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Phoenix Criminal Lawyer With 33 Years Experience

If you are under investigation or have been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, contact criminal defense attorney Craig Orent today for immediate help. Craig is an Arizona State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist. Put his experience to work for you. Failure to take prompt action can mean the loss of your license, your career, or even your freedom.

If you have been charged with a crime, call Phoenix criminal defense attorney Craig Orent today. Mr. Orent has over 33 years of experience helping people facing criminal charges. He is also a Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Arizona State Bar.

Mr. Orent’s experience includes working as an assistant legal defender at the Maricopa County Legal Defender’s Office, focusing on felony cases including murder, robbery, and sex crimes. He also worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Arizona.

Mr. Orent defends people accused of any crime including homicide, sex crimes, drug crimes, and federal crimes. Contact his Phoenix, AZ law office today for a free consultation.

Experienced Attorney With a Proven Track Record

Not every attorney excels at litigation and you do not want a brand-new lawyer defending your case in criminal court as a “trial run.” You should instead place your trust in an Phoenix criminal attorney who has proven himself time and time again to be an experienced and talented criminal defense attorney.

Whether you received a minor traffic violation or are accused of a sex crime, Craig is a trusted criminal lawyer that will defend your rights. Craig Orent is one of the few lawyers in Phoenix, AZ to be invited into the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. This is due to his proven track record as a criminal defense attorney and the manner in which he zealously defends his clients in the courtroom.

Call Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer Craig Orent Today

An arrest is not a conviction and Phoenix criminal defense lawyer Craig Orent can assist you in breaking down the facts of your case to develop a defense strategy. Rest assured that your case is in good hands with the Orent Law Offices. It is important that you contact our Arizona defense team shortly after your arrest so Craig Orent can begin formulating a defense strategy as soon as possible.

Criminal trials are often subject to tight deadlines which involve submitting documents to the court shortly after arrest and interviewing witnesses who may be integral to your case. The longer you wait to contact a criminal attorney in Phoenix, the more likely that key witnesses will begin to forget the specific facts of the case. Our firm can help you deal with issues related to being arrested, criminal investigations, sentencing, appeals and any criminal charges you may be facing. Contact or stop by our Phoenix, AZ office today for your initial free consultation.

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What our clients say
“Craig was aggressive and determined, always on top of things. He had my future in his hands and not once did he give up on my case.” criminal defense client
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“Highly recommend to anyone needing help; Honest, straight forward, made it easy for me to go through a difficult time.” mauricio, a dui client
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“He handled my case with great care and concern and helped me through the process. I highly recommend him and am very happy with the turnout of my case. His knowledge and expertise puts him in the top 10% but his understanding, caring and trustworthiness places him at #1.” criminal defense client
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“Excellent lawyer, who rescued me. Highly recommend to anyone facing criminal charges.” AC, a criminal defense client

Common Questions About Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested or believe to be under investigation, it is critical that you call us immediately so we can start working on your case.

Can I Get Arrested If the Police Don’t Have an Arrest Warrant?

Yes, under some circumstances. A person can be arrested without a warrant if a police officer sees them commit a crime. An arrest can be made without a warrant if the police officer has probable cause that a felony crime has been committed. For certain misdemeanor crimes, a police officer can make an arrest without a warrant if there is probable cause.

Can the Police Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?

Police can sometimes conduct warrantless searches. If you give police permission to search your car or home, they do not need a warrant. Police do not need a search warrant for any items in plain view during a traffic stop or plain feel during a stop-and-frisk. If the police have reason to believe that there is an urgent need to act immediately, they can conduct a warrantless search. They can also conduct warrantless searches at the US border and administrative searches.

The Police Didn’t Read My Miranda Rights - Will My Case Be Dismissed?

The police must read you your Miranda Rights if you are in police custody and will be questioned about a crime. You are in police custody if the police stop you, and you are not free to leave. If the police question you without first reading your Miranda Rights, any statement you made to them may not be admissible in court. You will need an experienced attorney to work to have your statement excluded from evidence or the charges against you dismissed.

Do I Need a Lawyer If I’m Innocent?

Even if you are innocent, it is in your best interest to have a lawyer. From the arresting police officer to the district attorney, the criminal justice system works to move cases to a conviction. It is designed to assign responsibility for a crime or guilt, not free innocent people. If you are innocent, you may need an experienced criminal lawyer more than anyone.

Is It Worth it to Hire a Lawyer If I’m Guilty?

Absolutely! An experienced criminal lawyer can challenge the state’s evidence against you. If your rights were violated, statements you made might be inadmissible in court. An attorney can fight to have charges against you reduced or dismissed. If you are ultimately convicted, an attorney can still help by fighting for a lesser sentence.

Should I Ask for a Public Defender or Hire a Private Attorney?

Public defenders are often experienced and passionate lawyers. They are also frequently overworked. Many public defenders’ caseloads far exceed the recommendations of the American Bar Association. A private criminal defense attorney will have the same experience, knowledge, and passion - if not more. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, they also have the time and resources to devote to the details and facts of your case.

What is Bail?

Bail is an amount of money paid or pledged to the court in exchange for your release from jail after your arrest and before your trial. Bail secures your appearance in court for each hearing until your trial. Bail can be refunded if you appear at all of your hearings and trials.

What’s a Plea Deal? Should I Accept a Plea Agreement?

