Pre Trial & Post Trial Hearings

Pre-Trial & Post-Trial Hearings in Phoenix

Hire Our Lawyers for Motions, Hearings & Appeals

You can't judge a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer only by his wins and losses before a jury; although we stand by our record of not-guilty verdicts. Often, the final outcome of your case is determined by what your attorney does (or doesn't do) in the early stages of your case, and by his or her ability to secure post-conviction relief.

Suzuki Law Offices is there to protect your interests in pre-trial hearings and plea negotiations, at trial, at sentencing, and on appeal. For experienced and comprehensive representation on any criminal charges, contact us today to learn how we can help.

Pre-trial hearings, trial advocacy & post-conviction relief. Free initial consultations. Hablamos Español.

From the moment you hire our firm, we give your case the full attention it deserves. We are working behind the scenes to plan the best defense possible, and we personally accompany you to all court appearances.

The Pre-Trial Advocacy Stage

Initial appearance (arraignment) - Within 24 hours of your arrest, you will appear before a judge to hear the formal charges and enter a (not guilty) plea. At this time, we will argue for release conditions: minimal bond and set free on your own recognizance or release to a third party who has posted bond for you.

Bond Reduction hearing - The Constitution guarantees that bail cannot be excessive. If bail is set unreasonably high or out of proportion to the crime, we will argue for a reduced bond amount or release on your own recognizance (R.O.R.)

Preliminary hearings - The goal is to prevent formal charges. The prosecutor puts forth evidence that a crime was committed and that you committed it.

We can fight many aspects of the government's case through a variety of methods including:

  • Motions to dismiss charges as unfounded based on lack of evidence or new evidence.
  • Motion to remand to a grand jury for a reconsideration of probable cause.
  • Motions to suppress evidence, statements, confessions or witness / victim identification as illegally obtained, tainted or unfairly prejudicial.
  • Motion in limine to preemptively exclude evidence that would be prejudicial.
  • Motions to set aside previous convictions that would influence a jury or that would trigger steeper penalties.

Representation Post-Trial

Sentencing hearing - If you have been convicted, we can argue for downward departure from the presumptive jail or prison term, or recommend alternative adjudications (unless incarceration is mandatory) such as probation, addiction treatment, fines, restitution and community service.

Criminal appeals - You automatically have the right to an appeal if you are found guilty of a crime by a judge or jury. Throughout your case, our team notes any decisions by a judge or actions by law enforcement or prosecutors that may be grounds for later appeal: ineffective assistance of your previous lawyer, prosecutor misconduct, Constitutional violations by law enforcement, improperly admitted or excluded evidence or witnesses, pre-trial or in-trial rulings, jury instructions and sentencing errors.

We will explore and explain your possible avenues for appeal:

  • Direct appeal to a higher court
  • Rule 32 post-conviction relief
  • Habeas corpus petitions
  • Motion to set aside the conviction or sentence

Probation hearings - If you are accused of violating terms set by a judge, you could be sentenced to serve the original sentence. Likewise, if you have been a model citizen and complied with all terms of probation, you can petition for release.

  • Suzuki Law Offices can capably protect or assert your interests in:
  • Probation revocation hearings to earn you a second chance and avoid jail
  • Early termination of probation motions and hearings

Former State and Federal Prosecutor Working For You

In addition to years of experience as a defense lawyer participating in pre-trial hearings and other proceedings, our founder, Mr. Suzuki, previously served as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. These insights, particularly the familiarity with federal court procedure, set us apart from most defense firms.

Put this knowledge and experience to work for you. We represent clients on all misdemeanor and felony charges in the Phoenix area, surrounding counties and statewide throughout Arizona.

We offer a free consultation at (602) 842-6762
, or you can contact us online today. We also speak fluent Spanish.

  • Scottsdale Progressed - Best of 2021
    Scottsdale Progressed - Best of 2021
  • Avvo 2021
    Avvo 2021
  • Top Lawyers 2020
    Top Lawyers 2020
  • Avvo 2020 Award
    Avvo 2020 Award
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    Scottsdale Progressed - Best of 2020
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
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  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2019
    Avvo Clients' Choice Award 2019
  • Scottsdale Progressed - Best of 2019
    Scottsdale Progressed - Best of 2019
  • Avvo 2018 Award
    Avvo 2018 Award
  • Avvo Clients Choice 2017
    Avvo Clients Choice 2017
  • Avvo 10.0 Superb
    Avvo 10.0 Superb
  • Avvo Reviews - 5 Stars
    Avvo Reviews - 5 Stars
  • US Court Appeals
    US Court Appeals
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
    Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
    American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • ABA
  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice
  • Top Valley Lawyers 2017
    Top Valley Lawyers 2017
  • Top Valley Lawyers 2018
    Top Valley Lawyers 2018
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Top Lawyers Cover 2021
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  • Top Valley Lawyers 2019
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  • AZ state bar
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  • Multi-million dollar advocates
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  • Avvo Clients Choice 2015
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Suzuki Law Offices

See The Difference
  • Our team has in-house Private Investigators that are retired from law enforcement
  • We are aggressive and honest in our pursuit to uphold your rights
  • We are a devoted and highly rated team of professional advocates
  • We will review your case for FREE in an initial consultation
  • Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients
  • Our defense lawyers are fluent in both English and Spanish
  • Our attorneys have worked on the other side of the courtroom
  • Our team is available to take your call 24/7 – day or night


Don't Just Take Our Word For It
  • “Richard J Suzuki is an outstanding lawyer, extremely professional and responsive. If there was every any question my family or I had Richard was able to answer almost instantly. He was able to get a ...”

    - Rosa
  • “Despite my fears, Matt not only maintained his composure and professional demeanor, but he also helped calm me down and bring me back down to earth.”

    - Karen
  • “Richard is an outstanding lawyer and a genuine person. I can't explain how grateful we are that he was put in our path.”

    - Anna B.
  • “Richard took charge of my case firmly and confidently and he guided me through what could have been a harrowing experience with life-changing and disastrous results with relative ease.”

    - Steve B.
  • “Richard and his highly knowledgeable, professional staff provided me, my wife, and my family a measure of comfort and support that I would not have predicted possible under the circumstances.”

    - Brian P.