Concerned that a brief lapse in judgment might cast a lifelong shadow? Future First Criminal Law is founded on the principle that individuals should not be weighed down by enduring consequences for a momentary misjudgment. Just like our owner and top-ranking lawyer, Zachary Divelbiss, who faced his own legal troubles at the age of twenty, we recognize the inherent inequities within the Arizona legal system. Mr. Divelbiss promptly recognized the significance of enlisting the services of a private law firm to enhance the likelihood of success with a case.
With his extensive legal knowledge, gained through graduating at the top of his law school class, Mr. Divelbiss possesses optimal strategies to prevail in DUI and Criminal cases. Our law firm holds the keys to success in Arizona Courts, having effectively represented countless clients. Don’t let your case define your future – protect it by hiring our firm today. We are committed to getting you the best possible outcome. Contact us now.
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Discover the power of strong legal representation with Future First Criminal Law. Getting pulled over for a DUI in Phoenix, AZ can lead to severe consequences, including jail time and possibly a permanent criminal record. Our experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers are here to fight for your rights and navigate the legal process on your behalf. With our tough and aggressive representation, we aim to minimize the impact on your future. Don’t face the challenges alone – contact us today for a free phone consultation. Top-Rated Arizona Lawyers dedicated to DUI and Criminal Law.
Future First Criminal Law, your trusted partner in navigating the complex world of criminal defense. We understand that the “criminal justice system” may seem daunting, with various individuals and government agencies working to obtain a conviction. But fear not, for our experienced criminal defense lawyers are here to level the playing field. You’re not alone in this process—our team collaborates to guide you every step of the way. Whether it’s before, during, or after an arrest, we will be by your side, analyzing evidence, strategizing defense, and fighting for your rights. Don’t face the system alone; contact us today for a free phone consultation.
Assault is a devastating crime that inflicts physical, emotional, and psychological pain on its victims. The consequences of an assault conviction are severe and wide-ranging, including jail time, hefty fines, community service, and mandatory counseling. Moreover, the repercussions extend beyond the legal realm, with the perpetrator’s reputation tarnished in both the community and the workplace. Economic opportunities may be limited, and wages may suffer throughout their career. When faced with an arrest or charge for assault, it is vital to seek the assistance of a skilled Phoenix assault defense lawyer without delay. Attempting to navigate the complex legal system alone is unwise. A knowledgeable lawyer will protect your rights, guide you through your options, and provide you with the best chance of fighting or reducing the charges. Don’t face this battle alone – call an experienced defense lawyer today.
Burglary is a grave offense in Phoenix, and it holds the same weight across Arizona. As stated in A.R.S. §13-1506, §13-1507, and §13-1508, it occurs when someone deliberately enters a property unlawfully, intending to commit theft or a felony. First-degree Burglary refers to entering a residential building without a weapon or dangerous instrument. Second-degree Burglary pertains to entering a residential structure without a weapon. Third-degree Burglary involves unlawfully entering a fenced residential yard, commercial area, or a motor vehicle by manipulation. At Future First Criminal Law, we understand the seriousness of burglary charges and are committed to providing you with expert legal representation for optimal defense.
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Trust Future First Criminal Law for unparalleled expertise and a track record of success. As dedicated legal professionals, we have successfully defended countless Drug Possession clients, safeguarding their families, reputations, and futures. Seek a fair fighting chance and achieve positive outcomes by reaching out to our skilled team. Contact us today to talk about our Effective Drug Possession Defense Strategies and let our experienced DUI lawyers navigate your legal situation with professionalism and dedication.
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Joshua Black - Employment Attorney
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Divelbiss in the past and know him to be a hard working professional. His attention to detail and care for his clients set him apart from the rest!”
“⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10 Stars first of all I want to say thanks to God for these great lawyers that help me in my DUI case I want to say thank you to Trevor for being 100% professional and their team of lawyers Andrea thank you Megan thank you. On the day of my court date I was really nervous but when I seen my lawyer Zach he was really professional give me good advise. I thought I was going to lose my job but Zach my lawyer help me reduce my jail sentence to less time I just want to say thank you for being so professional Zach great lawyer 100% I recommend him to anyone that needs help with their DUI cases and doesn’t matter what kind of DUI they will help you out a lot I will give them not only 10 Stars but a hundred more thank you future first criminal law I recommend them to anyone thank you.”
