Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist

The Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, which is part of the State Bar of Arizona, is responsible for setting the requirements for and regulating who is a Certified Legal Specialist in Arizona.  The board identifies lawyers who have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill, integrity, professionalism, and competence in a specific area of law, to better serve the public.

In order to be certified as a criminal law specialist, a lawyer must meet several minimum qualifications, including:

  • At least 7 years of practice;
  • A minimum of 10 felony jury trial trials, of which 5 involved a mandatory imposable sentence of 5 years or more;
  • A minimum of 15 evidentiary hearings involving substantial contested issues of law or fact;
  • A minimum of 5 appeals, petitions for post-conviction relief, petitions for habeas corpus relief, or motions to vacate or set aside sentence under 28 USC 2255.
  • Substantial current involvement in criminal law during the 5 preceding years;
  • Demonstrate a substantially complete knowledge of substantive law, rules of practice, procedure, evidence, and ethics pertaining to criminal law, along with a high degree of skill, thoroughness, preparation, effectiveness, professionalism, and judgment;
  • References;
  • Pass a formal written exam

Once certified, a criminal law specialist must recertify every 5 years.

Although other attorneys may practice exclusively in criminal law, board certified criminal law specialists are the only attorneys that are specifically identified by the Arizona State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as being Criminal Law Specialists.

When the Stakes are High, Find a Specialist

With your future and freedom at risk, the skills, knowledge and experience of your lawyer mean everything for your case. At our DUI and Criminal defense law firm you can be sure that one of our Phoenix Criminal defense attorneys will be with you every step of the way, working hard to seek the best possible case results for your specific situation. As our client you can have confidence knowing that our firm utilizes every available resource to give you the most strategic advantage possible.

As Board Certified specialists in DUI and Criminal Defense, our attorneys have met rigorous standards set forth by the Arizona bar NCDD and the Arizona Bar Board of Legal Specialization and will use this deep understanding of DUI and Criminal law to your advantage in court. With so much at stake, make sure you obtain the only law firm in Central and Northern Arizona with DUI and Criminal Law Specialists.

If you are charged with a crime, call AZ Defenders at 480-456-6400 or contact us online and speak with one of our specialists today.

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