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R&R Law Group
Ryan Cummings, Robert Gruler

5111 North Scottsdale Rd Suite 151
Scottsdale AZ 85250
(480) 400-1355

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R&R Law Group

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Winning Defense Team

Being charged with a crime will be one of the most difficult situations you or your loved ones will ever face. Period.

At R&R Law Group, lead attorneys Ryan W. Cummings and Robert F. Gruler create a team of criminal defense attorneys who afford you and those you care about aggressive and experienced representation in DUI, felony, and misdemeanor cases.

The R&R Law Group bring a fresh and tenacious approach to criminal defense to ensure your rights are protected and to reach the best possible outcome in your case.

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Bold Defense

Arizona citizens deserve a higher level of representation.

At R&R Law Group Criminal Defense Attorneys, no aspects of your case are sacrificed. Unlike other law firms, the attorneys at the R&R group have the passion, the skills and the tenacity to reach the goals in your case.

We have successfully represented hundreds of individuals and fought for dismissals or reductions in courts across the entire state of Arizona. When you or your loved ones are charged with a crime, the most important step in their defense is finding proper legal representation. This means an attorney you trust, who is available to you and who can articulate a strong defense based upon their skill and experience.

This is exactly what you will find with the R&R Law Group. Call today for a free consultation and to begin a proper legal defense.

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Modern Approach
 

A common misconception in the legal community is that the old ways are the best ways. Not at R&R Criminal Defense Attorneys. Today, solving complex legal problems requires adopting solutions that break the mold and challenge the traditional methods of thought.

We recognize that a person charged with a crime is much more than a name and a case number. Unfortunately, most in the legal community do not. In a system designed to process people and their cases at maximum speed, many people’s cases and their lives are often lost in shuffle. At R&R Law Group, we understand that despite your mistake with the law, you and your life are much more than one bad decision. Our firm prides itself on deconstructing the rapid speed of the criminal justice to ensure that you and your case are viewed with humanity.

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Our Experience
  • 100s of civil, misdemeanor and felony cases resolved
  • Jury trial victories and acquittals
  • Training by former prosecutors
  • Statewide experience
We Offer
  • Free cas evaluations
  • Flexible payment schedules
  • Experience in over 45 courts
  • Exclusive focus on criminal & traffic defense
Results
  • MONTHLY WIN: State v. William M., San Tan Justice Court, Driving Under the Influence, Super Extreme DUI above .20, and multiple traffic violations. Case Reduced to Reckless Driving, all other charges Dismissed.
  • MONTHLY WIN: State v. Christine W., Phoenix Municipal Court, Driving Under the Influence, DUI above .08, Drug DUI, and multiple traffic violations. Case Dismissed as a result of erroneous blood results.

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Arizona Felony Defense Lawyers


Our Focus is You 

Your rights are our defense. Every person charged with a crime has specific constitutional rights that must be followed, no matter the case. Whether you “feel” guilty or whether you believe there is no defense is often irrelevant. The fact is, you deserve a proper defense, and a proper defense is  your right. At the R&R Law Group, our legal team focuses on identifying the legal areas where the state has failed to meet their burden of proof. We investigate every aspect of your case and leave no stone left unturned. Our modern and aggressive defense strategies have led our firm and more importantly, our clients, to countless victories and case dismissals.

We believe that you deserve to be treated as a person, and not a criminal. You are not a statistic that deserves to be rushed through the system. We focus on slowing down the process, preparing an aggressive defense on your behalf, and presenting all of positive, human aspects of your life both the state and the Court. With this approach, we ensure that you are treated as a unique individual, and not simply another person lost to the system.

We believe you deserve a defense. You should too, because an investment in your future and your livelihood is worth your time. Call today for a free case evaluation and discuss your matter with an attorney immediately.

Arizona Defense Lawyers 

Felony offenses in Arizona carry severe consequences for your life and your future. Many felony convictions carry mandatory jail or time in in prison, a term of probation, adverse consequences, prohibition of voting rights, termination of firearm ownership rights, and a permanent criminal conviction on your record.

