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Orent Law Offices, PLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Arizona, California, Massachusetts
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Craig Orent has been defending and trying criminal cases for 30+ years, handling everything from criminal traffic matters to capital first-degree murder. He is known to be aggressive, tenacious, and passionate in his defense of his clients. He approaches each case as if he were representing a family member. He is an advocate, defender, and advisor. He appears in all courts (city, state, and federal).

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Juvenile Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Drug Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Traffic
  • Violent Crimes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
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State Bar of California
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Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Federal Courts
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Orent Law Offices, PLC
- Current
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Trial Prosecutor (Int)
Riverside County District Attorney's Office
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1987)
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Roger Williams University
B.S. | Admin. of Justice & Political Science
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Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
The American Trial Lawyers Association
Top Lawyer (DUI/Criminal Defense)
North Valley Magazine
Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers
AV Preeminent.Peer Review Rating
American Jurisprudence Award (AmJur) - Civil Procedure
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (Thomson Corporation)
American Jurisprudence Award (AmJur) - Conflict of Laws
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (Thomson Corporation)
National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Alpha Phi Sigma
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Randall Reilly Publishing
Model United Nations Security Council at Duquesne University
Roger Williams College Faculty
Professional Associations
Arizona State Bar
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Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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National College of DUI Defense
General Member
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National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)
Jury Trial Training (2 weeks)
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Public Defender Trial Academy, School of Advocacy
Jury trial college (2 weeks)
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Articles & Publications
The Sooner the Better: Jencks Material of Hearsay Declarants in Pretrial Hearings
The Liberty Legend, National Association of Federal Defenders
Beware Of Unknown Court Policies: What You Dont Know About Ex Parte Communications Between Judge and Jury Can Hurt You
The Defender, Arizona Attorneys For Criminal Justice
Beware Of Unknown Court Policies: What You Dont Know About Ex Parte Communications Between Judge and Jury Can Hurt You
The Defense, Maricopa County Public Defenders Office
Speaking Engagements
Stones in Our Pathways: Handling Capital Habeas Cases in the District of Arizona, Victims’ Rights”, CJA/FPD Seminar (Phoenix)
Victim’s Rights & The Defense, Annual Capital Defense Seminar
Issues in Victims Rights: Challenges to Victims’ Rights Laws, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Annual Meeting
An Ethics Roundtable Discussion, CJA/FPD Seminar
Victims’ Rights, CJA/FPD Seminar (Tucson)
Stones in Our Pathways: Handling Capital Habeas Cases in the District of Arizona, CJA/FPD Seminar (Tucson)
Federal Victims’ Rights: Dormant No More?, National Seminar for Federal Defenders
Certified Criminal Law Specialist
State Bar of Arizona
Websites & Blogs
Legal Blog
Legal Answers
25 Questions Answered
Q. difference between class 4 felony and Class one misdemeanor for domestic assault
A: The difference between a felony and misdemeanor is a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor conviction and prison vs jail (if any). But if you are asking why the charge is a misdemeanor rather than a felony, that question cannot be answered absent knowing much more about the underlying circumstances. If on the other hand you are asking why the prosecutor rejected prosecution for a felony but is prosecuting for a misdemeanor, again more information is needed to answer. However, the prosecutor either determined the underlying "alleged" facts do not warrant a felony charge, meaning not serious enough and/or that at most the underlying alleged actions even if true only would or do prove misdemeanor assault (simple assault). Felony assault typically involves use of a weapon, serious injury, cutting off one's oxygen, or assault on certain classes of people (police, etc.). Presumably you have an attorney. You should talk to him/her. Good luck. ... Read More
Q. If I asked my PD two times to file paperwork with court to request New attorney and they do not do it what can I do ?
A: If your attorney is not responding then one option is to try to contact her supervisor and if that does not work then insist on talking to the judge directly or write a letter to the court. These are not the common approaches but if it's all you have then go for it. Also, keep in mind that it is not common for a judge will give you a new lawyer, though as with anything it will depend on the overall circumstances.
Q. I received a complaint for suspected DUI my court date is 2 days away and the complaint number still has not been filled
A: The likelihood, though not a guarantee, is that the State is awaiting the report to be submitted from the arresting officer "or" they are awaiting the results of the blood analysis. Depends on the court and prosecuting agency how it's handled.
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Orent Law Offices, PLC
11811 N. Tatum Blvd, Suite 3031
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Telephone: (480) 656-7301
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
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