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Law Office of Douglas A. Schwab
Douglas Schwab

2942 N. 24th St. Suite 114
Phoenix AZ 85016
(602) 258-0499

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Law Office of Douglas A. Schwab


Experienced, aggessive criminal and DUI defense serving the Phoenix Metro area.

At the Amiri / Schwab Law firm, we take pride in providing an aggressive and thorough defense to the criminally accused in Arizona. Our Phoenix criminal attorneys are former prosecutors with over twenty years of combined trial experience. Our attorneys have been trained in the administration of field sobriety tests and stay current with the changes in Arizona's complex DUI laws. When investigating and defending your case, we combine good old fashioned hard work with the latest cutting edge technology.

Please Call: 602-258-0499

At the Law Offices of Douglas A. Schwab and Shab Amiri, your case will be personally handled by one of the partners, not shuffled around from new associate to legal assistant. When defending serious Arizona criminal charges, communication with your attorney is critical. When an Amiri / Schwab Law client calls the firm with a question or concern, their actual attorney calls them back...every time...not a secretary or assistant.

Arizona's tough new DUI laws have increased the mandatory penalties if convicted. The average citizen with no criminal history or history of bad driving may be facing from one to forty-five days in the county jail, thousands of dollars in fines and fees and Motor Vehicle Department consequences. In addition to the DUI criminal case, the MVD may take action against your driver's license. MVD action ranges from three to twelve month drivers license suspensions, to high risk insurance (SR-22) and twelve to eighteen months of driving with an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

Although these strict penalties were originally intended to deter impaired driving, overzealous enforcement and prosecution too often leads to an emphasis on quantity of arrests over quality of investigations. A fair investigation into an alleged DUI offense should include a valid reason and probable cause for the traffic stop and arrest, properly administered filed sobriety tests, strict adherence to the constitutional safeguards afforded to every citizen and accurate blood or breath testing by a qualified analyst.

If you have been arrested for a
DUI or criminal offense in Arizona, contact our office to get answers to your questions in a respectful and straight forward environment. Our experienced Phoenix, Arizona attorneys are available for free consultations.

Please Call: 602-258-0499

Douglas A. Schwab, Partner

Doug Schwab is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Arts with minors in Communication and Journalism in 1995. Mr. Schwab attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California earning a Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school, Mr. Schwab received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for nationally recognized academic achievement in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Mr. Schwab was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1998. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of Arizona. Mr. Schwab is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He practices exclusively in the area of criminal law and worked as a major felony prosecuting attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He has lectured and instructed police officers and prosecutors in Domestic Violence investigation and prosecution.

For the last several years, Mr. Schwab has practiced exclusively as an Arizona criminal defense attorney. Mr. Schwab has handled numerous high profile and complex criminal cases (Media Link). He has handled a variety of cases including, but not limited to, misdemeanor and felony DUI's, sale and possession of drugs, child abuse, sex assault, attempted murder, fraud and theft, probation violations, and aggravated assaults. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and conducted over 50 trials including numerous jury trials involving misdemeanor, serious felony and dangerous felony charges.
doug@amirischwablaw.com

Please Call: 602-258-0499

About Us

Shab Amiri, Partner

Shab Amiri attended California State University, Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1995. While at CSULB, Ms. Amiri was President of The Law Society, an Academic Senator, and the Legal Aid Commissioner. She received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1998.

Ms. Amiri was admitted to the Arizona State Bar in 1998 and the United States District Court, District of Arizona in 2001. She focuses in criminal law and has worked as a felony prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and a misdemeanor prosecutor for the City of Mesa. She was Mesa City Prosecutor of the Year in 2003 and the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney Advisory Council Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year nominee for 2003. Since 2003, Ms. Amiri has been working exclusively as an Arizona criminal defense and DUI lawyer.

Ms. Amiri has handled thousands of criminal cases including serious and dangerous felonies as well as misdemeanors. She has tried over 55 jury trials, including over 40 DUI jury trials. She was trained by law enforcement to administer the HGN (eye) Test and Field Sobriety Tests used in DUI investigations. Ms. Amiri speaks fluent Farsi.

Douglas A. Schwab, Partner

Doug Schwab is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media Arts with minors in Communication and Journalism in 1995. Mr. Schwab attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California earning a Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school, Mr. Schwab received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for nationally recognized academic achievement in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Mr. Schwab was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1998. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, District of Arizona. Mr. Schwab is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He practices exclusively in the area of criminal law and worked as a major felony prosecuting attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He has lectured and instructed police officers and prosecutors in Domestic Violence investigation and prosecution.

