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The Tempe criminal defense attorneys at Colburn Hintze Maletta, PLLC, are proud to provide dedicated legal representation to clients throughout Tempe and the greater metro Phoenix area. We handle DUI cases as well as any other type of criminal case quickly and effectively. Our Tempe criminal defense lawyers will fight for you every step of the way during your case. Non-native English speakers are welcome.
At Colburn Hintze Maletta, PLLC, we understand that all defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law; however, an arrest or charge can result in serious consequences. Even if you are innocent of the charges, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Tempe defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case.
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Arizona Kidnapping & Child Endangerment Charges – Kidnapping is likely one of your worse fears, especially if you have children. When you think of this crime, you may imagine the high-profile abductions seen in popular culture. Many kidnapping cases, however, in Arizona are not that dramatic. You must understand how Arizona defines this crime to know the rights you have when facing this charge. If your child or loved one has their rights violated, you also need to prepare for the report you will have to make. Continue reading below to learn more about both sides of this dangerous situation, whether you or a loved one are the victims or the perpetrators.
Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Charges – When it comes to dangerous drugs, Arizona treats drug crimes very seriously. If the police charge you with distributing or manufacturing dangerous drugs, you potentially face life-altering penalties. If the people receiving the drugs are minors, the sentencing is even harsher and you could face many additional years in prison. Drug distribution or manufacturing charges should prompt you to retain an experienced dangerous drugs defense attorney at the law firm of Colburn Hintze Maletta as soon as possible. We can review your case and help you to understand your options.
Drug Trafficking Charge & Defenses – Charges of drug trafficking, or the transportation of illegal drugs, can result in severe consequences. Arizona has very strict laws carrying severe penalties for people who are convicted of trafficking drugs. As a border state, Arizona prioritizes fighting against drug trafficking and other drug offenses, and people might also face federal charges with even longer potential sentences. If the police have arrested and charged you with transporting or trafficking illegal drugs, you should speak with a drug crimes lawyer at Colburn Hintze Maletta as soon as possible. Retaining an experienced defense lawyer might make the difference between whether you remain free or face prison time.
Possesion of Drug Paraphernalia – Possession of drug paraphernalia in Arizona can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Drug paraphernalia includes anything you might use to store, prepare, make, contain, ingest, inject, or consume illegal drugs. The definition is very broad and can include common items like baggies, scales, aluminum foil, capsules, pipes, rolling papers, straws, spoons, grinders, and needles. When prosecutors decide to charge drug paraphernalia as a felony offense, the case will be filed in superior court. If they decide to charge possession of drug paraphernalia as a misdemeanor, it will be filed in justice court or municipal court.
Arizona Marijuana Laws – When Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana by passing Proposition 207 in Nov. 2020, they created a sea-change in the state. With the legalization of recreational marijuana, some essential changes to the state’s criminal laws for marijuana possession occurred. However, even with marijuana legalization, it is still possible for people to be charged with marijuana offenses when they do not comply with the law. The attorneys at Colburn Hintze Maletta can help you to understand what is allowed and what to avoid under the new Arizona marijuana laws for 2021.
Misdemeanor & Felony Theft Charges– If you are charged with a theft or fraud offense in Arizona, the potential penalties can be severe. People convicted of theft or fraud charges may face thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, long jail or prison sentences, and civil penalties. If you or a loved one is facing a fraud charge or theft charge, understanding the various classifications of these types of crimes can help you. At Colburn Hintze Maletta, our experienced Phoenix criminal defense attorneys can help you understand the charges you are facing, their potential penalties, and the defenses that might be available to you.
Sexual Abuse Charges – Being charged in Arizona with sexual abuse can be devastating. If you are convicted of this offense, you can expect a lengthy prison sentence, fines, mandatory sex offender registration, and other penalties. Being accused of sex abuse is a frightening and stigmatizing experience for most people. Talking to an experienced sexual abuse lawyer at Colburn Hintze Maletta can help you understand your legal options and the available defense strategies.
Sexual Assault Charges – Criminal sexual assault is a very serious crime in Arizona. Also known as rape, a conviction for this offense can result in decades in prison and other severe penalties. If you are convicted of rape, you will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life after you complete your prison sentence. Being accused of a rape offense will also result in substantial public stigma. Even though you are supposed to be presumed innocent until and unless the prosecutor proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, many people assume that someone accused of rape is guilty. This can result in severe reputation damage, job loss, and other problems.
