Many lawyers in the Scottsdale – Phoenix area dabble in the Criminal Defense arena, while focusing on a large load of civil, divorce and other types of cases. They believe that Arizona Criminal Defense is simple. Unfortunately, handling civil matters can be entirely different from handling Criminal Defense cases. Your attorney should understand the criminal system. Under Arizona law and procedure, criminal cases are governed by a completely separate set of procedural rules than any civil case. The issues are entirely different than in any divorce case or contractual dispute, since every criminal defense case deals with your fundamental constitutional rights. And in many cases, including Superior Court cases charged in the Phoenix area, a separate set of judges handle criminal cases. If you are accused of a criminal act it is important to get representation from a defense lawyer who stays current in the legal issues of criminal defense, and is experienced in and familiar with the criminal courts and prosecuting agencies of Arizona and the Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale area.