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Chandler Criminal Defense Attorney


Chandler is an affluent suburb of the Phoenix metropolitan area, which borders Phoenix (to the west), Tempe (to the north/west), Gilbert (to the east), Mesa (to the north) and the Gila River Indian Community (to the south). With a population of over 250,000, top-ranked public schools, low crime rates, and many high-tech companies, including Intel, Chandler is a great place to raise a family. According to Chandler Police Department statistics, crime rates in Chandler have been on the decline over the past decade. Robberies, burglaries and car thefts have dropped by about 50% when comparing 2018 to 2007. Violent crimes such as assault and murder are about half the national average. While crime is relatively low, some of the most common crimes we see in Chandler include DUI, Domestic Violence, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Drug Crimes, Juvenile Crimes and Theft Crimes.

Charged with a Crime in Chandler? Work with a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in the City of Chandler, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Chandler criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal options. The Firm has over twenty years of experience in the Chandler community, handling all types of criminal charges, from DUI offenses to the most serious and complex felony charges. Attorney Trent Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney and has a reputation for zealously defending each and every one of his clients, while personally handling each case from start to finish.

Why Hire Attorney Trent Buckallew?

    •  Mr. Buckallew personally handles each case from start to finish
    •  Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
    • Extensive experience in Criminal litigation
    • Significant experience in DUI defense
    • Treats his clients with honesty and respect
    • Aggressive and Experienced Attorney
    • Proven Record of Success
    • Top 100 National Trial Lawyer

DUI or Criminal Charges in a Chandler Court?

Mr. Buckallew has handled cases in every court in the City of Chandler, including:

  • Chandler Municipal Court – located in downtown Chandler, AZ

The following Justice Courts, which are located in the San Tan Regional Court Center in downtown Chandler, AZ:

    • Kyrene Justice Court
    • San Tan Justice Court
    • San Marcos Justice Court
    • University Lakes Justice Court
  • Maricopa County Superior Court – Southeast Facility (Chandler felony cases)

DUI Lawyer Serving Chandler, AZ

The penalties upon conviction of DUI range in severity depending on several factors, however you can expect to pay fines, serve jail time, lose your license, and be assigned mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in each of your vehicles. The minimum jail time for your first conviction is 24 hours, the minimum for your second conviction is 30 days and there is no statutory minimum for a third and subsequent offense. 

Given the harsh penalties upon conviction of a DUI charge, it is advisable to consult with an experienced Chandler DUI Lawyer regarding your legal options and possible defenses that may be available in your case. Mr. Buckallew has been litigating DUI cases in Chandler, and throughout the Valley for nearly 20 years with a proven record of success. He is not only well versed in criminal law, having earned his law degree (J.D.) from California Western School of Law, where his academic concentration was in criminal litigation, he also holds a Master of Forensic Science (M.F.S.) degree. Having an attorney trained in both the law and forensic science is critical given the growing importance of forensic science in criminal litigation. Whether it is a simple misdemeanor DUI, simple drug possession, or a major homicide case, forensic science will likely play a significant role in your case. Having an attorney who understands the complexity of the science behind the evidence, including the potential weaknesses of the scientific evidence in your case, can help ensure that you are properly represented and defended in court.

Experienced Chandler Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime in Chandler, AZ this Firm can help. Attorney Trent Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, having been certified by the State Bar of Arizona. He has a proven record of success in the countless cases he has handled over past two decades. Mr. Buckallew takes pride in personally handling each case from start to finish and listed below is just a sampling of the wide variety of criminal cases he handles in Chandler:

Chandler DUI 
If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is greater than 0.08% then it is illegal for you to operate a motor vehicle. If you are convicted of DUI, then you could face penalties of jail time, fines, license suspension and other harsh penalties. Whether you have been charged with 1st Time DUI or Aggravated DUI involving Injury or Death, this Firm can help.