Sex Offender Related Charges – If you have been convicted of a sex crime in Arizona, sex offender registration might be mandatory for you. In addition to other penalties, some sex crimes also require people to register as sex offenders after they are released from jail or prison. After you have served your sentence, you must register with the sheriff’s office in your county on a temporary or permanent basis if your sex offense was a felony or an attempted sex crime. If you fail to comply with the registration procedures, you could face a new criminal charge carrying severe penalties, including prison time.
Luring a Minor – Luring a minor for sexual exploitation can be one of the most harshest penalized sex crimes in Arizona. If you are convicted of this offense, you will face a long prison sentence followed by mandatory registration as a sex offender. You should take your charges seriously and contact an experienced sex crimes defense attorney at Colburn Hintze Maletta as soon as possible. We can help you to understand what to expect and discuss the potential defenses that we might be able to raise to defend you.
Sexual Misconduct with a Minor Charges – In the state of Arizona, people who are convicted of sex offenses are punished very harshly. One of the most serious offenses with which you can be charged is criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The penalties you might face for a conviction of this offense will depend on the victim’s age, the circumstances, and your past criminal record. In some cases, a conviction could result in a sentence of up to life in prison. At Colburn Hintze Maletta, our experienced sex crimes defense attorneys provide knowledgeable and skilled representation to people who are charged with sexual conduct with a minor, child molestation, and other similar offenses.
Assault vs Aggravated Assault Charges – In Arizona, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony assault under several different circumstances. An assault conviction can leave you with a criminal record and potentially result in a lengthy jail or prison sentence, stiff fines, and a loss of your civil rights. If you are facing assault charges, it is essential for you to take your case seriously. An experienced criminal defense attorney at Colburn Hintze Maletta can review your case and help you to understand the penalties you are facing and the legal defenses that might be available to you.
Child Abuse Charges – In Arizona, child or vulnerable adult abuse allegations are serious and can negatively affect your life. Just being charged with child abuse can cause negative impacts even if you are not convicted of the offense. Child abuse accusations can cause you to lose your custody and visitation rights with your child and expose you to criminal penalties. At Colburn Hintze Maletta, our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand how serious child abuse charges are. We are prepared to aggressively defend you against the allegations against you to secure the most favorable outcome possible.
Disorderly Conduct – In Arizona, one of the most commonly charged criminal offenses is disorderly conduct. You can be charged with this crime in a wide variety of circumstances. Actions that can be considered to be disorderly conduct include such things as making an unreasonably loud noise, disrupting a business, causing a commotion, recklessly handling a gun, fighting, and other forms of disruptive behavior. While most types of disorderly conduct are misdemeanors, you could face a felony if you are charged with recklessly displaying or handling a gun.
Domestic Violences – In Arizona, domestic violence is treated seriously by the courts. Domestic violence is not a separate crime but is instead a sentence enhancer that can apply to multiple other charges. An offense can be designated as a domestic violence crime when the defendant and the alleged victim have a qualifying type of relationship. Many other offenses can also be charged as domestic violence offenses. If you have been accused of a crime with a domestic violence designation attached, you should talk to an experienced domestic violence lawyer at Colburn Hintze Maletta.
Manslaughter & Homicide – In Arizona, homicides are among the most severe types of felony offenses that are charged. If you have been accused of a homicide offense, it is critical for you to get help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. There are several different homicide offenses in Arizona with additional penalties. The particular offense you might be charged with will depend on the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. No matter what happened, do not talk to the police officers who are investigating you or who arrest you.
Misdemeanor DUI – Seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror after going out for a couple of drinks can be frightening. Because Arizona is known for being a “zero-tolerance state,” you do not have to drink very much alcohol to be charged and arrested for a DUI. According to Arizona DUI laws, the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration is 0.08%, which can equal the amount of alcohol you might get in one or two beverages, depending on your gender, weight, the food you consumed, and the time during which you were drinking. Even if your BAC is lower than 0.08%, you can also face DUI charges for driving while impaired by alcohol. DUI charges are very common in Phoenix and can carry severe penalties.
