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The Law Office of James E. Novak | Criminal Defense Lawyer in Arizona

Though Arizona is known as a state full of heat, cacti, and other desert conditions and terrain, it is also the fifteenth most populous state of all 50 United States. More than just a retirement community, Arizona has seen growth in many sectors of the economy, with the major cities of Phoenix, Tempe, Tuscon, and Flagstaff growing faster than most cities in the union. Though formerly dependent on mining, The Copper State is now a hub for health care, transportation, and government jobs.

Its more common nickname, The Grand Canyon State, celebrates Arizona as a great place for visitors to visit landmarks like national forests, national parks, and national monuments. From the Four Corners Monument, to the Grand Canyon, to the Navajo Indian culture, to the Meteor Crater, Arizona is full of opportunities for tourists to educate and entertain themselves. Arizona is also home to several golf courses which routinely host famous competitions like the PGA Tour.

Unfortunately, with a strong population and wealth of opportunities for potential visitors, Arizona is also home to a crime rate that is relatively higher than the national average. Additionally, since most of the population is concentrated in Phoenix and the surrounding areas in Maricopa County, so is the crime. Whether it’s a BUI on Theodore Roosevelt Lake or the Colorado River, or shoplifting at a retail store in Tempe, residents and visitors alike can find themselves unexpectedly arrested for a mistake, accident, or misunderstanding.

No matter the circumstances of your Arizona criminal case, it is important to remember that Arizona can be quite punitive on convictions for all charges. An experienced Mesa criminal defense lawyer can help you fight to have your Arizona criminal charges in the Maricopa County area reduced or dismissed, or for a not guilty verdict. When considering a Mesa or Tempe criminal defense attorney as a key part of your defense strategy, it is best to contact him as soon as possible after your arrest.

Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether your Arizona arrest was due to a misunderstanding or a mistake from lapse in judgment, you are facing serious consequences that can negatively impact your future when you are charged with a crime. If you have been charged with any criminal offense in Arizona, specifically in the Maricopa County areas of Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and East Valley, the Law Office of James E. Novak can help you invoke and protect your rights as an accused citizen.

James Novak is a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Maricopa County with several specialized degrees and over 15 years of experience. As a former prosecutor for the county, Novak knows what strategies Arizona law enforcement and attorneys will use against you in court, as well as how to defend against them. To find out more about how the Law Office of James E. Novak can fight to protect your rights and future from conviction for an Arizona criminal offense in the Maricopa County area, call (480) 413-1499 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.


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Crime in Arizona

Though a study commissioned by, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council shows Arizona’s crime rate has fallen 38.5% since 2002, which is twice the crime rate drop for the whole nation, Arizona is still above the national average for arrests. In fact, Arizona’s crime index is still 25% higher than the national average. Violent crimes like assault or aggravated assault in Tempe are of particular concern, with a violent crime index in Arizona at 40% higher than the national average.

Property crimes like burglary in Mesa or theft in Gilbert fare better, with a crime index at only 23% above the national average. Drug offenses like drug or narcotic possession are also of particular concern in Maricopa County, as are drunk driving (DUI) arrests. Whether you have been charged with a violent crime in Mesa or a drug crime in Tempe, you can be sure that the Maricopa County prosecution team is going to vigorously pursue your case. Help ensure your case is just as vigorously defended by hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer serving the Maricopa County area in Arizona.


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Criminal Defense for Communities in and Around Phoenix, Arizona

The most populated areas in Arizona are in and around the capital of Phoenix, with the exception of Tuscon. As such, the number of arrests in this area are higher than the state average due to the increase in population. the Law Office of James E. Novak is proud to serve the defense needs of Arizona citizens and visitors alike of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, from Mesa to East Valley. Depending on the case, James Novak may construct a solid, customized defense for your criminal charges in the Maricopa County area, including the following cities:

  • Mesa
  • Tempe
  • Gilbert
  • Phoenix
  • Chandler
  • Scottsdale
  • East Valley

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Arizona Legal Resources

Arizona Revised Statutes – It is important to understand the charges brought against you as an alleged offender in Arizona, as well as the consequences for a conviction. Follow this link to the online text of the Arizona laws governing many of the common arrests in Maricopa County, such as theft, DUI, assault, and all others.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office – A law enforcement agency committed to providing quality services, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office offers law enforcement, detention, and support services to the citizens of and visitors to Maricopa County. This links to the sheriff’s home page. The sheriff is located at:

100 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 876-1011

Maricopa County Court – Locate important addresses and reference material for Maricopa County’s court system by following this link to the court’s webpage. The information includes specifics on the criminal department, family court system, tax court system, juvenile court system, and civil court system in Arizona. The court’s address is:

201 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ  85003

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The Law Office of James E. Novak | Criminal Attorney in Arizona

If you have been arrested on and charged with a crime in Arizona, particularly in the Maricopa County areas of Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, and East Valley, contact the Law Office of James E. Novak immediately after your arrest to begin your defense. With over 15 years of experience, including a stint as a prosecutor for the county, and several degrees in specialized fields, James Novak knows what it takes to fight the punitive Arizona criminal justice system on your behalf. Your first consultation is free, so call (480) 413-1499 today and schedule yours.