Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney

Former Prosecutors & A Former Police Officer on Your Side

If you've been charged with a crime, your future and freedom may be at risk. This is why you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix to protect you and fight for your rights. Whatever your charges may be, you can be confident that our experienced legal team will be fighting aggressively on your behalf.

At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, our criminal defense attorneys in Phoenix, AZ are focused on providing personalized service so that we can create custom defense strategies. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive legal strategy that is tailored to your specific situation.

We understand that every client’s situation is unique, and we are dedicated to providing personalized attention and the highest level of service. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers will strive to keep you informed and up to date on the progress of your case. 

We will also take the time to explain the legal process and answer any questions you may have. At Knowles Law Firm, PLC, we are proud to serve clients in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix. We stand apart from the rest when it comes to providing exceptional and effective criminal defense.

To learn more about your case, request a FREE case review by submitting an online form or by calling (602) 702-5431 to speak with our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers.

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Case Victories

Always Striving For the Best Possible Outcome
  • Dropped to Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct Aggravated Assault
  • Probation with no jail time Aggravated Assault
  • Charge Reduced to a Misdemeanor Aggravated Assault
  • Charge Reduced to a Misdemeanor Aggravated Assault
  • Dismissed Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Several Decades of Combined Experience
  • We Offer Free Initial Consultations
  • Former Prosecutors on Your Side
  • Former Experience as a Police Officer
  • Named Among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona
  • Federally Certified Criminal Specialists

Why Choose our Firm?

Fighting Tirelessly on Your Behalf

Because our legal team consists of former prosecutors, a former police officer, and proven trials lawyers who have spent years in the Arizona criminal justice system, we're able to handle any criminal case.

Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

When you have been accused of a crime, it is critical to do your research and make an informed decision when selecting a criminal defense attorney. With a qualified professional by your side, there are several advantages that can help protect your rights and minimize the consequences of such an accusation. Right away, a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix can provide sound legal advice on what to do next in order to ensure the best outcome possible for your case. 

They can also help you navigate the legal system with more ease due to their extensive understanding of Arizona’s laws and court procedures. A criminal defense attorney is necessary if you are looking for assistance with any legal issues related to being charged with a crime -- do not take chances here! Investing in a highly qualified attorney should be at the top of your list; this will help you increase the odds of getting favorable court verdicts.

We understand the serious nature of criminal charges and the potential consequences that come with them, and we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality legal representation. Our services related to Phoenix criminal defense include:

  • Representation in all stages of criminal proceedings, from arraignment to trial
  • Negotiating plea bargains and other alternative dispositions
  • Suppressing evidence
  • Motion to dismiss
  • Pre-trial motions
  • Negotiating sentence reductions
  • Representation in appeals
  • Representation in post-conviction proceedings
  • Advising on the consequences of a criminal conviction
  • Advising on expungement
  • Advising on immigration consequences of criminal convictions
  • Advising on the impact of a criminal conviction on employment and licensing opportunities 

How to Find the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When faced with a criminal charge, Phoenix residents should use caution in selecting their criminal defense attorney. It’s important to find one that specializes in the specific type of charge that you are faced with, as different crimes require different strategies for a successful court outcome. 

Your Phoenix criminal defense lawyer should have extensive knowledge of both state and federal law pertinent to your case. Not only should they understand the current laws and procedures relating to your legal situation, but they also need to be well-versed in any changes or amendments that may occur due to upcoming court ruling.

The best way to find a good criminal defense lawyer is to ask for referrals from friends and family, and then do your own research. Experience is key; the Phoenix criminal defense attorney you choose should have a lengthy track record of success at the courthouse, demonstrating their skill and ability to develop comprehensive defense strategies. 

Make sure to check the lawyer’s credentials, experience, and track record to ensure they are qualified to handle your case. Reach out for consultations—it’s important to feel both comfortable and confident in your selected representation once it's time for trial.

What are the Stages of the Criminal Process in Arizona?

If you have been arrested for a crime, it is important that you get in touch with a criminal attorney in Phoenix as soon as you can so that you can begin to build a strong defense. Learn more about what to expect in the criminal process below.

The Arrest

If you've been arrested, the first thing you should do is ask for an attorney - it is your right. Law enforcement is required to inform the arrested individual of their Miranda rights while they are being arrested. These rights include the right to remain silent and the right to consult with an attorney.


Once you are arrested, you will go through a process known as "booking." The arrestee will be taken to a police station or jail where they will have their fingerprints and photograph taken for documentation and legitimate entry into custody. An arrestee will have to wait in a holding cell until they can see a judge at the first hearing. This can be an intimidating time, especially for those who have never been arrested before. Regardless of the charges you might be facing, our firm can assist.

