Arizona Criminal Defense Overview

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When one is charged with a crime they are being accused of committing an act which was harmful to a person, a group of people, or society as a whole. Arizona and its cities each have their own laws which one must abide by. A violation of these laws can result in charges being filed at Municipal, Justice, or Superior Court. The Federal Government has its own set of laws and a violation of these rules can result in an indictment in Federal District Court. Bretton Barber handles cases at each of these levels. If one has been charged with a crime in the state of Arizona, then they should contact our Phoenix office today to speak with a criminal defense attorney.

Phoenix defense lawyer handling misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout Maricopa County and in Tucson

There are two types of crimes with which a person may be charged in Arizona. These are felonies and misdemeanors. Those charged with a misdemeanor can be sentenced to up to six months in jail. There is also the possibility of high fines, community service, probation, required counseling, and a permanent criminal record. While hiring an attorney is not “required” in misdemeanor cases, these charges should not be considered a do-it-yourself project. Misdemeanors can have lasting effects on one’s future. A conviction can increase the severity of the punishment if one is arrested for a subsequent offense. Phoenix defense lawyer Bretton Barber takes misdemeanor crimes just as seriously as felonies and frequently handles a number of common charges including:

The second type of crime an Arizona resident can be charged with is a felony. Felony charges may involve a violent act. They may also be the result of a victim suffering significant financial damage. Felony crimes involve being sentenced to state prison, as well as the loss of a number of  rights. The severity of punishment for a felony can differ widely depending on the charges. Sentences imposed may range from one year to life in prison. Arizona is also a death penalty state and in extreme cases a person’s life may be in jeopardy if convicted of the charges. Bretton Barber handles most felony cases including:

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony it is important that you consult with an attorney as early as possible. Navigating the criminal justice process is not a do-it-yourself project. Bretton Barber is a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge necessary to help ensure you receive the best possible outcome given your circumstances. In addition to Phoenix, we service other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.

An attorney providing a high level of representation of Phoenix area residents in need of criminal defense

It is important to understand that one is facing a serious situation once they have been charged with a crime. Regardless of whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, you should not attempt to handle such matters yourself. Bretton is an attorney who prides himself on providing a high level of service to the greater Phoenix area. He will stay in regular contact with you throughout the process. He will also provide you with his personal cell phone number and ensure that you receive regular updates about the status of your case. Given the serious nature of your situation, you need a lawyer who will take it seriously. Call our office today.