Misdemeanor Defense Attorney In Tucson, Arizona


Though misdemeanor offenses may have lesser punishments and may seem less severe, they can still have a drastic impact on your life. It is important that misdemeanors be taken as seriously as any other type of crime. Any criminal conviction is a criminal conviction, and in an ideal scenario, everyone will be able to maintain a clean record.


I pride myself on offering aggressive and experienced misdemeanor criminal defense representation to clients located all around the Tucson, Arizona area. I strive to help clients understand their rights and the options they have for seeking a resolution to their misdemeanor case.


The Most Common Types Of Misdemeanors


A wide variety of crimes are considered misdemeanors. Felonies are typically crimes that are more egregious and severe in nature. This doesn’t mean that misdemeanors are something you shouldn’t be worried about. They can still mean time behind bars, supervised release, and large fines and fees if you don’t fight them. Some of the types of misdemeanors I commonly handle are:


  • Drunk driving (DUI/DWI) charges (though some may be considered a felony)
  • Traffic violations including criminal speeding tickets, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license
  • Minor drug offenses (such as possession of a small amount of marijuana)
  • Shoplifting
  • Domestic violence offenses
  • Assault, criminal damage, and disorderly conduct
  • Contracting without a license


There are many different types of misdemeanor crimes. I can meet with you to review your case and determine the best way to pursue a resolution, whether that means taking the case to trial or working with the prosecution to arrange an agreement for a lesser charge or dismissal. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and we need to be able to take your differences into account when we’re determining the best option for you.


Penalties For Misdemeanor Charges In Tucson, Arizona


Every one of my client’s situations is unique to them. No two cases are exactly the same, so it’s important not to assume that you know exactly what will happen until you’ve spoken to an attorney. There are penalties set that apply to various levels of misdemeanor charges. These include:


Class 3 Misdemeanor: Up to 30 days in jail, a maximum of one year of probation, and a $500 fine plus surcharges. Common Class 3 misdemeanors include trespassing, criminal speeding, and less severe cases of assault.


Class 2 Misdemeanor: Up to four months in jail, up to two years of probation, and a $750 fine plus surcharges. Examples of Class 2 misdemeanors are second-degree criminal trespassing, criminal damage, and midlevel assault offenses.


Class 1 Misdemeanor: The most severe misdemeanor. Up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine plus surcharges. Many things fall under the banner of a Class 1 misdemeanor, including driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, shoplifting or theft, higher level assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, and DUI.


Misdemeanors are rather routine, but don’t treat them any differently from the way you would treat felonies. They’ll show up in your background, and they can continue to make your life difficult. If you have the opportunity to fight your misdemeanor, you’d be a fool not to take it. That’s exactly what we’re prepared to do on your behalf. We know the law, and we want to help you use it to your advantage. Take control of your life and your future.


The Unique Circumstances Of Class 1 DUI Misdemeanors


Class 1 misdemeanors are a little different. It’s not just because of their severity, but because this class of misdemeanors encompasses DUI offenses. DUI is a completely separate beast in Arizona, and the maximum probation duration can be up to five years.


DUI convictions involve mandatory ignition interlock devices. These devices will keep the car from starting if they detect any alcohol on your breath, and they may require additional samples for consistent verification. You can also face suspension or revocation of your driving privileges, having to apply for a hardship license that will only permit you to travel to mandatory destinations, like your job or to doctor’s appointments.


DUI misdemeanors are still serious, even if they aren’t felonies. The penalties, fines, and punishments that come bundled with Class 1 DUI misdemeanors can be just as, if not more, difficult than the aftermath of a felony. It’s important to realize that.


Don’t just plead guilty to DUI charges. If the stop is illegal, or the equipment at the stop is even slightly inaccurate or calibrated incorrectly and you provide a breath sample, the officers need to be able to prove that the equipment is in working order. If this is your first DUI offense, you need to allow aggressive attorneys like us to fight for you.


How Do Misdemeanor Cases Work?


Misdemeanor cases generally take a few months to complete with the help of an excellent attorney. Depending on the offense and the circumstances, your case might take longer. Simple cases with first time offenders can be made surprisingly short. It’s not the amount of time that matters – it’s worth taking longer to assure the results that you want, so don’t focus on speeding through your court case. Focus on working with an attorney who can help you get things done the right way.


The first step of your case is the arraignment, and you should get in touch with us before that. The arraignment is when you enter a plea, which we will discuss with you beforehand. Sometimes, it’s worth pleading not guilty. Other times, it might be easier to work with a guilty plea. We won’t know until we’re able to converse with you. Bond and possible release might also determined by the judge at the arraignment.


Then, case management conferences will take place. These conferences are where we can fight on your behalf. We’ll confer and negotiate with the prosecution to assure that you’re being treated as fairly as possible. We can help you determine whether a trial or another resolution are better for your case. If we can come to a non-trial resolution, the process stops there.


When a trial seems necessary, we’ll go back before the judge to ensure that we have all the evidence and information, and to set important dates. Then, evidentiary hearings may take place. We will examine the evidence to determine whether or not it’s valid, and if any mistakes have been made with key evidence. The state and the officers involved in your case are held to the highest standards under the law, and we know how to look for errors they may have made. If your police stop wasn’t conducted properly or you were illegally searched, we can get evidence thrown out.


If it becomes necessary, we’ll go on to trial. There are two kinds of trials – judge-only trials, and peer jury trials. It all depends on the kind of charges you’re facing.


We know exactly how to defend you against a misdemeanor. We’re aggressive, motivated, and passionate about defending people like you. If we can prevent you from winding up with a criminal record, that’s exactly what we want to do. If the facts of your case limit the options, we can at least minimize the potential damage that your misdemeanor can do. We’ll always put your needs first.


Get Your Free Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Consultation


Trouble can happen at any time. That’s why you can call us – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also email us at doug@dougtaylorlaw.com, or use the contact form at the top of this page to submit your request right now. The sooner you get in touch with us, the quicker we can act. We’re available for free misdemeanor consultations. We provide flexible scheduling, and we’re available for jail consultations for a small fee. Let experienced attorneys like us fight for you.