegal to use, possess, or manufacture, and the Phoenix Police Department takes an aggressive approach with drug crimes. Ultimately, a conviction can have serious and lasting consequences. It is important that you do everything you can to protect yourself from these consequences.
Other cases we are equipped and prepared to handle include violent crimes such as
weapon crimes and
sex crimes. Violent offenses are commonly classified as felonies, but this of course will differ from case to case. In some instances, an offense that would normally be considered a misdemeanor will be classified as a felony if it involved the use of excessive force or violence. Penalties may be more harsh for those who are considered "habitual offenders," that is, those who have previously been arrested and convicted for violent or serious offenses in the past. The firm also represents clients who are under investigation for non-violent offenses such as
white collar crimes,
Knowing Your Rights
If you've been arrested, it is important that you understand your rights. An arresting law enforcement official is required to inform arrestees of their rights, often referred to as "Miranda Rights." These rights come from the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution. If you were arrested, you should have been informed of the following:
- You have the right to remain silent, because anything you say or do can be used against you in court.
- You have the right to an attorney. You can consult with this attorney and have him or her present during interrogation.
- You have the right to have an attorney appointed to you if you cannot afford one.
Every person also has the right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. If your arrest was made based off of a search or seizure that was not properly substantiated, then this could constitute an illegal search and seizure. Speak with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at this firm to make sure that you are being given the rights entitled to you by law.
Defense Against Your Phoenix Criminal Charges
The Phoenix criminal court is located at South Court Tower on West Madison Street. Most people who are arrested in the greater Phoenix area have their cases heard at this location. Because the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm have been doing this for such a long time, you can be confident in our knowledge of the criminal courts. We know the judges. We have dealt directly with many of them before.
Since many of our lawyers also have experience as prosecutors and experience as police officers, our knowledge of the criminal justice system in Phoenix and Maricopa County is extensive. We have made arrests, defended those arrests in court and have prosecuted the criminally accused. Now, as criminal defense attorneys, we are staunch advocates of those arrested for criminal offenses and use our past experiences to their benefit.
You can trust our proven defense strategies will give you a fighting chance to get your charges reduced or dismissed completely. No two cases are the same, so no two cases will be treated the same. The defenses used will differ drastically depending on the type of crime committed, so contact our firm directly to discuss your case and the strategies that might be available to you.
If you have already been convicted, there is the option of expungements that are available to some qualifying individuals. Knowles Law Firm can represent clients to get charges on their criminal record sealed.
Call Knowles Law Firm for a free consultation!
If you have been arrested and are facing the possibility of a conviction, you understand that the attorney you choose to represent you could mean the difference between your declared guilt and innocence. Your future is on the line, which means you cannot afford to hire a law firm that is under-qualified for the job. The advantages of hiring this firm are many. Knowles Law Firm is staffed with former prosecutors, former police officers and attorneys listed as Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona. This firm has been trusted time and time again with a wide range of cases. To learn more about what we do, please feel free to browse through our site. We even have a convenient, online case evaluation form for those considering legal representation. An arrest means that your future is on the line. For a firm you can trust with your future,
contact Knowles Law Firm for a free consultation today!
You can call toll free at 888-332-5621 or locally at 602-702-5431 to schedule an appointment to meet with us about your case at our Phoenix office which is located at:
40 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Knowles Law Firm proudly represents clients facing criminal charges throughout Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and the surrounding areas of Maricopa County, Pima County & Pinal County.