Extreme DUI and Super Extreme DUI in Arizona – In Arizona, being charged with driving under the influence can potentially wreak havoc on your life. While the penalties for even a first offense DUI are harsh, the potential consequences of an extreme or super extreme DUI in Arizona are even more severe. If your blood alcohol concentration tests at 0.15% or higher within two hours of driving, you can be charged with one of these more serious DUI offenses. Because of the potential penalties that you could face, you should talk to an experienced DUI defense lawyer at Colburn Hintze Maletta as soon as possible for help with defending against your charges.
Felony Aggravated DUI – Many Arizona DUIs are misdemeanors, including regular, extreme, and super extreme DUIs. However, you can be charged with an aggravated or felony DUI in the state when certain aggravating factors are present. An aggravated DUI is a felony and carries harsh penalties and other repercussions. If you face aggravated felony DUI charges, you should promptly retain an experienced defense lawyer at Colburn Hintze Maletta.
Marijuana DUI – With the passing of Proposition 207 in the November 2020 election, recreational marijuana is now legal in Arizona. Since marijuana use in Arizona by adults over the age of 21 is legal for both recreational and medical purposes, some people might be unaware that they can be charged with a DUI on marijuana if they are driving while impaired to the slightest degree. Even though marijuana is now legal, it is still against the law if you “drive while high” – but there are numerous factors to determine whether or not a person is impaired.
Prescription Drug DUI – Many Arizonans are surprised when they are charged with a DUI on drugs for their legally prescribed medications. However, Arizona’s DUI laws allow you to be charged with a DUI on prescription drugs when an officer believes that you are impaired to the slightest degree by your medication. In certain cases, people will be stopped by the police and told that they are allegedly impaired, even though they are following their doctors’ orders. If you face these types of charges, you should get help from experienced DUI attorneys at Colburn Hintze Maletta.
Boating DUI or OUI Charges – In Arizona, it is a crime to operate a boat on any body of water while intoxicated with any drug or alcohol. There are three names for this specific conviction, including a boating OUI, a BUI, or a boating DUI. Many of the consequences for these charges are similar to those for a standard DUI while in a car. The differences are that you are in control of a watercraft rather than a vehicle. You must schedule a consultation with a defense attorney who can explain the options you have after an arrest.
Underage Drinking DUI – No matter your age, it is illegal for anyone to drive under the influence of any drug, including alcohol, in Arizona. When you receive your license, your actions are under the Implied Consent Law. This legal term means that officers have the right to give you a blood alcohol concentration test at any time. In Arizona, there are differences between an adult and an underage DUI. Penalties will also vary on your blood alcohol concentration reading. Thankfully, a Phoenix Underage DUI attorney at Colburn Hintze Maletta can help you manage your DUI case, providing you with the defenses you need to lower your sentencing and possibly even dismissing the case all together.
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Tempe Police Stations, Courts, and Jails
|Tempe Police Department – Headquarters||Police department||120 E 5th St Tempe AZ 85281|
|Tempe Police Department – Apache Substation||Police department||1855 E Apache Blvd Tempe AZ 85281|
|Tempe Police Department Property Disposal Publications||Police department||1875 E Apache Blvd Tempe AZ 85281|
|ASU Police Department||Police department||325 E Apache Blvd Tempe AZ 85281|
|Tempe Police Department – Hardy Substation||Police department||8201 S Hardy Dr Tempe AZ 85284|
|Tempe Municipal Court||City courthouse||140 E 5th St Tempe AZ 85281|
|Tempe City Hall||City Hall||31 E 5th St Tempe AZ 85281|
|Tempe Water Department||Water utility company||20 E 6th St Tempe AZ 85281|
|City of Tempe Az||City Hall||900 W 9th St Tempe AZ 85281|
|Jail- City of Tempe||Prison||120 E 5th St Tempe AZ 85281|
Tempe Bail Bond Services
|Alliance Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||1013 S Stapley Dr Mesa AZ 85204|
|Budget Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||8 E 6th Ave B Mesa AZ 85210|
|Didn t Do It Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||1837 S Mesa Dr a200 Mesa AZ 85210|
|Libre by Nexus – Phoenix AZ||Bail bonds service||4600 E Washington St suite 300 Phoenix AZ 85034|
|Renegade Bail Bonds||Bail bonds service||244 N Country Club Dr Mesa AZ 85201|
Tempe Hospitals & Urgent Care
|Mountain Park Health Center Tempe Clinic||Medical clinic||1840 E Broadway Rd Tempe AZ 85281|
|Fresenius Medical Care at Tempe Saint Lukes Medical Center||Medical clinic|Insurance agency|Medical Center|Hospital||1500 S Mill Ave Tempe AZ 85281|
|Occupational Medicine Urgent Care||Medical clinic||1612 S Priest Dr Tempe AZ 85281|
|DispatchHealth Urgent Medical Care Phoenix||Urgent care center|Emergency care service|Service establishment|
|HonorHealth Medical Group – West Tempe – Primary Care||Family practice physician||1626 S Priest Dr Suite 104 Tempe AZ 85281|
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I have nothing but good things to say about my experience working with David Maletta. I was in a very high-stress situation facing a pending DUI charge. He doesn’t know this, but I actually interviewed 5 potential lawyers, and he was the most optimistic of all of them. He took over and handled everything, and now I don’t have to live with a DUI. Thank you so much for everything! Highly recommend them to anyone looking for legal help.