When choosing an attorney, it is important to select a team prepared to fight on your behalf every step of the way. The R&R Law Group is a team of legal professionals with experience in defending these criminal allegations all across the state of Arizona:

  • Drug Possession
  • Possession of Dangerous Drugs
  • Possession of Narcotic Drugs
  • Methamphetamine Possession
  • Transportation of Sale of Drugs
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Unlawful Flight
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery/Thef
  • Vehicular Crimes
  • Sexual Crimes
  • Fraud / Theft & White Collar Crimes
  • Violent Crimes

Attorney Progfiles

Arizona Criminal Defense and Traffic Lawyers

The R&R Law Group team consists of attorneys with years of experience in Modern & Aggressive defense tactics. Our teams attorneys are proud recipients of the following honors:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • Nation’s Top 1% of Attorneys, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 40 under 40 Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Assocation
  • Client’s Choice Award Recipient, AVVO.com
  • “Superb” Rating, AVVO.com
  • Member, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense
  • Member, DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association
  • Lead Counsel, Rated

Ryan W. Cummings, Principal

Born and raised in Indiana, Ryan grew up in a police family. This gives Ryan a different perspective to Criminal Defense. Ryan understands the ins and outs of law enforcement, as well as the distinct issues that clients can face in their cases. Ryan brings both tenacity and compassion when dealing with his cases that puts his clients at ease knowing they are in good hands.

Ryan was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona in 2011 and is licensed in Federal Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association and has concentrated his efforts in Criminal Defense. Ryan has knowledge and works on cases ranging from 1st Degree Murder and high level felonies to DUI’s and other misdemeanors.

Robert F. Gruler, Principal

Robert was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 2013 and the California State Bar ins 2015. Robert is also admitted in Federal Court in the District of Arizona and has being awarded the distinction of being in the Nations Top 1% of Attorneys awarded by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

Robert’s primary focus in criminal defense is DUI and allegation of driving while impaired. Robert believes a vigorous defense is essential to protecting all citizens’ rights and upholding the traditions embodied by the Bill of Rights. Robert was born in Arizona and attended Arizona State University and Brophy College Preparatory where he was regional champion and captain of the wrestling team.

Rolland Rillos, Attorney

Roland joined the R&R Law Group in 2015 after working at another large criminal defense firm in Arizona. Roland has experience in major and minor felony offenses, misdemeanor DUI and other traffic violations. Roland brings to the team years of additional experience in providing aggressive and modern criminal defense strategies to his clients.

Jushin Gill, Attorney

Jushin excelled academically from an early age, earning a scholarship towards his undergraduate degree. Jushin graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Dean’s List awards throughout his college career. Jushin received his Juris Doctor from Arizona Summit Law School where he also received multiple Dean’s List Awards in addition to maintaining a Merit Scholarship based on his academic history and graduated in the top of his class. Jushin was also the President of the Intellectual Property Student Association and volunteered countless hours to help those less fortunate.

While working for a Criminal Defense firm, Jushin worked on a wide range of cases from misdemeanors to homicides. Jushin is a hardworking, aggressive and personable attorney who provides his clients with informed and thorough representation.

Traffic

Our firm has years of expertise fighting criminal speeding tickets, photo enforcement violations, reckless driving charges, civil traffic and CDL violations. We fight to protect your record to ensure that you are not labelled a criminal for a simple traffic offense. Fight increased insurance rates, protect your motor vehicle record, and avoid any license suspensions.

Our firm fights to reduce fines and penalties, eliminate “points” that would be assessed to your driver’s license, and prevent license suspension. We have experience in nearly every Court in the State of Arizona, and this experience translates into results.

Do I need a lawyer? 
Many people charged with criminal speeding or traffic violations are shocked to learn about Arizona’s laws. Each violation can have unique repercussions on a person’s criminal history, motor vehicle record, and driver’s license validity. The question then becomes, “what can a lawyer do for me?”

Avoid Increased Insurance Rates 
When considering hiring a lawyer, people often ask themselves if it makes sense financially. Hiring a lawyer certainly involves up front costs, but is this a worthwhile investment?

Consider the scenario of receiving a simple photo enforcement violation. The standard fine is approximately $300 dollars. If you are concerned about up front costs, simply paying the ticket will likely be cheapest method of resolving the case. Lawyers generally charge more, as there is a great deal involved in properly defending photoradar violations.

However, consider the additional consequences: the Court will notify the Motor Vehicle Department of the conviction, and depending upon the violation, the MVD will assess points on your license and other potential penalties (Traffic Survival School, license suspension, etc.). These points will stay on your record for 39 months.