For the last several years, Mr. Schwab has practiced exclusively as an Arizona criminal defense attorney. Mr. Schwab has handled numerous high profile and complex criminal cases (Media Link). He has handled a variety of cases including, but not limited to, misdemeanor and felony DUI's, sale and possession of drugs, child abuse, sex assault, attempted murder, fraud and theft, probation violations, and aggravated assaults. He has handled thousands of criminal cases and conducted over 50 trials including numerous jury trials involving misdemeanor, serious felony and dangerous felony charges.
doug@amirischwablaw.com

Practice Areas

Shab Amiri and Doug Schwab have over 20 years of combined criminal litigation experience. The Firm handles misdemeanor and felony cases, jury and non-jury matters that include:

  • Appeals
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Driving Under the Influence
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Damage
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Dangerous Crimes Against Children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Driving Under the Influence Drug Possession
  • Possession of Drugs for Sale
  • Embezzlement
  • Firearms Violations
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Illegal Use or Possession of Prescription Medication
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Manslaughter
  • Molestation
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Probation or Parole Violations
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Sexual Misconduct with a Minor
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft
  • Restoring Civil Rights
  • Setting Aside Convictions

Vehicular Crimes

 

A DUI can be charged by the prosecution as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Some vehicular crimes can be charged even if there was no allegation of alcohol or drug use. If you are involved in an accident where a death occurs or someone is seriously injured you could be charged with some serious offenses including aggravated assault, negligent homicide, manslaughter, and even 2nd degree murder. These crimes are filed as dangerous offenses which preclude probation and make a lengthy prison sentence a mandatory consequence.

  • DUI
  • Extreme DUI
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Reckless Driving
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Hit and Run – Leaving Scene of Accident
  • Endangerment
  • Driving on a Suspended License
  • Underage Drinking and Driving
  • Manslaughter
  • Negligent Homicide
  • 2nd Degree Murder

Drug Offenses

 

Drug charges can vary from possession for personal use, to possession for sale, and manufacturing drugs. The penalty of these charges depends on the type of drug, the amount, and the purpose of the possession.

  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession of Drugs with Intent to Sell
  • Distribution of Narcotic Drugs
  • Trafficking and Cultivation of Drugs
  • Transportation or Importation of Drugs
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Manufacturing Drugs
  • Selling Drugs on the Internet

FAQ's

1. Is an attorney necessary?

Part of any meaningful defense begins with a thorough and independent investigation of your case. Your attorney will request and review all ?discovery? including all information contained in the State's files, all police officer notes and reports, 911 tapes, recorded police dispatch transmissions, witness statements, video and audio taped evidence, training and certification logs of involved police officers, all information and evidence regarding the administration of the blood or breath testing devices, records for a period before and after your tests which demonstrate the testing device was working properly and criminalist laboratory and analysis notes.

Your attorney will conduct interviews with material police and civilian witnesses. If the State analyzed your blood, your attorney may engage an independent laboratory to re–test your blood to verify the accuracy of the results. After gathering all of the facts, your attorney will apply those facts to the applicable case law to determine if the State's investigation complied with the State and Federal Constitutions and the most up to date case law. If necessary, your attorney will discuss engaging experts in other fields to fully examine all possible defenses in your matter.

2. What happens at my court dates?

In most cases, there are a series of procedural hearings that take place while your matter is pending. These hearings include:

Arraignment: a formal reading of the ?charges? against you. Your Attorney files a Notice of Appearance and a plea of ?NOT GUILTY ? is entered on your behalf.

Pre–Trial Conferences: a series of Court conferences held with your Attorney, the Judge and the Prosecutor to discuss outstanding issues, make sure the discovery (turning over of evidence) process is on-going, and to schedule future Court dates. Initial plea negotiations may also begin. As more facts are uncovered by your Attorney, additional pre-trial conferences may be requested or pre-trial motions may be filed.

Evidentiary Hearings: a hearing where the Judge rules on written legal arguments filed by your Attorney, if appropriate. Usually, the hearing consists of testimony from witnesses and oral arguments from your Attorney and the State's attorney.

Bench Trial or Jury Trial: a proceeding that requires the Prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, to a trier of fact. In some cases, the trier of fact is the Judge (or the Bench) and in other cases, a jury decides the case.

Change of Plea proceeding: if your case is being resolved with a mutually agreeable settlement, the agreement is entered before a Judge who will decide if the resolution is in the interest of justice.


3. MVD: MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION-Protecting your License

If your case involves driving or a motor vehicle, MVD my take action against your license, including suspension, revocation and cancellation of your driving privileges. An experienced attorney can help protect your driver's license. Most notices from the MVD are time sensitive and require an appropriate response within a very limited period of time. If you receive any type of notification from MVD, call our office IMMEDIATELY. Failure to act quickly may impact your case.

4. How long will my case take?

The government has up to one year to file misdemeanor charges and up to seven years to file felony charges (and even longer on certain cases). Once filed, a misdemeanor case can take two to six months to resolve and a felony case can take much longer. Of course, every case is different and we understand how difficult the ?waiting game? can be, however, it is important that your case is thoroughly investigated and analyzed so that you can make the best decisions possible with the most information possible.


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