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“I was found NOT GUILTY. Dave won the trial for me.”
Dave stayed with me while he pushed back and forth with Covid-19 and the delays with court. Once cited, the state basically decides that you’re guilty through the automatic suspension of your drivers license. Dave immediately took care of that problem and I never lost the privilege of driving. Dave took notes like crazy and was upfront about our uphill battle. I was also well aware that the plea deal that was given to us, was unacceptable and through Dave’s knowledge and experience I had put my trust in him to guide me to make the right decision on how to proceed. With Dave’s guidance I had decided that we needed to fight for something better than what the prosecutor was offering and Dave was 100 percent behind me on that decision. We knew the risks, be we also knew we had very little to lose based on the prosecutions stance. We decided to go to trial… Watching the prosecution and then watching Dave was night and day!! It was clear to the jury that the prosecution didn’t have their facts straight and were not addressing the facts that they could not address…There was a lot at stake for my personal life and my work life. I was found NOT GUILTY. Dave won the trial for me.
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Best divorce lawyers in Arizona, hands down. Timothy Hintz handled my divorce, and as a father, I have my son and our house. I would give them more stars, but the option is not there. His paralegal Jennifer Bone is extremely competent, and the whole team is very friendly. Took a big weight off, having them behind me.
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Darin helped me with a complex family law issue involving ownership of multiple businesses and other assets. He was able to structure a win-win that wasn’t only better than I thought was possible but that protected the business I had built. Above and beyond that, he did it with great customer service and character – which really matters to me. This was the best possible outcome, great price, and fast.
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“David was relentless in his pursuit of my son’s innocence”
We retained David Maletta to represent our son after being cited for what can only be described as a momentary lapse of reason. David was extremely knowledgeable, was able to clearly communicate very complicated concepts, and was relentless in his pursuit of my son’s innocence. He had strong relationships with the prosecuting attorney and respect of the judge, which ultimately resulted in my son learning a really hard lesson with limited consequences (traffic school and writing an essay to the judge on the physics of driving 130MPH and what happens if that goes badly). I have already sent all of my friends with teenage and 20 year old kids his contact information for when they inevitably get that call. David completely exceeded all of our expectations and we could not recommend him any stronger. Thank you for everything.
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Before I hired Darin I went through a total of 3 different attorneys in two different states fighting a jurisdiction battle, when my daughter was taken to a different state. It was a very difficult decision to switch attorneys at one of the most difficult, time sensitive and important times in my case, but I’m very glad I did. Upon receiving my file from previous attorneys Darin came very familiar with my case quickly. Like other people have explained he took the time to lay everything out and explain how the process was going to proceed and what to expect and continued to do this as new issues arrived. He is also very quick at responding to emails and phone calls. My case was getting close to trial as told by my previous attorneys, I did not want to go to trial as I know this is very costly (most attorneys will convince you that you need to.) Darin knew my situation, fought for what was right and got the results I wanted while avoiding a costly trial. He is extremely knowledgeable in the Child Support Guidelines as well. Because of Darin I got my daughter back. I would highly recommend him and would hire again for any future issues. Thanks Darin!
