FAQs

Do you offer free consultations?
  • Yes, we offer a 30 minute free in-office consultation. If your friend or loved one is incarcerated, a consultation can be arranged at any Maricopa County jail for a $300 fee, which will be applied to the retainer if our firm is hired.

Is it important to have an attorney represent me in a criminal case?
  • It is never advisable for someone to represent himself or herself in a criminal case. Legal representation is so important in criminal cases, that if a person cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint an attorney.

What is the difference between a private attorney and an appointed attorney?
  • All lawyers in Arizona must have a law degree from an accredited school and pass the bar exam in order to legally practice law. As in any other profession, lawyers have a variety of different personalities, skills, and levels of experience. The main difference between appointed counsel and private counsel is that when someone hires their own attorney, they can select the attorney that they feel best suits their case and personality. Ms. Harmon accepts cases both privately and on a court appointed basis, and applies her skills and experience to all her clients equally.

Do I need to hire an attorney if I have been arrested or charged with a DUI?
  • In Arizona the penalties for DUIs are very harsh, including mandatory jail time, fines, fees and loss of driving privileges. While a person charged with DUI has the right to court appointed counsel on the criminal charge, there is no right to an appointed attorney for the civil consequences with the Motor Vehicles Department. License Suspensions and Revocations occur quickly after a DUI arrest, and an individual facing those consequences should consult a qualified attorney immediately.

How long will it take to resolve my case?
  • In Arizona, a person charged with a crime has a “speedy trial right”. That right means that from the date of arraignment the State has a certain amount of time to bring the case to trial. If a person is in-custody on a non-complex case the State has 150 days, if they are out-of-custody on a non-complex case the State has 180 days. On cases that have been designated “complex” by the court, the State is given additional time. This usually occurs when there is DNA involved or voluminous evidence or witnesses.

  • The amount of time it takes to resolve a case will depend on several factors. Many times a delay is to the benefit of the accused because it allows for further defense investigator or preparation. The Courts closely monitor cases to ensure that they do not extend beyond the accused’s speedy trial rights, without agreement of the parties or a compelling reason found by the court.

  • Generally a criminal case in Arizona takes between 3 months and 1 year to resolve, depending on the type of case and if that case resolves by plea or proceeds to trial.

Can you help me expunge my conviction and restore my civil rights?
  • Arizona does not offer “expungment” of convictions, but the law does allow for most misdemeanor and felony convictions to be “Set Aside” which, when granted, can help with housing and employment applications. Ms. Harmon has helped many clients successfully restore their civil rights and set aside their convictions.

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