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Arizona board-certified criminal attorney
30+ years of legal experience
Aggressive & proactive defense strategy
Proven track record in defending criminal cases

Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you’re charged with a crime in Arizona, everything is at stake. Even your first criminal conviction could land you in prison. Without help from an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney, you’re putting your job, your home, and your family in danger.

Whatever charges you’re facing, Snader Law Group is here to defend you. We take your criminal charges personally. Our Arizona board-certified criminal attorney Howard Snader can provide the aggressive and proactive defense you need to protect your rights today.

Don’t Gamble With Your Freedom

If you’ve been charged with a crime in Arizona, your freedom is at risk. If convicted, it will be difficult to find a job or enjoy the freedom that you have now. Don’t walk away from your criminal case without speaking with a defense attorney first. Call us today to speak with a Phoenix criminal lawyer who will fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

Why Do I Need An Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney?

Being accused of a crime is an extremely challenging experience. Without the assistance of a seasoned defense lawyer, you’re prone to making mistakes that can result in your conviction. You’ll suffer the consequences of a conviction, such as:

  • Difficulty finding a job
  • Trouble getting a security clearance
  • Losing your professional license
  • Being known as “the guy who went to jail”

Even if you do not go to jail in Arizona, a criminal conviction can have the same lasting consequences. Don’t forget about fines, fees, restitution, and other costly criminal penalties you will have to pay. If you don’t want to risk your freedom, you need an experienced Phoenix criminal defense lawyer to help you prepare an aggressive and effective defense for your case. Call us now to get started on your defense strategy!

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Client Testimonials

We have been very pleased with the services of Howard Snader and his staff. They've shown mutual understanding, prompt updates, and thorough efforts clearly on our behalf. We thank you very much and would definitely return for any legal services, and give high recommendations for you.
Marina Cuprisin
Howard Snader is a very experienced professional with loads of experience in criminal law. Give him a call for a consultation and he will help lead you in the right direction, even without a retainer. The best in the business and honest and sincere.
Anthony Ray
I know Howard is perhaps the most organized and efficient criminal defense lawyer I know. His attention to detail and ability to work out amazing deals is one that the whole criminal defense bar looks to.
Jason K.
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Case Results Arizona's Professional Licensing Boards

State-authorized boards oversee a variety of professions in Arizona and handle reprimand and license suspensions for these professions. The selection and obligations of various professional boards are outlined by several chapters in the Arizona Revised Statutes.

These statutes also address administrative duty, immunity from liability, reinstatement requirements, and several other concerns.

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Charge Aggravated DUI with three prior Agg DUIs and committed while on probation
Result Client received probation
Charge Possession of Marijuana for Sale (3 TONS) Transportation of Marijuana for Sale. Client had prior for same conduct
Result Original offer was 8-10 years. Client accepted prison term of 2.5 years with one year credit.
Charge DUI
Result Motion for sanctions granted. Case dismissed. State refiled: motion to suppress granted. Case again dismissed.
Charge Aggravated Assault (broken nose and cheek bone of woman on date)
Result Jury Trial: Acquitted of Aggravated Assault. Convicted of Misdemeanor Assault.
State Bar of Arizona Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
Snader Law Group part of Arizona state bar
2018 America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys Award
Part of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Criminal defense attorney member of Maricopa county bar association.
Part of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Part of Arizona's Finest Lawyers award
Avvo Top Contributor Award

Practice Areas

Our board-certified criminal law specialist and Phoenix criminal defense attorney defends clients from a wide variety of criminal charges in Phoenix, Avondale, and more areas in Arizona.

Domestic Violence

When you have been accused of an act of domestic violence in Phoenix, get ready for your life to change unless you hire an experienced Phoenix domestic violence lawyer. Arizona courts take domestic violence charges very seriously and Arizona criminal law is very tough on those convicted of domestic violence. If you are charged with domestic violence in Phoenix, you will likely be charged with:

Along with these charges, you can expect to be barred from possessing a firearm, even if it is required for your job. It may also affect your child custody and visitation rights. Allegations of domestic violence are often false. The accuser is often the aggressor and the accused acted in self-defense. However, the system will usually favor the accuser leaving the accused feeling like they have been convicted without a trial. If you’re facing DV charges or dealing with orders of protection in Arizona, the right Phoenix criminal lawyer can make the difference between jail time and family time. Call us now to take action and defend your rights today.