Chandler Drug Crimes  
Possession, cultivation and distribution of controlled substances is illegal. If you are arrested with illegal drugs in your possession, then you could face serious penalties if you are convicted of a drug crime. This Firm has significant experience in defending against all types of drug crimes from possession of marijuana to very serious drug sales cases.

Chandler Domestic Violence 
Domestic abuse, violence, neglect, threats of violence and other forms of abuse can result in legal action taken against you. However, there are many cases where an angry victim will exaggerate the circumstances out of an act of retaliation and it is important to seek the advice of an experience Chandler criminal defense lawyer.

Chandler Post-Conviction Relief  
If you have been convicted, you may still have options for appealing your case for filing a petition for post-conviction relief. If successful, your sentence could be modified or even dismissed. This Firm will help you identify any available post-conviction remedies that may be available to you.

Chandler Probation Violation  
If you have been convicted of a crime then you may be sentenced to probation. If you are sentenced to probation then you will have terms and conditions that you must comply with, and if you violate those terms then you could face prison time or other extensive penalties. This Firm has represented countless individuals in cases involving petitions to revoke probation, with a proven record of success.

Chandler Sex Crimes  
Depending on the severity of the crime, a conviction could result in penalties including incarceration, probation, fines, and sex offender registration, among others. Sex offender registration can follow you for the rest of your life and prevent you from obtaining employment and housing in some cases. Given the serious nature of these types of charges, it is critical to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Chandler Theft Crimes   
Whether the theft crime involves shoplifting, writing a bad check, switching price tags on items in a store, or another theft related violation you may have been charged with, you could be facing penalties of fines, probation, and even jail in some circumstances if you are convicted. This Firm has significant experience and a successful track record in resolving cases involving theft crimes.

Chandler Weapons Charges  
There are various crimes that involve the illegal use of a weapon, such as illegally discharging a weapon, using a weapon to commit a crime and possessing a weapon with a felony conviction on your record. The penalties for these crimes depend on several factors, however if you are convicted, you could expect fines, possible probation or jail time. This Firm handles all types of weapons offenses, with nearly 20 years’ experience and a proven track record.

Call an Experienced & Aggressive Chandler Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Firm represents clients in all types of criminal cases, including but not limited to DUI and particularly serious charges, such as extreme DUI, underage DUI, aggravated DUI, DUI Drugs, and super extreme DUI. The Firm will launch an aggressive defense for individuals facing disorderly conduct charges, or accusations regarding internet crimes, drug crimes, violent crimes, theft crimes, probation violations, sex crimes, or child pornography offenses. If you have been accused of domestic violence, white collar crimes, or have a child that is facing the repercussions of a juvenile crime, the attorney has the experience to help his clients navigate through our often-complicated criminal justice system. The Firm can help with filing appeals or an expungement / set aside of conviction to help you clean up your criminal record and restore any civil rights you may have lost.

Contact a Chandler criminal defense attorney from the firm if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a DUI or criminal offense. Your first consultation is free of charge.

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Client Reviews
We hired Trent Buckallew to represent our son following a second MIP ticket he received while in college. Mr. Buckallew kept us informed throughout all proceedings and helped us receive the satisfactory outcome of dropped charges in exchange for taking an alcohol awareness class. He was personable, knowledgeable and treated our small case with care and compassion. We would highly recommend him to anyone in need of representation. SR
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into the case against (client's name). We sincerely appreciate the great job you did. We are praying this is the end of it. Thanks again so very much. This was such a difficult time for our family. LN
I'm finally 100% clear of the problem that started our relationship. I cannot thank you enough for handling my case and expungement. I have a great sense of new beginnings and don't have to let my past affect my future. My freedom is priceless. TM
I appreciate everything you were able to accomplish for my father and will certainly be referring Mr. Buckallew to anyone I know who may be in need of an excellent criminal defense attorney. CM
Trent handled cases for me on two different occasions involving tickets for seat belt violations in commercial vehicles. Very happy with results. All charges dismissed. One case in Flagstaff and one case in Gilbert Court. KF