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I hired David Maletta and it was the best decision of my life. His knowledge, genuine interest, overall attitude, and ability to connect with people is incomparable. I could talk about all of this at length. I COULD do all of that, but that wouldn’t do David justice. He first and foremost demonstrates his interest and genuine care for his client. Being in uncharted territory with a criminal charge and nowhere to turn, David’s presence and personality put all nerves at ease. I went through a jury trial with David beside me. The trial ran for 3 days and I spent a significant amount of time with David one-on-one. During this stressful time, he wanted to hear my input and thoughts on everything. David was incredible from the first day I met him. Not only is he a great attorney, but he is also a great person who cares about people and finding justice for his clients. He connects to the human side of people. I can’t put into words how much David cares about the individual in a case. When it comes to the courtroom, there is NOBODY I would rather have defending me than David.
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“He fights for his clients like no one I have ever seen”
David Maletta is the absolute best trial attorney in the state of Arizona. He is a kind, emphatic, and extremely patient person. As an attorney, he is prepared, aggressive, and extremely skilled. He is not afraid to go to trial and fight for his clients, like other attorneys that just plead their clients to the original charges. When he is in trial, he flips a switch and goes from a nice guy to a killing machine. He fights for his clients like no one I have ever seen. Watching him do a cross-examination is exhilarating because he is so good it’s scary.
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“Listens to every request that you make on a case”
I honestly just want to let it be known to any and everyone looking for an attorney on a case. Whether it be DUI, possession, or your every day to day traffic violations where you need representation attorney Tim Hintze is your man. You have to respect a man that listens to every request that you make on a case and he gets in there and gets it done. Tim has my respect as an attorney and being a well-rounded representer. From him being honest on the possibility and options for your case to him being easy to work and communicate with via over the phone or face to face Mr. Hintze is working it out.
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“I still have a clean record to this day.”
One piece of advice for people who are charged with anything in Arizona is to hire a great lawyer because the state does not care if you’re innocent or not. The Arizona legal system will try to ruin your life. A couple of years ago I was the victim of an antisemitic hate crime when a guy named Billy, who had a history of drug and alcohol issues and was thrown out of the Navy for being violent, decided to attack me after drinking all day in Old Town (Sunday funday) over a pointless argument over whether it’s better to buy homes immediately post-recession or during the 10th year of a bull market run which was his argument. The disagreement led to Billy making several anti-semitic comments and assaulting me, which led to me beating up billy. Billy and his friends then went to the police and lied to try to get me thrown in jail for months for assault while getting 10s of thousands of dollars in restitution in the process. I hired David Maletta. We went to court and destroyed Billy and his best friend/roommate Taylor who were trying to extort me and ruin my life. In Arizona there is a 3.5% chance you’ll get all charges dropped because of how hard the state is on crime but we pulled it off and I still have a clean record to this day.
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I recently consulted with Darin after my wife filed for divorce. He was referred to me by a friend whom I very much trust. Darin was the antithesis of the first two attorneys I consulted (who were matter-of-fact and had very little empathy about the fact that I was struggling emotionally with what was transpiring). From the first few minutes of speaking with Darin, it was obvious that he was very knowledgeable and skilled with divorce and family matters. While that was most important to me, the thing that made the difference was his calming, logical, and empathetic approach. He took the time to listen and empathize with me. He took the time to understand what I wanted to achieve through this process and laid out my options. After the consultation, I knew he would be my attorney if I had to pull the trigger. I, ultimately, didn’t have to engage Darin’s services due to a reconciliation with my wife. I hope I never have to go through that process again. However, if I do, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt who I will be hiring to represent me…Darin R. Colburn. Darin, thank you for caring and being more than an attorney.
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“Tim was absolutely amazing and worked diligently”
I had an incident and was given the catch-all charge. There wasn’t really anything I could do by myself to get out of it. Tim was absolutely amazing and worked diligently to ensure that I would have the best possible outcome from my case. Which he successfully achieved! As of right now, I am on the path to having my case fully dismissed. A couple of things that really helped me through this process was that Tim did an amazing job at answering my questions. He was available almost anytime and would respond promptly when he got my emails. He was also very approachable and comforting to be around while we had in person meetings and especially when I was at the court house. I would trust him and the company he works for with any other cases in the future, and as of right now, they will be my first choice if I need a lawyer in the future.