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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!

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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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.
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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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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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
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118 Questions Answered
Q. In Arizona criminal case my codefendant confessed to cop that they did it. Can they still prosecute me?
A: Yes, even if your co-defendant admits to possessing any or all of the drugs, you can also be charged. There are a few different reasons why that are going to depend on your specific case. First, it could be a false confession that the evidence doesn't support. Second, you can still be in such close proximity to it that you can be charged for still being in possession. Finally, the prosecutors can say you were aiding or assisting and charge you under conspiracy. At the end of the day, you can be charged with just about anything. You need to hire a lawyer to advocate for you and try to get the prosecutor to drop your charges. You may also consider taking your case to trial to try and convince a jury that you were not in possession. Everyone's case is different and you need specific legal advice that I cannot give you online about what you should do in your case. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation. ... Read More
Q. Dangerous Drug charge isn't there a way on a first offense to have the felony dropped to a mischdemeanor?
A: Yes there is. It is not easy to get and there is definitely no guarantee that it will happen. The first thing to do is to hire a private lawyer because it is very rare that you can get this kind of outcome without a private lawyer. The lawyer will work to negotiate a deal down to a misdemeanor. The prosecutor always has the power to change a dangerous drug charge down to a misdemeanor. Again, this is rare but possible. More commonly, we can get the prosecutor to reduce the charge down to a class 6 felony undesignated. Undesignated is the key word. This means that your final outcome will be considered a misdemeanor in some regards and a felony in other regards. Once you complete the probation then your lawyer, or you, can apply to designate the conviction to a misdemeanor. Now, you can also apply to set asides and sealing records after a certain amount of time and that will make it as if the drug case never happened to the public's eye.

Another option that can happen in some situations is to get the defendant into a felony diversion program. This is better than a misdemeanor. Felony diversion program will force you to completed a ton of counseling within a required amount of time. If successful, the entire case will be dismissed. Again, you can then seal the arrest record to make it as if it never happened. It take a ton of work to get the prosecutor to agree to allow someone to do the felony diversion program but it is a possibility in some situations.

Feel free to give us a call for a free consultation so we help you more.
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Q. What might my sentence be for a criminal speeding ticket in AZ for a first time offence?
A: Based on everything you said, you should be hiring a lawyer to handle this for you. Every case is different so it is not possible to tell you what you will get unless you hire someone. We have seen some judges give people 3+ days of jail for criminal speeding first offense. Other judges might be merciful and dismiss the case if you complete defensive driving school. However, once the judge makes up their mind it is almost impossible to get them to change it. That is important because you have to hire a lawyer before you see the judge or else it might be too late. Based on what you said, it is too important for you to risk going to jail, much less having this on your record. Give us a call and we can do a free consultation. ... Read More
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Future First Criminal Law Phoenix Office
2999 N. 44th St. Suite 307
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Cell: (480) 452-0024
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Future First Criminal Law
Phoenix Office
8650 N 35th Ave
Suite 110
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Cell: (480) 452-0024
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: Please CALL before arriving at office to confirm we are open.