Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’ve been arrested on a felony or misdemeanor charge in Phoenix, Blumberg & Associates offers practical advice and effective representation to help you make the best of a bad situation. Your best chance at a favorable outcome in your criminal case is to be represented by an attorney with extensive experience representing people in circumstances similar to yours. There are a lot of criminal defense lawyers in practice, and not all of them will be suitable for your needs. In more than 30 years of practice, Phoenix criminal defense attorney Bruce Blumberg has successfully represented thousands of clients faced with all types of criminal charges by prosecutors at the Arizona state or federal level. As a Board-Certified criminal law specialist, Bruce Blumberg has the knowledge, skills and experience to competently handle any criminal law matter in Arizona, including:
- Drug Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Federal Crimes
- White-Collar Crimes
Blumberg & Associates additionally provides assistance in important areas such as domestic violence, juvenile offenses, and probation violations. Learn more below about our practice in these vital areas, and contact our office in Phoenix for a consultation or immediate assistance.
As a criminal law specialist who also handles an array of high-conflict divorce, child custody and other family law matters, attorney Bruce Blumberg is familiar with the issues of spousal abuse, child abuse and other incidents of domestic violence. We also know that allegations of domestic violence can sometimes be put forward wrongly, whether due to innocent misunderstandings or a desire to gain leverage in a divorce or child custody dispute. The consequences of a domestic violence finding are swift and severe. Long before any criminal trial or conviction for abuse, you can be forced out of your home, forced to relinquish firearms, and kept from having any contact with your children, often while being required to pay support at the same time.
Blumberg & Associates provides a strong, assertive defense against unfounded accusations of domestic violence. We’ll fight hard to protect your name, reputation and relationship with your children while helping you avoid the jail time and criminal record that can result from being found guilty of domestic violence.
The goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation, not punishment. For minors arrested for juvenile or criminal offenses, the juvenile system is almost always preferable to being put through the criminal system. Yet under Arizona law, some juveniles must be tried as adults for certain offenses, and even where it isn’t required, prosecutors can file charges in adult court, or juvenile court judges can transfer cases to criminal court. In many situations a juvenile charged in adult court may be entitled to a transfer hearing to return to juvenile court. Of particular significance is the area of juvenile sex crimes. It is vital to retain a criminal defense attorney with experience in handling juvenile sex crimes. The treatment of juveniles in this area differs substantially from that of adults. Bruce Blumberg is experienced across the spectrum of juvenile offenses. At Blumberg & Associates, we know the right steps to take to help your son or daughter get the best result after an arrest for a criminal offense or status offense in Phoenix or surrounding areas.
Getting sentenced to a period of probation is an alternative to incarceration that, for many people, amounts to an excellent outcome in their criminal case. However, if during the probation period you commit any criminal offense or otherwise break the terms of your probation, the jail sentence which had been suspended or deferred can be rapidly imposed, without the benefit of a full trial. It is important to be aware of this possibility before you plead guilty to an offense in order to get probation. Talk to your attorney about whether a plea or trial is in your best interests.
Besides staying out of trouble, other common terms of probation include reporting to your probation officer as required, allowing the probation officer into your home, keeping a job, staying within a specified geographical region, refraining from associating with certain individuals, and submitting to random alcohol and drug tests.
If found in violation of probation, the court could send you to jail, lengthen your period of probation or add more restrictions to your current probation. You are entitled to due process before your probation can be modified or revoked, and you are entitled to be represented by an attorney. At Blumberg & Associates, we can submit evidence and testimony to challenge whether you actually violated the terms of your probation or show that your constitutional rights were violated. We may also be able to help modify or terminate overly restrictive probation that is keeping you from getting or maintaining a job or being with your kids.
Preparing to Meet With a Criminal Defense Attorney
Finding a Criminal Lawyer
Your best chance at a favorable outcome in your criminal case is being represented by an attorney who has extensive experience in representing people in circumstances similar to yours. There are a lot of criminal defense lawyers in practice, and not all of them will be suitable to your needs. In order to find the best attorney for you, here are few things to consider in your search:
- Find out as best you can what percentage of an attorney’s caseload mirrors your kind of case. Certain types of crimes may require a more specialized attorney. For example, you may want to find an attorney that deals primarily with drug offenses, white collar crime, or juvenile justice.
- Ask for personal references from the attorney. While these may not be completely objective, talking to another of the attorney’s clients may give you a better sense as to whether a lawyer is a good fit for you.
- Figure out the attorney’s rates. Some lawyers will ask for a flat fee up front, while others will work on an hourly basis. A lawyer with a great reputation in a certain area will likely charge more. Depending on the severity of the crime and what’s at stake, you may decide it is worth it to pay the extra money.
Your First Meeting
When meeting with a lawyer for the first time, try and present him or her with as much information as possible. Here are some things to remember:
Bring any and all documentation you have pertaining to your arrest. This might include:
- Warrants or police documentation of items seized
- Charging documents
- Bail papers
- Dates and times of future appearances
- A police report, if you can get one
- Your driver’s license or ID
- Any records of prior arrests or convictions
Being involved in the criminal justice system can be very scary for the average person. Finding a criminal defense attorney that you trust and then arming him or her with as much information about your case as possible is the best thing you can do to make your case go smoothly.
Make Your First Call be to Blumberg & Associates after a Phoenix Arrest
Before you phone your family or talk to the police, make your first call be to an experienced and successful criminal defense attorney who can advise you of your rights and immediately take charge to help you get the best result after an arrest for any misdemeanor or felony offense. In Arizona, call Blumberg & Associates in Phoenix for advice and representation from a Board-Certified Specialist in criminal law who has helped thousands of clients in situations like yours. Call 602-277-6180, or contact us online.