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Being the capital city of Arizona, Phoenix, is the most populous city in the state, with around 1.6 million residents. Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the country and is known as the ‘Valley of the Sun’ due to its location in the Salt River Valley (not to mention, its year-round sunshine). While the city is largely flat, Phoenix is surrounded by many beautiful mountain ranges, filled with hikers during the cooler months, including Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountains to the northeast, Superstition Wilderness to the southeast, South Mountain to the south and Piestewa Peak, among others. Phoenix is home to several Fortune 500 companies and the military has a large presence in the area with Luke Air Force base in the western suburbs. Phoenix also boasts many performing arts venues, such as Herberger Theatre and Talking Stick Resort Arena, as well as many museums and a growing art scene. Phoenix is also home to many professional sports teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Coyotes.

Phoenix Crime Statistics

Being one of the most populous cities in the country, Phoenix has also had its share of crime problems over the decades.  One of the most well know cases in AZ was a rape case on March 16, 1963 – State of AZ vs. Ernesto Miranda, which resulted in the landmark 1966 Supreme Court ruling that led to the requirement of issuing Miranda warnings to detained suspected criminals before they are interrogated by police. This warning informs custodial suspects of their right against self-incrimination (right to remain silent) and their right to consult with an attorney before being questioned. In the past few decades, Phoenix has had its share of street gangs, drug crimes and violent crimes, including murders, as well as vehicle theft crimes; however, the crime rates have decreased over the years.  Looking at 2018 crime statistics, as reported by the Phoenix Police Department, the Uniform Crime Reporting Index (UCR) has decreased since 2010.  There were 12,115 violent crimes reported in 2018 (amongst a population of 1.6 million residents). These reported crimes included 137 homicides, 1,086 rapes, 3,112 robberies, and 7,780 aggravated assaults. There were 57,732 reported property crimes in 2018, which consisted of 10,479 burglaries, 39,438 theft-larceny crimes, 7,815 vehicle thefts, and 238 arsons. As with any large city, some areas of the city have relatively low crime rates, while other sections of the city experience higher rates of crime and tourists and residents alike can find crime statistics broken down by neighborhood online.  

Facing Criminal Charges in Phoenix, AZ?

Attorney Trent Buckallew handles all types of criminal and DUI cases in Phoenix and surrounding areas. With nearly 20 years’ experience, Mr. Buckallew is a highly sought-after Criminal Defense Lawyer, particularly for DUI cases and complex felony cases, although no case is too large or too small for this Firm. Being charged with a crime can result in significant penalties as well as a criminal record and other unanticipated consequences. Depending on the nature of the crime, the consequences can include incarceration, fines/fees, community work service, probation, treatment classes and other penalties. It is critical to seek competent legal counsel before making any decisions in your case to ensure you understand the impact and potential long-term ramifications of a criminal conviction on your record, including college and career repercussions. The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC is experienced in both criminal and DUI litigation in Phoenix, with a proven track record in successfully resolving countless cases over the years. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney, certified by the State Bar of AZ. The Firm is committed to not only providing an aggressive defense, but also keeping clients informed throughout the often-complex criminal justice process. Mr. Buckallew personally handles each case from start to finish to ensure case continuity and one line of contact for his clients. If you have been charged with a crime in Phoenix, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of your legal options and assist with your defense. The Firm has a reputation for zealously representing each client in court with an eye towards resolving each case under the most favorable terms possible.

Experienced Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer

Mr. Buckallew has extensive experience as a Phoenix criminal defense attorney, having litigated criminal and DUI cases at all stages of the criminal process, from arrest and pre-charge investigations to complex felony jury trials, in the Phoenix area and throughout the State of Arizona. He is 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 and is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. 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 misdemeanor DUI, simple drug possession, or a major murder or 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.

Aggressive Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney

This Firm has experience in just about every courthouse in Phoenix. The Firm focuses its scope of representation on matters involving criminal litigation, including (but not limited to) allegations of DUI/DWI/OUI, Minor in Consumption / Minor in Possession, Underage Drinking, all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges, Juvenile matters, Drug offenses, Aggravated Assault and Violent offenses, Domestic Violence, Disorderly Conduct, Sex offenses, Property crimes, Murder/Homicide charges, Criminal Speed and Reckless Driving violations, Appeals and Probation/Parole violation matters.

Arrested for DUI in Phoenix?

If you have been arrested for a DUI charge in Phoenix, it is imperative to seek competent legal counsel as soon as possible and before making any decisions in your case. Often, aside from the criminal proceedings, an initial concern involves the possibility of license suspension and vehicle impoundment. While these are separate civil proceedings, the Firm can assist you in determining whether to request a hearing with the MVD (the request must be made within 15 days of your arrest) and help you determine whether your vehicle can be released from impound if it was impounded at the time of your arrest. Simultaneously, your attorney will want to immediately begin investigating the case and begin preparing for court proceedings and possible defenses in your case. A DUI case review and defense investigation may involve identifying witnesses involved in the case (police officers, civilian witnesses, crime lab analysts, phlebotomists, etc.), a crime scene inspection, obtaining all discovery (such as the police report, crime lab results/reports, blood and/or breath results, witness statements, field sobriety test results, video/audio recordings, and crime scene photos), analysis of scientific evidence, identification of potential procedural and factual defenses, conducting thorough defense interviews of relevant witnesses and preparing arguments for any legal issues identified in your Phoenix DUI case. In addition to a thorough case review, a complete defense investigation, and analysis of all the scientific evidence, your attorney will attend court proceedings with you and facilitate any contact with the prosecutor assigned to your case. Mr. Buckallew has significant experience in DUI litigation in Phoenix, having represented countless individuals over the course of his career and has a comprehensive understanding of the scientific evidence inherent in DUI cases, given his master’s degree in Forensic Science. His experience in DUI litigation ranges from 1st Time DUI charges all the way to very serious and complex DUI cases involving DUI homicide. He handles cases in the following courthouses located in Phoenix, AZ:
    • Phoenix Municipal Court
    • Maricopa County Superior Court
    • Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court
    • Desert Ridge Justice Court
    • Downtown Justice Court
    • Dreamy Draw Justice Court
    • Encanto Justice Court
    • McDowell Mountain Justice Court
    • Moon Valley Justice Court
    • South Mountain Justice Court
    • West McDowell Justice Court
This Firm understands the serious nature and significant hardship associated with criminal charges and is committed to providing a thorough and aggressive defense for each client. Mr. Buckallew attends continuing legal education (CLE) classes, subscribes to legal publications and also belongs to many well-known organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), The National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ), and the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), among others, and is committed to keeping informed and well versed in the ever changing and dynamic area of criminal and DUI defense. 

Contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC. For a free evaluation of your pending criminal or DUI case.

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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