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Tempe Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Tempe is a bustling city, home to Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and a lively arts and music scene. Tempe is also home to nearly 200,000 residents with almost half of the population being under the age of 25 and a median age of 29 years old. With the nearly year-round sunny weather, residents and visitors alike spend much of their time outdoors, kayaking or biking at Tempe Town Lake, hiking at Papago Park or nearby South Mountain, or dining on the patio at one of the many restaurants along Mill Avenue. 

While residents feel safe in Tempe, the crime rates tend to be higher than the national average. According to crime statistics reported by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), Tempe has had higher rates of crime over the past decade than the national average when it comes to violent crimes, including, rape, robbery, and assault. This is also the case for property crimes such as burglary and automobile theft.  These statistics can be misleading though because the crime rates are calculated based the number of residents living in the city. Tempe is unique in that it experiences a significant increase in its population during the day from commuters coming into the city for school (ASU), work and other activities. Thus, the numbers skew high since these statistics don’t account for the number of people coming in and out of the city each day from other parts of the valley. 

Due to our proximity to ASU, this Firm has represented countless ASU students over the years. For many of these students, this is often the first time being exposed to contact with law enforcement and facing criminal charges, and it can be a very nerve-racking experience, particularly when family is out of state. Having an attorney who understands the angst students may feel having to face the criminal justice system without the support of family often helps alleviate much of that stress. 

Tempe DUI Attorney - Work with a Board Certified Specialist

If you have been charged with a DUI in Tempe - whether it is a 1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI, Underage DUI, or DUI Homicide case, this Firm can help. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 20 years’ experience and has successfully litigated countless DUI cases in Tempe and throughout the State of Arizona over the course of his career. Contact the Firm to arrange a consultation to discuss your legal options with an experienced Tempe DUI Lawyer today.

A person found guilty of driving under the influence will face DUI penalties such as probation, jail time, fines, restitution, court-ordered counseling, vehicle impoundment, mandatory installation of a vehicle interlock device, and suspended drivers license. Cases involving a blood alcohol concentration significantly greater than 0.08%, an accident that resulted in injuries, or a prior DUI criminal record typically result in more harsh sentencing. Whether this is your first DUI offense, or you have a prior DUI history, fighting the charges against you is critical given the serious consequences that will result from a DUI conviction. An experienced Tempe DUI lawyer will conduct a comprehensive investigation of your case, identify legal, procedural and factual weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, launch an aggressive defense on your behalf, and depending upon the deficiencies identified in the case, your attorney may be able to achieve a reduction in charges or full dismissal of the case. These weaknesses can include illegal police procedures, such as an unlawful stop, failure to administer a Miranda Warning, or improperly administered DUI tests. Contact an experienced Tempe DUI Attorney for an evaluation of your case and to better understand your legal options.

Experienced DUI Lawyer in Tempe

The Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC is experienced in DUI defense with many years in practice and will vigorously challenge the prosecution’s case every step of the way. The Firm has represented countless clients accused of drunk driving, including cases involving first time DUI, leaving the scene, underage DUI, minor in consumption (MIC), super extreme DUI, DUI with injury, extreme DUI, aggravated DUI and DUI & drugs. Mr. Buckallew is an experienced criminal litigator with a Master’s in Forensic Science (M.F.S.) degree, in addition to his law degree. His background gives him a unique understanding of the complexity of the science behind the evidence so that he can analyze and challenge the scientific evidence in a case, such as breath & blood tests. Mr. Buckallew can also determine if your field sobriety tests were properly conducted and identify any weaknesses in the results of such tests. The Firm will competently guide its clients through the DUI process and provide experienced representation both in criminal court proceedings as well as in MVD hearings.

The Firm has represented countless individuals charged with DUI in all courts in Tempe, including:

    • Tempe Municipal Court (misdemeanor Tempe DUI cases)
    • University Lakes Justice Court (ASU Police / MCSO / AZ DPS misdemeanor DUI cases)
    • Maricopa County Superior Court (felony Tempe DUI cases)
Tempe Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Tempe, or if you are under investigation in a criminal case, it is imperative that you contact a Tempe criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC to discuss your legal options. Early involvement in criminal cases can be beneficial with regard to the eventual outcome of your case. The first steps in investigating a criminal case, whether in a misdemeanor offense or serious felony offense, include (but are not limited to), a thorough review of all evidence in the case, identification of police officers, crime lab technicians or civilian witnesses to depose, identification of factual, legal or procedural errors in a case, and a scene inspection. Criminal defense attorney, Trent Buckallew, is not only a highly experienced criminal defense attorney, he also holds a Masters of Forensic Science (M.F.S.) degree, which gives him a unique understanding of possible errors and flaws in forensic evidence and testing procedures. The Firm handles all types of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanor traffic violations to serious and complex felony crimes and DUI related offenses.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tempe

The Firm represents individual facing serious aggravated assault and drug sales cases as well as cases involving domestic violence, assault, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Whether you are facing criminal charges related to criminal speed or reckless driving, internet crimes, drug crimes, violent crimes, theft crimes, a probation violation, sex crimes, or child pornography, you need a highly qualified criminal defense attorney, and the Firm can assist with all types of criminal violations. The attorney can help you defend against charges of white collar crimes, juvenile crimes, and also represents clients seeking appeals, or an expungement / set aside of conviction.

Contact a Tempe criminal defense lawyer from the firm if you have been charged with a crime and are looking for an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney. Schedule a free initial case evaluation today for any pending criminal or DUI charge.

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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