Board Certified DUI Defense

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 criminal defense 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.

Board Certified – DUI Defense Law

The National College for DUI Defense, a national organization, is recognized by the American Bar Association for the certification of specialists in DUI Defense.  It identifies lawyers who possess an enhanced level of skill and expertise in DUI Defense.

To be Board Certified in DUI Defense Law, a lawyer must meet minimum requirements, including:

  • Practice in DUI Defense for a minimum of 5 years immediately preceding certification;
  • Lead counsel on at least 15 DUI trials in the prior 3 years;
  • Lead counsel in 40 contested matters involving taking of evidence;
  • Provide references;
  • Pass a formal written exam.

What Does Having a Certified Specialist Attorney Mean for You?

With your future and freedom at risk, the skills, knowledge and experience of your lawyer mean everything for your case. At our Criminal Defense law firm you can be sure that one of our 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. Board certification signals to outside parties that you have hired an attorney with significant legal experience that has also been subjected to extensive peer review. With so much at stake, make sure you obtain the only law firm in Northern and Central Arizona, with certified DUI and Criminal Law Specialists as part of the team. When hiring a lawyer, you deserve a specialist who has committed to meeting the most stringent standards in the industry. Why settle for anything less?

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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