Aggravated Assault

Under Arizona criminal law, assault is a misdemeanor. However, the enhanced charge of aggravated assault is a serious felony charge that comes with up to a 20-year sentence in Arizona state prison. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is charged whenever any object that is potentially deadly is used to threaten or inflict injury on another. The aggravated assault enhancement is often added to other criminal charges associated with Arizona felony charges like

  • Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Assault on a Police Officer

The aggravated assault enhancement can also be added if the assault was committed while an order of protection was in place. If you have been charged with aggravated assault in Phoenix, you need an experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorney to fight for you. We can defend you from violent crime charges, such as:

Drug Crimes

Arizona criminal law imposes harsh penalties on drug crimes. If you’re facing a drug charge in Arizona, the odds aren’t in your favor. Whether it’s for marijuana, prescription drugs, or other controlled substances, you can be charged with:

Theft & Property Crimes

If you’ve been arrested for robbery or burglary charges, you should keep in mind that theft and property crimes can have long-lasting consequences. Whether you’ve already been charged with these offenses or if you’re being investigated for them, a conviction in Arizona can ruin your life in many ways. But it doesn’t need to! Having a skilled Phoenix property crime lawyer fighting on your side ensures that justice is served fairly. Call us today to schedule a consultation and get help with your charges!

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor in Arizona and sexual abuse of a child are serious felonies. Child sex crime allegations in Phoenix are particularly difficult to defend. The only witness is often the child victim, who are susceptible to the influence of others. The problem is the “others” may be an ex-spouse or ex-girlfriend seeking revenge for a bad breakup or other reasons. Bringing truth and clarity to a sex abuse case requires an experienced Phoenix sex crime attorney or you may end up spending years behind bars and a lifetime on the sex offender registry. Sexual exploitation of a minor, also known a possession of child pornography in Phoenix, is another Arizona sex crime that has serious consequences. In this digital age, your computer or other device is vulnerable to viruses and is often accessible by others who may introduce images or videos of people who appear to be minors engaged in sex acts. If your Phoenix criminal defense attorney has little or no experience in these types of cases, you are likely to be doing time and be required to register as a sex offender in Arizona. Don’t risk your freedom! Call us today to schedule a consultation and start working on your defense. We have experience defending clients from various sex crime charges, including:

Don’t Plead Guilty. Talk to a Lawyer Now!

If you have been arrested in Phoenix for a felony or serious misdemeanor like domestic violence, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child exploitation of a minor, or other criminal charges, you have questions only a criminal law specialist can answer. Give us a call or click here to ask a lawyer now!

Why Choose Our Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Firm

When you choose Snader Law Group, you know that you’re in good hands. With over 30 years of experience defending criminal cases in Arizona, we have both the knowledge and experience to craft a strong defense for your case.

  • Aggressive & Proactive Defense Strategy
    • We pride ourselves on our aggressive criminal defense strategy and our compassion and understanding of our client’s circumstances. That is why we say, “We take your criminal charges personally.”
  • Compassionate Legal Representation
    • At Snader Law Group, we don’t treat you as just a case. We take your case personally, and we will treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve. Ask our clients, and you’ll hear how they felt treated like a close friend or family member at our firm.
  • Proven Track Record in Defending Criminal Cases
    • We have thousands of criminal defense success stories, and we know how to apply our previous experiences to your unique situation. You don’t have to face your charge in fear; we’ll be here to guide you throughout your case.
  • Defending with Your Best Interest in Mind
    • We promise to give you the best possible criminal defense and to always put your interests first. We’ll never roll over and take the first plea deal that comes along just to end your case and pocket your money. We don’t deal unless it is the best possible solution for you.
Howard A. Snader
"I retained Howard almost 1 year ago to the date, I was stressed, anxious and nervous about my felony charge…"

…that had gone through the courts and was dropped to a misdemeanor and then as of yesterday was informed that my case had been dismissed! Howard and his team were professional, gave good advice over the past year and worked well with me communicating and a payment plan so I could be properly represented. I would highly recommend him for anyone who needs a great defense attorney and is very knowledgeable. Overall a good experience and there was always someone at their office to speak to any time. Thanks again for your help!

Jeff Stebbins - Google Review