Arizona DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Five minute mistakes happen to good people and you should not have to pay for it for the rest of your life. At the age of twenty, the law firm’s owner, Zachary Divelbiss was arrested for a DUI and even represented himself in another criminal trial for a crime he didn’t know he committed. Mr. Divelbiss quickly learned the Arizona legal system is not fair and to have any chance of being successful with your case you must hire a private law firm.


Mr. Divelbiss graduated from law school at the top of his class where he learned the best ways to win Criminal and DUI cases. His law firm, Future First Criminal Law, knows the secrets to winning criminal cases in Arizona and has successfully represented hundreds of clients. If you are worried your case will affect your future, it is critical you hire our firm today so we can protect your future and get you the best possible outcome!


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Greater Phoenix DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our mission is to help keep good people out of jail by balancing the criminal justice playing field so each one of our clients has a fighting chance to achieve realistic outcomes for their legal situations. We aim to do so by educating our clients about the options they face – while vigorously advocating for them throughout the legal process.


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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


1. Arrest.

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.

3. Booking.

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.

4. Arraignment.

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.

5. Indictment.

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.

6. Discovery.

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.

8. Trial.

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.

9. Sentencing.

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.


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Frequently Asked Questions


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.  


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.


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.

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“Attorney Zachary is a brilliant attorney, I highly recommend his company to resolve any legal/criminal matter satisfactorily. He still continue to work on my case to tie some loose ends. He is intelligent, prompt and a problem solver. I thank him a million times to protect my dignity and reputation.”

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“I never thought I would find myself in need of an attorney, but unfortunately I did. Throughout this whole process Zachary has provided excellent advice, and has been very clear about what to expect. He is very responsive, answers all questions and is incredibly attentive to your concerns as a client. Most of all Zachary is caring, compassionate and understanding. I would 100% recommend Zachary to anyone.”

grev minCecilia T. – July 2019

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“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!”

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“Future first helped deal with my case in Tempe swiftly and successfully. They also helped in Sealing Records after! Grateful for their service!

grev minS.D. – June 2023

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“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.”

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“Future First Criminal Law is awesome. They provide amazing service. I recommend them 100%. They helped my dad win his case no matter the circumstances. They truly care for their clients and they always keep you up to date with everything. Thank you again for everything.”

grev minDavid L. – April 2023 

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“Mr. Divelbiss and I worked in the same office, although we were at different law firms. He was eager to learn and developed a reputation for honesty and zealous advocacy.”

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