“Future First Criminal Law exceeded my expectations, on my first court appearance an old charge came up out of no where and the judge wasn’t going to let me leave. Ed got right on his phone and got it all cleared up! It is always best to have a private lawyer especially with criminal charges, the outcome will always be better and I highly recommend future first. Ed made a personal video breaking down my charges, the discovery, and my plea offer step by step. If you are questioning whether or not to get a lawyer, future first is the way to go 100%. You can’t put a price on freedom!! Thanks Ed!!!!“
“They helped me tremendously, I had some extreme charges for my DUI and assault case, they got me the best deal I could get. 1 day jail time. Based on what I couldve spent. They have a great team, they communicate well with you an guide you thru your entire ordeal. Ed Robinson was my lawyer. I highly recommend them!!“
Allen Hsu - Immigration Attorney
“Mr. Divelbiss is a GREAT attorney, very honest and reliable. He takes his times with every client and answers all questions and concerns. It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Divelbiss and he serves his clients very well!”
“Future First Criminal Law is an excellent firm. They helped me out with a case I had. They are friendly throughout the whole process. They are professional, thorough, and I would definitely recommend them to anybody who’s in need of their services. They also allowed me to set up payment plans which was greatly appreciated. Working with them took a lot of stress, and weight off the whole situation. I just recently had them help me with my set aside as well. Thank you Future First Criminal Law.”
“Zach and his team were great! Right away after we spoke to Zach we felt a sense of relief from all of our worries and concerns. Being in a position to find an attorney isn’t always a fun thing to do. Thank you Zach and your entire firm for your constant updates and great communication. You never left us in the dark or wondering when we might have our questions answered. We will certainly refer your firm to anyone we know looking for your services. Thank you, for all your time and efforts for our case.”
“If I could rate Future First Crimal Law higher I would. After making the dumb mistake of getting a DUI they have been there for me every step of the way. There is nothing worse than going at this alone. You want someone in your corner during this stressful time and no one is better than Zach and his team there. They walk you through everything, keeps records of a what you need to do for the courts and sends it to them, and gets you the best case scenario sentence. Without them the consequences would’ve been much worse so very thankful to the team.”
Josephine Hallam - Criminal Defense Attorney
“Attorney Divelbiss is bright, hard-working, and well-versed in criminal law. His legal writing is superb, and his commitment to his clients is outstanding. He will fight for you and offer you the best defense possible. Additionally, he is a pleasure to work with. I fully endorse this lawyer.”
“Ed Robinson handled my Son’s case and obtained the best possible outcome for him. It was a complex case that required Ed’s expertise and tedious attention to detail in order to get the most favorable results for my Son. Mr. Robinson is most knowledgeable and dedicated to getting the best results for his clients. Thank you Ed and we highly recommend your services to all who need legal help!”
“I am so grateful for the service I was given by all the Team of Future First Criminal Law and particularly Attorney ED Robinson, from the Day one of my appearances until the sentencing he was there encouraging me and the Defense he has taken on my behalf has made me more confident and all my stress and Depression was gone, I’m so thanks full for helping me in this terrible situation. I’ll be suggesting you to everyone in my situation. God Bless Future First Criminal Law; God Bless Attorney ED Robinson.“
“I would just like to express the life changing help and support I received from the legal team at Future First! The endless hours and resources spent by these legal professionals really made a significant impact on my life. I’m so grateful for the help of the legal system and experts whom treated my case like it was their own. I truly know that they can do the same for you! Thanks again to everyone at Future First, words can’t even begin to express my gratitude for getting me the best possible outcome! Happy holidays. I’m happy to be spending mine with friends and family while continuing to be a contributing member of society.“
Ryan Renauro - Criminal Defense Attorney
“I can’t say enough good things about Zachary. I have had the privileged to meet him through professional channels and he has helped me out a ton with the knowledge he possesses, his experience, and his kind heart and willingness to go the extra mile to help.“
“More than a year ago, I found myself in some serious legal trouble facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. My fiancé, Jackie and I decided we needed a good attorney to help us maneuver through this difficult situation. We are not rich people and we were afraid that we would not be able to find a reliable and reputable firm at a price we could afford. We searched the internet and came across Future First Law Firm. When Jackie saw the high rating and many five star reviews she convinced me to give them a call. After a short conversation with Zach, we were both convinced we had found the right firm. It took over a year and several court appearances but Zach and his team stood by my side through it all and helped me get a great plea. It was a nerve-racking process, but Zach was always patient and ready to address any concerns we had. Thanks to Future First, we are excited about our plans for the future. If you find yourself in a legal mess, I highly recommend hiring Zach and his team.“
“This team are absolute rockstars!!! They resolved my legal endeavors in a timely & affordable manner. Not only did they do everything I needed…but they basically took the reins with no inconvenience to myself and were on the ball with every step. I highly recommend their expertise!“
“Amazing law firm and law team! These are dedicated professionals with great communication and made me feel confident that they would be successful with my case. I would recommend Future First to anyone looking for a law team that truly cares.”
