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Zachary Divelbiss

Zachary Divelbiss

Divelbiss Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • Arizona
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Mr. Divelbiss and I worked in the same office, although we were at different law firms. He was eager to learn and developed a reputation for honesty and zealous advocacy.
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At Divelbiss Law we help keep GOOD people from going to jail! We are a competitive criminal defense law firm in the valley that ruthlessly advocates for our clients. We work continously to pursue the goals of each individual client and fight endlessly until we reach the desired resolution. Our clients enjoy the benefit of being educated about the criminal defense process so we can resolve their current matter(s) and prevent any future criminal issues. Our firm has received the best training through both small and large criminal law firms, including the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office. Our goal is to achieve the best resolution for our clients and in order to do that we limit the amount of clients we retain in order to dedicate all of our time and resources to the clients we accept. Additionally, we limit our practice to criminal, DUI, and traffic offenses in order to master and provide an incredible defense for our clients. If you are facing any criminal charges or have criminal law questions, please contact us NOW to set up a free consultation!

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  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
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  • English
Professional Experience
Divelbiss Criminal Law
- Current
• Advocate and educate criminal defendants through all processes of felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses throughout Maricopa County.
Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite
• Reviewed and analyzed documents for discovery in a large, complex intellectual property and breach of contract case using Relativity platform. • Analyzed complex legal documents including emails, contracts, spreadsheets and other contract documents. • Determined which issues applied to each document and coded the documents accordingly. • Reviewed and determined if the document was responsive to the issues in the case and determined if any type of attorney-client privilege applied. • Performed quality control on other reviewers work to ensure the client was receiving a top quality product.
Law Clerk/Extern
Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
• Received projects from a team of over twelve attorneys while working hand-in-hand with paralegals, investigators, and secretaries. • Successful Motions: Rule 20 – Charge Dismissed, Reaffirmation Finding of Incompetency – Case Dismissed, Severance of Charges – Granted, and Necessarily-Included Lesser Offense – Granted in Jury Instruction. • Compiled thorough pre-litigation research memorandums for matters involving double jeopardy, standing, discovery and counsel disqualifications. • Performed expedited projects for attorneys during trial on matters involving judicial discretion and prosecutorial misconduct. • Completed extensive post-litigation research memorandums for matters involving sentencing, restitution, and expungement laws. • Research, memo writing, courtroom observation, various criminal pre-trial and trial proceedings. • Completed over 200 hours of legal research and writing while working in close contact with supervising attorney. • Courtroom Duties: Assist with Voir Dire, Attend Conferences, Assist with Clients at Health Court Probation Violations, and Observe Complete Trial. • Motions: Franks and Pre-Indictment Delay. • Memorandums: Pre-Indictment Delay, Sexual Misconduct - Position of Trust as Teaching Assistant, Possession of Marijuana - Fresh vs. Burnt, and Misidentification. • Attend: Psychiatric Review Board Hearing and Restoration of Rights Volunteer.
Law Clerk
Lorona Mead, PLC
• Gained general and advanced civil litigation experience in over 30 separate cases. • Drafted complaints, answers, amended complaints, 26.1, interrogatories, request for production, attorney fees, wrongful termination, negotiation letters, status reports, scheduling orders, failure to prosecute, and specific research memos. • Completed over 400 hours of research, writing, and client interaction.
Law Extern
Cavanagh Law Firm
• Researched complex insurance statutes and cases involving insurers obligation to provide replacement parts of “like kind and quality” and “diminution of value.” • Created and compiled a 36-page report including statutory and case law for all 50 states to be included in insurance treatise. • Completed over 200 hours of legal research and writing.
Law Extern
Harla Davison Law Firm
• Experience drafting motions to suppress, remand grand jury and sentencing memos. • Observational experience with change of plea, continuances, initial pre-trial conferences, discovery requests, oral arguments, witness interviews. • Completed over 350 hours of overall experience with Rule 38(d) Limited Practice Certification.
Arizona Summit Law School
J.D. (2016) | Legal Studies
Honors: Donald E. Lively Mission Pillar Award Cum Laude Castro and Merit Scholarship Dean's Award 2014-2016 Top 10% Graduation
Activities: Law Review Moot Court
Arizona State University
B.S. (2014) | Justice Studies
Honors: Cum Laude Provost Scholarship
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona # 033949
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52 Questions Answered