$50/month X 39 months = $1,920!

If the cost of your insurance increases by $50/month for 39 months, that is an additional $1,950 you are paying out of pocket over the course of over 3 years. Added to the cost of the original ticket, your violation could end up costing you approximately $2,250!

Prevent License Points 

In Arizona, points are assessed to driving records based on the nature of the violation. For example:

  • DUI/Reckless driving – 8 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident – 6 points
  • Civil Speeding violation – 3 points
  • Red Light violations – 2 points plus Traffic Survival School
  • Moving violations – 2 points


When an individual accumulates too many points, the Motor Vehicle Department may choose to impose penalties, one of which is a license suspension. Your license will be sent to a specific division of the MVD known as Driver Improvement (“DI”) for formal review. They may require that you attend Traffic Survival School, an in-person, 8 hour course to learn about safer driver habits. If you are not eligible for Traffic Survival School, they may simply suspend your license for a period of time.

Our firm fights for dismissals and reductions. We work with the Courts, the prosecutors and the police officers who issued you a citation to amend citations down to lower, non-moving, no points violations. There are statutes in Arizona that are the equivalent of “burning too much gasoline.” There may still be a fine imposed, but the points will not go onto your record.

DUI

Do I need a DUI Lawyer?


Many people wonder whether they need a lawyer after being charged with a DUI. If a you would like to plead guilty to a DUI, you certainly do not. However, if you want to avoid the penalties associated with your DUI, including mandatory jail time, license suspension, expensive fines and fees and a criminal conviction and all the collateral consequences associated with a DUI, an attorney can work with you to determine whether these DUI defenses apply:

 

When stopped by police, DO the following:

 
  • DO request to speak with your lawyer immediately480.729.6280. Use the word “lawyer” in your request, and be unequivocal about it. State clearly and thoroughly, I do not agree to answer any questions or perform any tests until I speak with my lawyer.
  • DO provide your name, driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance to the officer.
  • DO ask to be released for an independent blood test.
  • DO be firm, but be polite in your requests.

 

Arizona DUI Penalties

 
 

Regular DUI (.08+)

 
  • 10 days jail
  • $250 DUI Abatement fee (+ surcharges)
  • $500 public safety fund fee
  • $500 prison construction fund fee
  • 1 year, Ignition Interlock Device
  • Jail Costs for 1 to 10 days, $70/day
  • Alcohol Screening & Treatment

Extreme DUI (.15 to .20)

 
  • 30 days jail
  • $250 DUI Abatement fee (+ surcharges)
  • $1,000 public safety fund fee
  • $1,000 prison construction fund fee
  • 1 year, Ignition Interlock Device
  • Jail Costs for 30 days, $70/day
  • Alcohol Screening & Treatment

Extreme DUI (.15 to .20)

 
  • 45 days jail
  • $250 DUI Abatement fee (+ surcharges)
  • $1,500 public safety fund fee
  • $1,500 prison construction fund fee
  • 18 months, Ignition Interlock Device
  • Jail Costs for 45 days, $70/day
  • Alcohol Screening & Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Felonies

 

 

I got a letter in the mail saying I have court but I was never arrested, what does this mean?

There are many instances where officers investigate reports and may not have ever had contact with you.  But the officers can submit a request for charging to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO).  If MCAO decides to file charges you will then get notice of this in the mail, called a summons.

I found out I have a warrant for my arrest but I never received anything in the mail about court, what do I do?

This is something that can happen.  Normally this occurs when the summons was issued to a previous, or wrong address.  This can be remedied by requesting the court to quash the warrant and schedule the Initial Appearance or Not Guilty Arraignment.  You will likely need the assistance of an attorney as the other way to get rid of the warrant is to present yourself to the authorities, which will likely end up in an arrest.

What am I going to do?

For many this is the very first thought that comes to mind when they, or a loved one, have been charged with a felony.  Being charged with a felony is serious.  This can cause problems for you throughout your life; including employment, education, and family life.  You need to consult with an attorney now.  The attorney you choose plays an integral role in how your case will be handled and ultimately your outcome.  You need to choose a lawyer who you feel comfortable with and believe will do the best job for you.  Remember a good attorney will not tell you what you want to hear, but will be honest with you.

Will I have to say anything?