Future First Criminal Law
Why You Need Us On Your Side
1. It’s not a fair fight. The “criminal justice system” is a powerful collaboration of individuals and government agencies working together toward one goal: to obtain a criminal conviction. The police and the prosecutor share information and work together as a team on a criminal case before, during, and after an arrest is made. Anyone who tries to take on the system alone is at a distinct disadvantage. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side helps to level the playing field.
2. The goal of a police investigation is to find evidence against you. Police investigations are to get convictions, not to find the truth. Police officers, being trained to do one thing when investigating a crime: obtain evidence for use in criminal prosecution. Your defense lawyer’s investigation, on the other hand, serves a different purpose to find holes in the prosecution’s evidence, gaps in proof, inconsistencies, and other discrepancies that may give rise to reasonable doubt.
3. Police officers sometimes overreach. Did the officers’ conduct, in connection with your arrest or with gathering the evidence against you, violate your constitutional rights? If so, your defense lawyer can ask a judge to throw out (or “suppress”) the unlawfully obtained evidence before your case goes to trial.
4. The laws and procedures that govern a criminal case are complicated; unless you have studied the law, it is difficult to know and remember all of your rights or when those rights have are being violated. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will stand between you and the government, assert your rights and protect you from an overzealous prosecutor.
5. The decisions you make will have long-term consequences. Much is at stake in criminal prosecution. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can offer wise counsel based on experience to help you make the many strategic decisions you are faced with as your case winds its way through the criminal process.
Arizona Criminal Procedure
First, there has been an arrest against you; this means that the police took you into custody and think you are guilty of a crime. Before the police are allowed to ask you any questions about any crime they think you might be involved in or have knowledge of, they are required to read you your “Miranda warnings.”
2. Reading Your Rights
At some point, the police should have told you that you have a right to remain silent, that anything you say can be used against you, and that you have a right to speak with an attorney and police should have also told you that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Your attorney needs to know when this happened.
After you are taken into custody the police will take your photograph and fingerprints. Call a lawyer immediately. If you do not know a lawyer, call a family member to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. Do not tell your family member any details about the case – only calls with your lawyer are confidential while in jail.
Within 48 hours of your arrest, you will be arraigned by a judge. This is where the prosecutor tells the court why you have been arrested. At the arraignment, the judge only wants to know whether you plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Usually, the judge at your arraignment is not the judge who will handle your case after. Telling your side of the story to the arraignment judge only helps the prosecutor so don’t talk about your case. Your bail/bond hearing may be held at the arraignment or shortly afterward.
After you are arraigned and learn what you were officially arrested for, the prosecutor will show all their evidence to a grand jury (similar to a regular jury). This is an entirely one-sided proceeding. Neither you nor your lawyer is allowed to participate. If the grand jury believes there is enough evidence against you, it will issue an indictment against you. The indictment (silent “c”) is the formal charge or charges against you. The prosecutor may legally avoid the grand jury by filing a direct complaint with the court.
After there are formal charges against you, you have a right to see all the evidence that the prosecutor has including questioning witnesses. This process may take several months. Towards the end of the discovery period, your lawyer and the prosecutor may begin to negotiate or bargain the charges against you. This is called “plea bargaining”.
