Experienced Criminal Defense Firm  Led by a Former Police Office & Criminal Prosecutor

Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer

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 advocate 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 Phoenix criminal defense attorneys are focused on providing personalized service so that we can create custom defense strategies. We stand apart from the rest when it comes to providing exceptional and effective criminal defense.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Our team includes former prosecutors and a former Arizona police officer
  • We've secured many positive case results for our clients
  • Our lawyers have been recognized among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Arizona
  • We handle the full range of criminal cases, from first time charges to federal crimes
  • We work personally with clients and provide individualized service

To learn more about your case, request a FREE case review by submitting a quick and easy online form or by calling (602) 702-5431.

Our legal team is 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.

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.

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.

Cases we handle include:

  • 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.

Our criminal defense team has 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.

Proven DUI Defense

Knowles Law Firm, PLC maintains an active and successful practice defending clients charged with driving under the influence. Our 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 case results speak for themselves.

Stages of the Criminal Process

If you have been arrested for a crime, it is important that you get in touch with an attorney 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.

Discuss Your Case During a FREE Consultation

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.

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

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  • 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
  • Dismissed Aggravated Assault with Knife
  • Civil Traffic Ticket for Speeding Aggravated Assault with Motor Vehicle
  • Plead to misdemeanor offense Aggravated Assualt
  • Dismissed at Trial Aggravated Assualt
  • Dismissed at Trial Aggravated Assualt

Reviews from Former Clients

  • “Defend yourself. Everyone deserves a second chance, and these attorneys in this firm will help you.”

    Former Client

  • “They are always available to answer questions and even the staff was knowledgeable about case details.”

    Anthony Carusone

  • “It seems very uncommon for lawyers to have that level of communication with their clients these days, but overall they stayed in touch with me throughout my entire case.”

    Tom Jarvis

  • “Jonathan Henry, one of the lawyers in the Mesa office, took care of me. He was professional, engaging, and knowledgeable. He won an acquittal.”

    Kevin O'Neill

  • “I was arrested for DUI but the case dropped down to reckless driving. This tremendously helped me with my application for citizenship.”

    Former Client

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  • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction
  • 10 Best PIA 2017-2021
  • Former Police Officer
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