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Craig Orent

Craig Orent

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
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • 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
Roger Williams University
B.S. | Admin. of Justice & Political Science
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. (1987)
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
The American Trial Lawyers Association
Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers
Top Lawyer (DUI/Criminal Defense)
North Valley Magazine
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
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College of DUI Defense
General Member
National Criminal Defense College (NCDC)
Jury Trial Training (2 weeks)
Public Defender Trial Academy, School of Advocacy
Jury trial college (2 weeks)
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
The Victims Bill of Rights- An Equal Protection Problem?
The Defender, Arizona Attorneys For Criminal Justice
The Victims Bill of Rights- An Equal Protection Problem?
The Defense, Maricopa County Public Defenders Office
Certified Criminal Law Specialist
State Bar of Arizona
Websites & Blogs
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.
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.
Q. Are police permitted to question my son as a potential witness without a n atty present?
A: Generally the answer is "yes".
Q. If the county drops charges against you can the city pick up the charges
A: The simple answer is "yes".
Q. Charged with DV for the first time. will the state require for us not to see each other for undetermined amount of time?
A: Your questions are the most common asked by people charged with domestic violence related crimes. Unfortunately no attorney can or should answer your questions without knowing more information and being involved in the case. I can tell you generally however that prosecutor's - except in the rarest circumstances - do not dismiss charges simply because the defendant has no record and is a good person; nor do they dismiss charges because the alleged victim does not want to prosecute. And it is a standard, common condition of release that the defendant have no contact with the victim and most cases not return to the scene of the alleged crime (usually the person's home). Depending on the particular circumstances, there are strategies to get you back together. You should directly contact and retain counsel to represent you to assist in that regard and of course to help you avoid a criminal conviction, especially for a DV charge.
Q. what is substantial emergency qualify as find as
A: Your question is unintelligible. If you still have a question you would like answered, re-post it.
Q. After being released on own recognition what criteria do judges follow in order to change release conditions ?
A: It is difficult to answer your question without knowing more details and the specifics. The best suggestion is to contact your public defender (insist on speaking to him/her) to exactly what is happening and why.
Q. My husband was charged with domestic violence against me. Can I see him if I want to?
A: Technically "no". A standard release condition in DV cases is that the defendant (here your husband) have no contact with the alleged victim (you). However, you should contact his lawyer so that he/she can explain your options. In most cases, especially misdemeanor cases, depending on circumstances, contact can be modified.
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