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Michelle Villanueva Skura

Michelle Villanueva Skura

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Michelle Villanueva-Skura is both a criminal defense and personal injury attorney with a passion for individual rights, government accountability, and personal freedom. Her background in insurance defense and personal injury makes Michelle an aggressive advocate for her clients. Michelle serves her community by defending its citizens’ rights and holding law enforcement and the prosecution to the standards imposed by both the state and federal Constitution.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Juvenile Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    30-60 minute free initial consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted.
  • Contingent Fees
    Our Personal Injury contingency fee is one of the lowest in the Valley.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 032998
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Education
University of Miami
B.A. (1997) | English Literature
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University of Oxford
other (1996) | English Literature
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Awards
10 Best in Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
American Institute Criminal Law Division recognition of excellence in criminal defense client satisfaction in Arizona.
40 under 40
National Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers recognition of Michelle Villanueva Skura, Esq. as a top 40 Attorney.
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 032998
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Website
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Daughter arrested last night
A: From your description the charges are likely: 001) Count of MIL AFFAIR/EMERG SERVICE VIOL (001) Count of Disorderly Conduct- Refuse to Disperse Without knowing the specifics of your daughter’s case and taking into consideration the Governor's recent curfew/declaration of emergency, our estimate is that these charges will likely be classified as a Misdemeanor 1. Misdemeanors range from level 1-6, with 1 being the most serve and 6 being the least. While a misdemeanor is not as serious as a Felony, it carries serious ramifications such as hefty fines and incarceration. Long term a conviction of this nature could impact her ability to secure scholarships, stay in school, secure professional licensing and overall job prospects. Please feel free to contact our office to speak to an Attorney today.
Q. Crashed my car by falling asleep cop charged me with a DUI for failing the suberiaty test.
A: You were correct to plead the 5th, many people fail to assert their right to remain silent. Unfortunately the court will usually find the search to be lawful since it will be considered a "Search Incident to Arrest". You will most likely be charged with a drug DUI due to the police finding what they consider to be drug paraphernalia. If the drug paraphernalia was used for marijuana and you have a valid medical marijuana card, then the card can provide what is known as an affirmative defense to help defend you. Traditionally the field sobriety test is inadmissible or does not hold much weight in court, however the results of any in-custody blood test will be admissible in court . You should seek the help of an attorney as there are many elements of your case that can be argued in your favor along with mitigating factors to help diminish or dismiss the charges. You are welcome to contact our office today to speak with an attorney (480) 923-9001 Michelle Skura VS Criminal Defense Attorneys
Q. Can they charge me with a DUI for this?
A: Hello. I am sorry to hear about this encounter. It is very important that you contact an attorney. Even if you passed the sobriety test and were technically not "impaired" if the Blood Calibration results yield any traces of THC or any other metabolites then the State can charge you with a DUI. The only affirmative defense would be if you had a Medical Marijuana card. This would still require that an attorney submit motions and argue the defense on your behalf. In regards to the Marijuana in the trunk you are look at a possession and depending on whether it was a concentrate, wax or resin you could be looking at a Possession of Narcotics Charge. This is due to the recent changes in the way AZ interprets what is protected under 203 and what is not. Please feel free to reach out if you have additional questions or would like a consultation this weekend. 480-923-9001.
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Villanueva Skura Attorneys at Law
1845 S Dobson Rd
Ste 202
Mesa, AZ 85202
Telephone: (480) 923-9001
Cell: (480) 923-9001
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