The attorneys do most of the talking for you.  The judge will ask you for your name and date of birth and then will direct most of the conversation to the attorneys.  At the end the judge will inform you of your next court date and let you know the consequences of not appearing and ask if you understand.  Remember when you are answering the Court that the hearing is being recorded (either by court reported or electronically) so speak clearly and give an audible answer.

Why did I start in one court and was transferred to another court?

There are three different courthouses that handle criminal matters.

  • Southeast Facility: this court is located at 222 E. Javelina Dr. in Mesa Arizona. This court handles cases during the preliminary stages before a preliminary hearing or grand jury indictment has happened.
  • South Court Tower: this court is located at 175 W. Madison in Phoenix Arizona. The second and third floor (often referred to as RCC or EDC) of this building handle preliminary matters similar to the Southeast Facility.  Floors 5-8 have courtrooms that other criminal court proceedings are held in.
  • Central Court Building: this court is located at 201 W. Jefferson Avenue in Phoenix Arizona. The basement, or Lower Level, of this building handles all of the Probation Violation hearings.  The other floors have courtrooms that other criminal court proceedings are held in.

Often you will start at a preliminary hearing stage either in the Southeast Facility or the Downtown RCC or EDC.  Then your case will move to a trial level courtroom which could be in the South Court Tower or Central Court Building.

Is it worse to have a Grand Jury Indictment?

No.  There are two ways a case can be brought against you in Arizona; through Preliminary Hearing or through Grand Jury Indictment.

  • Preliminary Hearing: This occurs after an Initial Appearance.  The purpose of a Preliminary Hearing if for a Judge to consider whether or not there is probable cause that a crime occurred and you were the one who committed it.  This does not mean the judge is determining guilt or innocence but does the case have enough to move forward.
  • Grand Jury Indictment: The other way for the State to bring a case against you is to go through the process of Indictment.  This means that the County Attorney’s Office presented the facts of the case to the Grand Jurors.  And if the Grand Jurors believe that a crime probably occurred and you were the person who committed the crime then the Grand Jurors will return the charges to the County Attorney who will then file the Indictment.

In either event, it is important to understand your case and the charges against you.

What does “last day” mean?

You have a Constitutional right to a speedy trial.  This means that the Trial must start within certain time periods.  If the defendant is in custody the trial must start within 150 days from the date of the Arraignment; if the defendant is out of custody 180 days; and if the case is designated complex 270 days from the date of the Arraignment.

What does “waive time” mean?  The timelines given above can be extended if the defendant is willing to “waive time”.  For instance if you have a trial scheduled for July 1st and your attorney requests a continuance the judge will ask if you are willing to “waive time.”  This means that you are agreeing the time between your currently set trial date and your new trial date will not count towards the time limits above.  So if the Court reset your trial to August 15th all of the time between July 1st and August 15th would not count towards the calculation of the “last day”.

What do I wear?

Although it is not necessary to wear a full suit and tie, or formal attire, it is important to wear proper attire.  Do not wear hats or sunglasses into the courtroom.  Do not wear shorts, tank tops, or shirts that expose too much.  Do not wear clothing that has any vulgar language on it.  Lastly, ensure that your cellphones are silenced.

What happens if I am late or miss a Court date?

It is imperative that you make it to Court on your scheduled date and time.  If you are running behind you need to contact your attorney and let the attorney know.  If you miss a Court date it is entirely likely that a warrant has issued for your arrest.  You must contact your attorney as quickly as possible to see what can be done to rectify the situation.  If a warrant was issued you may lose any bond you had posted.

Where do I Park?

There are many places in downtown Phoenix that you can park.  Is it worth it to save some money and walk a little further?

There are two garages that you can pay by the hour.

  • 1st Avenue between Jefferson and Madison. Closest but most expensive
  • City of Phoenix parking garage – Between Washington and Jefferson also 4th Ave and 3rd

There are some $5 lots near the Courthouses too.

  • There are two on Jackson – one just to the Southeast of the South Court Tower and one just East of 3rd These are both CASH ONLY lots
  • Another is across the street from the 4th Avenue Jail. With this lot you go inside and pay.  This lot takes both cash and credit cards.

If you are willing to walk a little further, there is a FREE parking lot.  This lot can only be accessed from 6th Avenue from either Madison of Jefferson.