First Appearance and Bail

After your initial booking, you will be brought before a judge (or magistrate). One of the things that will be discussed at this hearing is bail. Depending on the alleged crime committed, you may or may not be able to post bail. If you are able to be released on bail, then you are free to leave custody but must appear at your next hearing. Anyone who fails to show up at this next hearing will likely have an arrest warrant placed on them. The amount of bail will differ depending on the offense. The judge is responsible for deciding the amount, but that amount cannot be "excessive" according to the Eighth Amendment.

Arraignment Hearings & Plea Bargains

An arraignment is the hearing where you will formally be read your charges. As a response to the reading of the charges, the defendant will be asked how they plea. At this point, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. At this point and time, a defendant may also enter into a plea bargain if one is offered and if the defendant's attorney advises it. Depending upon the defendant's response, the criminal process can go one of a few directions. If the defendant pleads guilty, then the case will move to an evidentiary hearing. If a defendant pleads not guilty, then the case will move to a preliminary hearing or trial.

Pretrial Motions & Trial

A pretrial motion is often a pivotal part of the criminal process. In a successful pretrial motion, certain pieces of evidence will be withheld from trial. If enough pertinent evidence is dismissed from a case, then a case may not even move to the trial phase.

The criminal process can be difficult to navigate on one's own. The intricacies of the justice system are best handled by an experienced defense attorney. We take a personal approach to each case, creating customized defense strategies that best fit each client's unique situation. Our ultimate goal is to reduce or dismiss the charges our clients face.

Understanding Your Rights in a Criminal Case

When facing criminal charges, it's crucial to understand your rights and legal options. Our experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at Knowles Law Firm, PLC are dedicated to protecting your rights and providing you with the best defense possible. We will guide you through the stages of the criminal process in Arizona and ensure that you are fully informed and prepared every step of the way.

Key rights to be aware of in a criminal case include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to legal representation
  • The right to a fair trial
  • The right to confront witnesses
  • The right to present evidence

By understanding and exercising your rights, you can help build a strong defense and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Contact us today to get started on your defense.

Criminal Cases We Handle

Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers have a wealth of experience in the areas of criminal defense for felony and misdemeanor charges, including:

  • Drug Crimes, including possession, distribution, transportation, and trafficking of a wide range of controlled substances.
  • Domestic Violence, including cases involving domestic assault, harassment, stalking, intimidation, and property damage.
  • Property Crimes, such as cases involving arson, vandalism, and damage to another person's property.
  • Theft Crimes, including robbery, burglary, auto theft, shoplifting, and financial-related crimes such as white collar crimes.
  • Probation Violations, such as failing to appear in court, failing to check in with your probation officer, and other violations of your probation terms.
  • Expungements to help clear your previous convictions so that you can enjoy a fresh start.
  • White Collar Crimes, including forgery, fraud, embezzlement, tax crimes, identity theft, and other financially motivated crimes.
  • Sex Crimes, such as child pornography, child molestation, rape, sexual assault, prostitution, and sex failure to register as a sex offender.
  • Federal Crimes, including bank fraud, counterfeiting, bankruptcy fraud, and a broad range of other offenses that are prosecuted by the federal government.
  • Juvenile Crimes, such as drunk driving, assault, gang-related crimes, drug offenses, weapons charges, and more.
  • Violent Crimes, including assault and battery, domestic violence, assault with a weapon, and other offenses that involves serious injuries to another person.
  • Assault, including aggravated assault, attempted assault, and assault involving a deadly weapon.
  • Vehicle crimes, including DUI, hit and runs, traffic violations, and more.

Get Started on Your Case Today

Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys have gained decades of experience fighting for individuals charged with all types of crimes – from misdemeanors to felonies to serious federal charges.

Through the use of analytical evaluation, experience, and countless hours creating effective defense strategies, we have produced many positive resolutions for our clients and their families, including case dismissals and reductions in charges or penalties.

Contact a Phoenix criminal lawyer at Knowles Law Firm, PLC today.

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Proven DUI Defense in Arizona

Knowles Law Firm, PLC maintains an active and successful practice defending clients charged with driving under the influence. Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers represent clients during both criminal proceedings and administrative MVD hearings to their futures and their driving privileges. 

You can learn more about the DUI cases we handle on the DUI Defense section of our website.

Our Phoenix criminal defense attorneys are available to represent clients throughout Phoenix, Maricopa County, and the state of Arizona. 

We handle all types of criminal charges, ranging from traffic offenses to cases involving the most serious federal offenses.

Our case results speak for themselves. Call our criminal defense lawyers Phoenix today!


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Attorney Anthony Knowles has successfully defended numerous individuals in both federal and local courts throughout Phoenix and Arizona. He is a seasoned trial attorney who knows exactly what it takes to win a case.

When you are looking for an attorney who will dedicate his time, attention, and efforts to getting you the best possible result, look no further than Knowles Law Firm, PLC.

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