Q. When charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, being the first offense, what happens to the violator?
A: There are many different possible outcomes and the outcome will vary depending on all the circumstances of the particular case. Something important to think about is that in Arizona these charges can still be felonies, which means more jail time, fines and fees. The best possible outcome for these charges is to have them dismissed, or in the alternative, complete drug and alcohol monitoring through TASC to reduce the charge. It's best to think about hiring a lawyer for these charges or else you might not get the best deal possible. Feel free to contact us for a free confidential consultation to discuss your particular situation in-depth. or 480-935-6545
Q. My son got pulled over for suspected DUI, then they searched his car - can they do that?
A: There are a ton of different factors that play into this question and answer. Truthfully, your son will need to set up a confidential consultation with a lawyer to answer this question. Some different factors that play into this situation are when the search occurred during the stop, if your son gave permission, if the car was towed and/or if the officer had probable cause to search the car. Each situation is different, which is why I cannot provide a better answer. However, most of the time police search a car during a DUI arrest, they do so legally. Feel free to contact us directly so we can speak more about this specific situation. 480-935-6545
Q. My boyfriend is facing theft for a motorcycle and burglary of tools . They want to give him 7 years.. he has been prison
A: This is a serious offense and he is facing serious time in prison. I recommend contacting a lawyer to get a consultation as soon as possible. You can contact us for a confidential consultation at or 480-935-6545.
A: There are two ways to deal with this. The first option is to go to court yourself and convince the judge to quash the warrant. Depending on the judge, they may take you immediately into custody and force you to pay the bond to be released. The second option is to hire a lawyer. A lawyer will be able to file the motion to quash without you having to go to court. Everything is still up to the judge. If you have more specific questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at or 480-935-6545
Q. Confused - is it okay to use your cellphone when driving - I see yes, but then I see some cities ban it?
A: Correct, Arizona used to completely allow cell phone use while driving. Now, certain cities have created their own laws that prohibit it. A violation will result in a civil fine. In addition, there have also been laws about the age of the driver (under 18) and their ability to use their phone in the car. Be sure to check where you live and common places where you drive for the most update to day laws regarding cell phone use.
Q. Can I plead not guilty to drunk driving if I truly did not think I was drunk at the time of the incident?
A: In short, you should plead not guilty because the burden of proof is on the State to provide that you were intoxicated at the time you were driving. Keep in mind that in order to be convicted of a DUI all that matters is if you were under the influence of alcohol -- not that you believed you were drunk. Arizona is a zero tolerance state, which means that any amount of alcohol in your system is enough to convict you of a DUI. The smart choice is always to plead not guilty and then hire a lawyer to help you with your case. If you would like to speak more specifically about your case, feel free to contact us at or 480-935-6545
Q. Wreck no driver license. Given paper todo ddc. There was no complaint number on ticket.
A: There should be some type of case number on your ticket, usually at the very top. If not, you will need to contact the court where the ticket was issued. The court information should also be on the ticket. The court will be able to give you the case number if you well them your name and date of birth. Then you can complete DDS.
Q. my husband is a prior felon and we picked up charge of dangerous drug and possesion of paraphinaila class 4 and class
A: It is always in your best interest to fight the charge and try to get a better deal. With the type of charge your husband is facing and the fact that he has prior felonies, it might be difficult to negotiate because the prosecutor will want, at least, some jail time. Asking for that much probation time without prison is not likely but it at least shows a willingness to get help and not pick up new charges. It is possible the public defender you have is being overworked and not fulling getting what you want. I would not recommend a pro bono attorney because they are likely more busy and less effective than the public defenders. Hiring a private attorney for class 4 felonies is expensive but many, including our firm, do offer down payments and payment plans. Feel free to contact us and we can speak more about your husbands situation. 480-935-6545
Q. super extreme DUI - Am I really going to be serving 45 days for this? I'm a college student and have a job
A: This is a really good question to speak in confidence with a lawyer about. As a lawyer, we have to advise you that you could possibly face the maximum sentence but there are always different things we can do to get the sentence reduced. A lawyer will also be able to tell you how good your case is after speaking with you. The fact that you have a prior Disorderly Conduct might make it worse but it will not likely be an issue. The main prior to work about are DUI's. Either way, a Super Extreme DUI is tough in AZ and even more tough for a student trying to keep their job. I recommend contacting us directly to meet for a confidential consultation. 480-935-6545
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Divelbiss Law PLC
Glendale Office
7112 N. 55th Ave
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Glendale, AZ 85301
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