Where is probation?

The probation department you check in with after court is located in the West Court Building on the 5th Floor.  You get to the West Court Building through the Central Court Building.  If you are in the Central Court Building looking at the security line, you want to turn left (WEST) and head down that hallway.  Before you pass the next security checkpoint you will see a bank of elevators on your left.  These are the elevators for the West Court Building.  Take the elevator to the 5th Floor and you will find probation.

IF YOU ARE IN MESA – the probation department is located on the 1st floor.  If you come off the elevators, or down the stairs turn left in the hallway and you will see the sign for the probation department.

My release conditions say Pretrial Services, how do I get there from the Courthouse downtown?

Pretrial Services is located at 620 W. Jackson Street on the Third Floor.  This is a large red brick building just west of the new Maricopa County Sherriff building.  The best way to get there is to head South to Jackson street and take a right to head West towards 620 W. Jackson.  Click here to see it on a map

What do all of these different Court proceedings mean?

  • Initial Appearance: This is the first proceeding in which the Judge will give you your charges and release conditions and set the next Court date.  Your next court date will either be a Status Conference or a Preliminary Hearing and will be set in about two weeks.
  • Not Guilty Arraignment: this is a very similar proceeding to that of an Initial Appearance. However your next court date will be an Initial Pretrial Conference set out about 40-45 days.
  • Status Conference: This is a court date in which your attorney will have a chance to negotiate with the County Attorney to try and resolve your case. Usually the police reports are made available at this time and an initial offer is made as well.
  • Initial Pretrial Conference: This court date, referred to as an IPTC, is to set some additional dates for your case; a Comprehensive Pretrial Conference (CPTC), a Final Trial Management Conference (FTMC), and a Trial date. This does not mean you MUST go to trial, but the Court sets these dates to ensure the case is making progress.  This is also a time for your attorney to give you a progress update on your case: has an offer been made, is there additional discovery he/she is waiting on, etc.  Ask questions and make sure you understand what is going on with your case.
  • Comprehensive Pretrial Conference: This is another chance for a progress report on your case. Generally the judge will ask if the currently set trial date is realistic.  The judge will want to know what is going on with the case and what progress is being made.  If an offer has been made it may be close to expiring at the CPTC date.  Again, ask any questions you have because you need to make sure you know what is happening with your case.
  • Complex Case Management Conference: Sometimes in complex cases, such as homicides, sex cases, or multi-defendant cases, your attorney will ask for the case to be designated complex. This means that you will have complex case management conferences prior to your trial rather than the other types of conferences.  The only real difference is the time limits given to these cases.  The trial is pushed farther out, usually because there are complex issues or a large volume of police reports.
  • Final Trial Management Conference: This is the Court date in which you find out if you are going to trial and if there are any last issues.  Usually at this point all plea offers have expired and another plea offer won’t be given.  You need to make sure you are ready for trial and have gone over any issues with your attorney.
  • Trial: Trial has started. In Maricopa County on the day of your trial you will always report to the Master Calendar Assignment Judge located on the 5th floor of the South Court Tower.  This court date is at 8:00 a.m. and it is extremely important you show up on time.  This judge will assign your trial to another judge or commissioner to oversee.  Usually you will then report to that courtroom and the attorneys will discuss trial timelines with the assigned judge.  Make sure you speak with your attorney and know what time you need to be at the Court and where the trial is taking place.  Most judges start trial at 10:30 but some will only start in the afternoon at 1:30.  Generally, the first day of trial is jury selection.  Friends and family are always welcome to be in the Courtroom during trial (unless they are a witness); however, during jury selection the Courtroom has no empty space so it is best for friends and family to stay home for the first day.
  • Settlement Conference: A settlement conference is a court date to try and reach a resolution on the case.  This is unlike any of the other Court dates as you will be the only one scheduled at that time.  Most of the time, the prosecutor and your attorney go in the back to discuss the case and issues with the judge.  The judge will likely be a new judge to your case and not know any of the facts.  The reason for this is to get a neutral party (not your judge at trial) to give an independent assessment of the case.  You have the ability to ask the prosecutor and the judge questions at a settlement conference and you don’t have to worry about what you say being used against you.  Your friends and family are welcome in this Court proceeding and are able to ask questions as well.  This is a great time to make sure you completely understand your case and have all of your questions answered.


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