In a criminal case, a plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and the district attorney. Whether you should accept an offer depends on the details of your case and the deal that’s on the table. This is a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life - so it’s important that it's an informed one. Get an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid jail time, large fines, or a conviction that will haunt you in the future.

What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

A misdemeanor is a less serious class of crime than a felony. The more seriously a crime is classified, the worse the sentencing penalty will be. A misdemeanor sentence is less than one year. There are multiple classes of felonies in Arizona, with sentences ranging from one year to life in prison.

Does Arizona Have a “Three Strikes” Law?

Under Arizona’s habitual offender laws, a defendant with prior felony convictions can face enhanced penalties. A person with one prior felony will face harsher penalties than someone who is guilty of the same crime but has no prior convictions. Offenders who have two or more prior felonies will face even harsher penalties for the same crime than offenders who have one or none. Also, the penalties for a crime can be enhanced when serious or violent offenders commit dangerous felonies. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate Arizona's enhanced penalty scheme.

How the Orent Law Offices Will Help You After an Arrest

Here's some insight to help you in the process

We’ll Conduct an Exhaustive Investigation Into Your Alleged Crime

Phoenix prosecutors will invest considerable time and resources into turning your criminal charge into a conviction. That will include conducting an extensive investigation into the underlying crime(s). However, this investigation aims to gather evidence to bolster the prosecution’s case – not yours. That’s why Craig Orent will make sure that you benefit from an investigation, too.

Once you enlist our law firm’s services, we will jump into action and begin to scrutinize every aspect of your alleged criminal offense. We’ll carefully review the charges against you, visit the scene, interview witnesses, and gather evidence on your behalf. Our goal will be to identify weaknesses in the government’s case against you, determine the best strategies for your particular situation, and begin to build a foundation for your defense.

Your Rights May Have Been Violated – And We’ll Work Hard to Determine If That’s True

Just because the police have a gut feeling that you might have been involved in criminal activity doesn’t mean that they can arrest you on the spot. Similarly, the police can’t just enter your home or demand that you let them search your vehicle or belongings. Before you’re taken into custody and questioned, officers must “Mirandize” you – or read you your rights. You have certain rights and protections extended to you by the United States Constitution. If those rights are violated  – if you’re arrested unlawfully, subjected to an illegal search and seizure, or if you aren’t read your rights (among other things) – the government cannot be allowed to benefit.

Our Phoenix criminal defense team will carefully review your encounter(s) with the police, investigators, and the prosecution. If we determine officers crossed a line or that your rights have been encroached upon in any way, we will immediately move to have the court intervene. That might mean getting tainted evidence excluded from the state’s case or having the charges against you dismissed entirely.

We’ll Consult Closely With Leading Investigators and Experts in the Greater Phoenix Area

Craig Orent has 33+ years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. During that time, he has seen, first-hand, the impact that experts can have on a criminal case. The state almost always benefits from the input and testimony of individuals who specialize in forensics, ballistics, medicine, finance, and other highly-technical areas. The best defenses also incorporate the insight and support of experts.

At the Orent Law Offices, we never hesitate to work with leading experts and specialists in Arizona. This often includes:

  • Forensic specialists, including those who excel in accounting, medicine, psychiatry, toxicology, technology, and computers
  • Ballistic and firearms experts
  • Forensic pathologists
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • DNA experts
  • Breath test experts
  • And more

In some situations, we’ll rely on these individuals for support and information as we investigate and build a case. Other times, we will ask these professionals to testify in an “expert” capacity in support of your defense in a formal court proceeding.

We’ll Fight to Undermine the Government’s Case at Every Turn

When you hire our law firm, you will benefit from knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who know that, sometimes, going on the offensive and being aggressive is just as effective as raising every defense in the books. While we will work diligently to argue every legitimate defense that might benefit you, our Phoenix criminal attorneys will also challenge the prosecution every step of the way.

From the moment we begin to represent you, we will start to determine where mistakes may have been made and where the state’s case against you is weakest.

This might involve:

  • Challenging the validity of your arrest or a government search
  • Challenging the state’s evidence in court
  • Undermining the believability or credibility of witnesses offering testimony against you

Expect us to challenge the prosecution at every single turn at every stage of the criminal proceedings. The more we fight, the more difficult it will be for the state to meet the burden of proof required to convict.

We’ll Help You Make the Tough Decisions

When you’re arrested or charged with a crime in Phoenix, you can count on our defense attorneys to help you navigate the criminal process. We’ll explain your rights to you and offer insight into what you can expect as your criminal case unfolds.

And, when the time comes, our attorneys will be there to help you make the tough decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. For instance, should you accept a plea bargain or have our skilled litigators argue your case at trial? We’ll help you understand your options, weigh the pros and cons, and offer candid advice that you can rely on.

Case Results

What can we do for you? Contact us today and find out how we can help you.
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DUI and Domestic Violence
Assault + Disorderly Conduct

Outcome

Domestic violence charges
dismissed + DUI reduced to
dry reckless

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Conspiracy, illegal control of
enterprise + possession of marijuana

Outcome

Dismissed prior to trial

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Theft

Outcome

Dismissed on day of trial

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Assault

Outcome

Not Guilty

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Assault

Outcome

Not Guilty

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Conspiracy, illegal control of
enterprise + possession of marijuana

Outcome

Dismissed prior to trial

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Theft

Outcome

Dismissed on day of trial

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DUI and Domestic Violence
Assault + Disorderly Conduct

Outcome

Domestic violence charges
dismissed + DUI reduced to
dry reckless

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