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Zachary Divelbiss

Zachary Divelbiss

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  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • Arizona
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At Future First Criminal Law we help keep GOOD people out of jail! We are a competitive criminal defense law firm in the valley that ruthlessly advocates for our clients. We work continously to pursue the goals of each individual client and fight endlessly until we reach the desired resolution. Our clients enjoy the benefit of being educated about the criminal defense process so we can resolve their current matter(s) and prevent any future criminal issues. Our firm has received the best training through both small and large criminal law firms, including the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office. Our goal is to achieve the best resolution for our clients and in order to do that we limit the amount of clients we retain in order to dedicate all of our time and resources to the clients we accept. Additionally, we limit our practice to criminal, DUI, and traffic offenses in order to master and provide an incredible defense for our clients. If you are facing any criminal charges or have criminal law questions, please contact us NOW to set up a free consultation!

Arizona Summit Law School
J.D. (2016) | Legal Studies
Honors: Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award Cum Laude Castro and Merit Scholarship Dean's Award 2014-2016 Top 10% Graduation
Activities: Law Review Moot Court
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Arizona State University
B.S. (2014) | Justice Studies
Honors: Cum Laude Provost Scholarship
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Professional Experience
Future First Criminal Law
- Current
• Advocate and educate criminal defendants through all processes of felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses throughout Maricopa County. At Future First Criminal Law We Help Keep Good People From Going to Jail! We Advocate and Educate Criminal Defendants Through All Processes of Felony and Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses Throughout Maricopa County.
Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite
• Reviewed and analyzed documents for discovery in a large, complex intellectual property and breach of contract case using Relativity platform. • Analyzed complex legal documents including emails, contracts, spreadsheets and other contract documents. • Determined which issues applied to each document and coded the documents accordingly. • Reviewed and determined if the document was responsive to the issues in the case and determined if any type of attorney-client privilege applied. • Performed quality control on other reviewers work to ensure the client was receiving a top quality product.
Law Clerk/Extern
Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
• Received projects from a team of over twelve attorneys while working hand-in-hand with paralegals, investigators, and secretaries. • Successful Motions: Rule 20 – Charge Dismissed, Reaffirmation Finding of Incompetency – Case Dismissed, Severance of Charges – Granted, and Necessarily-Included Lesser Offense – Granted in Jury Instruction. • Compiled thorough pre-litigation research memorandums for matters involving double jeopardy, standing, discovery and counsel disqualifications. • Performed expedited projects for attorneys during trial on matters involving judicial discretion and prosecutorial misconduct. • Completed extensive post-litigation research memorandums for matters involving sentencing, restitution, and expungement laws. • Research, memo writing, courtroom observation, various criminal pre-trial and trial proceedings. • Completed over 200 hours of legal research and writing while working in close contact with supervising attorney. • Courtroom Duties: Assist with Voir Dire, Attend Conferences, Assist with Clients at Health Court Probation Violations, and Observe Complete Trial. • Motions: Franks and Pre-Indictment Delay. • Memorandums: Pre-Indictment Delay, Sexual Misconduct - Position of Trust as Teaching Assistant, Possession of Marijuana - Fresh vs. Burnt, and Misidentification. • Attend: Psychiatric Review Board Hearing and Restoration of Rights Volunteer.
Law Clerk
Lorona Mead, PLC
• Gained general and advanced civil litigation experience in over 30 separate cases. • Drafted complaints, answers, amended complaints, 26.1, interrogatories, request for production, attorney fees, wrongful termination, negotiation letters, status reports, scheduling orders, failure to prosecute, and specific research memos. • Completed over 400 hours of research, writing, and client interaction.
Law Extern
Cavanagh Law Firm
• Researched complex insurance statutes and cases involving insurers obligation to provide replacement parts of “like kind and quality” and “diminution of value.” • Created and compiled a 36-page report including statutory and case law for all 50 states to be included in insurance treatise. • Completed over 200 hours of legal research and writing.
Law Extern
Harla Davison Law Firm
• Experience drafting motions to suppress, remand grand jury and sentencing memos. • Observational experience with change of plea, continuances, initial pre-trial conferences, discovery requests, oral arguments, witness interviews. • Completed over 350 hours of overall experience with Rule 38(d) Limited Practice Certification.
Articles & Publications
9 Things Every Defendant Should Know About Plea Bargains
James Publishing
Speaking Engagements
Arizona State University Criminal Justice Presentation, ASU Downtown
