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Steven Scharboneau

Steven Scharboneau

(480) 363-0090
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Arizona
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Howard Dworman August 24, 2022
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Steven's skill and strengths makes him an ideal candidate for representation.
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nick L. October 24, 2021
Best Attorney is AZ Steven did an incredible job for very little compensation. I had 5 felony charges stemming from simple possession charge related to a small personal use bag of weed in 2004. The case was quite high profile because I had my firearm allegedly in the car with me. I was driving 5 miles over the limit. The DA did not have a case against me that could stand trial, but my gifted and skilled attorney in the case, John Sears (represented Sammy the Bull Gravano in AZ) got the case basically dropped and I plead to possession of pot a class 6 felony and a misdemeanor for the gun. Needless to say, having 5 felony charges show up on a background check is more than just embarrassing. Steven got ALL 5 charges dropped for me. He worked diligently contacting court administrators and clerks for me. He called the judge. He fought for me diligently. If you are in a criminal case, I highly recommend this lawyer. You will not find a better attorney, especially for the price. He did an amazing job and I would use him again -- though I am a pastor now and live a wholesome, Pius life today. Thanks so much, Steven!
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Attorney Steven Scharboneau primarily focuses in the areas of criminal defense, legislative advocacy, and appellate advocacy. He is extremely passionate about protecting the rights of others and achieves this by advocating for his clients directly in the courtroom and indirectly at the legislative level as a lobbyist.

Steven graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in law and public policy. He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Arizona and in U.S. District Court in the District of Arizona.

Steven works with Arizona’s top criminal justice reform leaders in an effort to transform Arizona’s penal system. He regularly spends time at the Arizona State Capitol meeting with elected officials, community leaders and special interest groups and frequently testifies in Arizona House and Senate committees. He is regularly quoted and interviewed by the media for his expertise on criminal law and justice issues in Arizona and has spoken at a number of private and public speaking engagements. His writings on topics of the law and politics are often published as guest commentary in news media outlets.

During his legal career, Steven has achieved a myriad of victories for his clients including several appellate wins. He is also responsible for drafting and ushering successful legislation such as Arizona’s law prohibiting for-profit commercial mugshot companies and Title 28 (Vehicular Code) reform legislation - both of which were signed into law by Arizona’s Governor.

When not working, Steven enjoys spending time with his family. Steven often volunteers in his community and sits on the board of two non-profit organizations as well as serves as the Vice Chair of the Phoenix Rio Vista Village Planning Committee by appointment from the former Mayor, Greg Stanton.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Stone Rose Law Firm, PLLC
- Current
Legislative Committee Member
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- Current
Law Clerk
Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC
Research Assistant
The Honorable Michael D. Jones, Esq.
Lead Intern
Congressman Ron Barbers Special Election
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
J.D. (2019)
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University of Arizona
B.A. (2015)
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Presidential Commendation
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Cum Laude Honors
University of Arizona
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona
- Current
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U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
- Current
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Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Executive Board Member
- Current
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City of Phoenix Rio Vista Village Planning Committee
Vice Chairman
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Articles & Publications
Arizona Launches Expungement Process for Marijuana Offenses
U.S. News and World Report
Blackman Prisoner Release Bill Fails – Again
AZ Capitol Times
Courts Prepare For Rush To Expunge Marijuana Convictions
Arizona Capitol Times
Home Builders Leave Residents of Unincorporated Areas Helpless
Arizona Capitol Times
Queen Creek Assault Attorney
Queen Creek Criminal Defense Lawyer
Queen Creek Drug Crimes Lawyer
State Expungement Process for Marijuana Offenses Starts Today
Arizona Capitol Times
Arizona Emergency Declaration Curfew – What does this mean?
Arizona Attorney
First-time Felony? You May Be Able to Vote Now in Arizona
Phoenix New Times
Prop 207 Could Have Huge Impact on Criminal Justice Reform in Arizona
KOLD 13 Tucson
Prop. 207 brings expungement for some, why stop there?
Arizona Capitol Times
Some Cities Impose Criminal Charges For Not Wearing a Mask
Arizona Attorney
Arizona Joins Fight Against Mugshot Website Companies
Arizona Capitol Times
Arizona Joins The National Fight Against Commercial Mugshot Website Companies With New Law
Foothills Focus
Speaking Engagements
Arizona's Second Chances Act with Pima County Attorney Laura Conover, Arizona's Second Chances Act with Pima County Attorney Laura Conover
Fulfilling Your Life After Prison, Handcuffed to Freedom Podcast
Legislative Sentencing Reform, Politics Unplugged w/ Dennis Welch and Rep. Diego Rodriguez
Proposition 207 - Expungement, Prop 207 Could Have Huge Impact on Criminal Justice Reform in Arizona
Criminal Justice Reform, Reframing Justice Day at the Arizona Capitol
Restore Your Right to Vote, Automatically!, Restore Your Right to Vote, Automatically! Webinar
Registered Lobbyist
Arizona Secretary of State
Websites & Blogs
Attorney Steven Scharboneau
Scharboneau's Law Blog
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered
Q. Can I be charged a felony on a charge that city convicted me on dui 1 other?
A: The answer is it depends. Generally speaking, it isn't uncommon for DUI charges to start off as a misdemeanor and then be referred up to county for felony prosecution. I've seen this happen plenty of times before. It really will depend on the fats of your case and the way they charged it. There are many more nuances to navigating this, and contacting an Arizona criminal defense attorney to discuss your case is your best bet at this point. Most criminal defense attorneys--myself included--will take a phone call to discuss your case free of charge. You will get a more precise understanding this way.
Q. In 2018 the court set aside my disorderly conduct and my record from the Glendale Municipal Court states “13-907.01” ?
A: I'd have to look more into this. That said, if you were a juvenile at the time there could be options for having your record sealed all together. Also, there is a new law that will go into effect on 1/1/2023 that will provide an avenue for expungement in Arizona. This may be something you want to explore. If you have more questions about this, most criminal defense attorneys (myself included) will discuss your case with you at no charge.
Q. Can I be detained on property waiting hours for warrant. And when do I get property back after charges were dropped
A: The answer is it depends. There is a lot more information I would need to know to accurately answer that question. If you were placed under arrest and there was sufficient probable cause for the arrest, then police can hold you until they get a warrant for a search. If they did place you under arrest but were temporarily detaining you, they would have to have reasonable articulable suspicion for the temporary detention. The temporary detention can only be for as long as reasonably necessary to carry out the mission of the temporary stop. There is a lot more to an analysis like this one, but if the police did violate your rights, the remedy for the violation is suppression of the evidence collected so long as it is tied to the illegal search. It sounds to me like there may be an issue with your case and you should reach out to a criminal defense attorney to discuss further. Most criminal defense attorneys (including myself) will talk to you about your case free of charge.
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8010 East McDowell Road, #105
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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