7. Plea Bargaining
Plea Bargaining may start at any time, but generally, your lawyer will wait until they see all the evidence against you. Plea Bargaining may continue sometime until trial. Be aware that in many cases, there are sentencing laws that control how long or short a sentence may be imposed for any given type of crime and based on your prior criminal history. Your lawyer cannot change these guidelines, however, they can try negotiating a different type of charge or fewer charges which carry a lesser sentence.
If the grand jury hands down an indictment and your lawyer is unable to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor, there will be a trial. In a trial, the prosecutor goes first and tells their whole case to the jury, witnesses for the prosecution are heard, and evidence against you is presented. After the prosecutor is finished, your lawyer will tell your side of the story. Your lawyer will get the chance to question each of the prosecutor’s witnesses and each item of evidence presented against you. Your lawyer may use any one of several different strategies to defend you at the trial. This will all be discussed in further detail later date if your case reaches that point.
If the jury finds you guilty, it is up to the judge to determine what your sentence will be. The sentencing usually happens a few weeks after the trial ends.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’M INNOCENT! CAN YOU GET MY CASE DISMISSED?
Yes – in certain cases. A pre-trial motion to dismiss – that is, a formal request to the court to dismiss the charges – must be based on one of a very few, narrowly defined, technical reasons for dismissal (e.g., the time allowed to file charges has expired or the court has no jurisdiction over the case). A claim of innocence is not a valid reason for a dismissal motion. If you did not do what you are accused of doing, then you must plead “not guilty” to the charges and request a trial. It will then be up to the trier of fact, either a judge or jury, to review all the evidence and determine whether you are guilty or not guilty.
IF THE ALLEGED VICTIM DOES NOT WANT TO PRESS CHARGES, WILL THE CHARGES BE DROPPED?
Depending on the nature of the crime, even though a victim may withdraw from pressing charges, law enforcement (police and prosecutors) can still proceed with the charges if they choose to do so. This is very common in DUI situations, domestic violence and shoplifting but can happen with any crime.
WILL I HAVE TO GO TO TRIAL?
Most likely no, but it’s not always avoidable. 97% of cases do not go to trial in Arizona. Once your case goes to trial, your verdict will be determined; by the jury. A criminal defense attorney’s #1 goal is to resolve your case before it ever goes to trial to have the best chances of a favorable outcome. If your case does go to trial, we’ll be there to defend you.
IF I AM OFFERED A PLEA DEAL, SHOULD I TAKE IT?
Accepting a plea deal can help get a reduced charge, like having a felony reduced to a misdemeanor. That can have a massive impact on an individual trying to retain their professional license or protect their career prospects. But taking the plea deal isn’t always in your best interests — It’s the same as admitting guilt to a crime. This limits your lawyers’ ability to enforce your civil rights and get you the MOST favorable outcome possible (which could be getting your charges dropped).
DO I REALLY NEED A LAWYER IF I INTEND TO PLEAD GUILTY?
Although a lawyer can’t control whether you plead guilty or not guilty, they can provide you with the legal knowledge you need to make an informed decision and get the you the best deal possible. A lawyer will ensure your rights are protected, work with the courts to get you a reduced charge, a make sure you understand the process and the future implications of a guilty plea. If you plan to accept a plea deal, you should still hire a lawyer so you can ensure the prosecutor doesn’t over punish you, which can happen.
WHAT DOES GUILTY “BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT” MEAN?
During a trial, the prosecutor will present evidence to the court aimed to prove the defendants’ guilt. Upon assessing the evidence, if the jurors and judge are only able to draw one reasonable conclusion –that you were guilty– It is referred to as guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. There is simply no doubt of the defendants’ guilt and no other reasonable explanations based on the evidence shown.
WHAT IS THE JURY’S ROLE IN A CRIMINAL TRIAL?
The primary role of a jury is to determine if the defendant is guilty or not guilty. They assess all evidence presented in a case, review facts, ask questions, and discuss amongst themselves until they conclude. The jurors must all come to the same conclusion; otherwise, it results in a “hung jury” and can lead to a mistrial.