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Watch: Presentation: Live presentation to ASU criminology students about the justice system and the complexities of short term criminal justice vs. long term unforeseen consequences. Hosted by: Claudine DeCarolis, Ed.D. Lecturer/Honors Faculty Alpha Phi Sigma Advisor Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Arizona State University
Arizona State University Alpha Phi Sigma Presentation, ASU Downtown
Alpha Phi Sigma
Presentation: To Alpha Phi Sigma sorority presentation in relation to the criminal justice system and how the consequences of criminal charges can damage future potential unexpectedly and how to avoid the long-term consequences of criminal cases.
Scottsdale Community College - Criminal Justice & Justice Studies, Virtual
Scottsdale Community College
Watch: Presentation: Legal and Ethic Perspective from a Criminal Defense Lawyer Assignment: 1. In one or more paragraph/s explain what you would do if you were the defense attorney in this case - what you would do and why? 2. In one or more paragraph/s explain what the ethical issues are in this particular case, as it relates to the defense attorney. Use words and terms you have learned from reading your textbook and studies.
Certified Notary Public - State of Arizona
Arizona Secretary of State
Client Champion 2021
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Client Champion 2020
Client Champions are an elite group of attorneys who have received exceptional reviews from the people that know them best, their clients. The confidential client review process is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 033949
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Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
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Legal Answers
Q. If contacted by a detective about a stament I mabe do I need to talk to them
A: Brian, above, is correct that you do not have to talk to a detective. However, it sounds like you already talked to the detective and now they want you to talk to them again. I strongly caution you against talking to them in the first place. However, talking to them a second time really screams bad news. I see this happen often where someone talks the first time and the detective doesnt think they have probable cause to arrest so then they release you. Then, they talk to their supervisor or partner detectives and find out that they actually do have probable cause to arrest you. So, what they do is try and trick you into coming down to the police station to give a follow-up statement. If that happens and you show up, know that you are almost certainly going to be arrested whether you talk to them or not. They do it this way because it is safe and easy. They think your guard is down and that is when they arrest you and book you into jail, which conveniently is where you happen to already be. I strongly recommend that the only thing you tell the detectives is that you are hiring a lawyer and don't want to answer any questions until you have a lawyer. Then, actually hire a lawyer. Future First Criminal Law frequently represent clients in these investigation type cases where we can talk to the detectives on your behalf and help protect you from walking into traps that are set up to put you behind bars. Feel free to reach out for a free consultation.
Q. was arrested & taken to jail & released. I was given a traffic ticket & complaint for DUI. Why isn’t my case show online
A: Hello, sorry to hear that you are facing DUI charges and are unable to locate the ticket online. This could happen for a couple different reasons. First, it might simply be too soon before the information gets posted online. The online databases are not real-time, so they don't show information automatically as they have to sometimes go through review processes before they are posted. Secondly, some courts do not post their charges online so finding them is not going to be possible online and you will have to contact the court directly by phone or in person to find your case. Third, there is a complex legal term call long-form charges that happen in AZ. Even though you received a ticket, the charges still have to be submitted to the prosecutor and then the prosecutor submits them to the court. If the prosecutor doesn't submit the charges, then the charges will not appear. Even when you call the court, they will tell you that they don't have the charges and your court date on the ticket could be cancelled. Always be sure to double check with the court or our law team if you believe that court has been cancelled. If you are wrong, the judge will issue a warrant if you don't appear. If you need help hiring a lawyer, please contact my team and we will get you set up with a free consultation. 602-900-7625. Here are the two most common places to find your charges: County and (most) City Court: Justice Courts (Maricopa County):
Q. What should i do with an open container charge? Pulled over for failure to stop and had open container in car.
A: I agree with Stewart's answer. To add some more information. There is typically a benefit of hiring a lawyer to seeking a plea deal that allows you to take an alcohol course in exchange for getting the case dismissed. This will save you some money and protect your criminal record. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend hiring a lawyer in order to protect your future criminal record.
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Future First Criminal Law Phoenix Office
2999 N. 44th St. Suite 307
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Cell: (602) 900-7625
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
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Future First Criminal Law
Phoenix Office
8650 N 35th Ave
Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Cell: (602) 900-7625
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Please CALL before arriving at office to confirm we are open.