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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being charged with a crime will be one of the most difficult situations you or your loved ones will ever face. For aggressive and experienced representation in DUI, felony, and misdemeanor cases, I’m here to help.

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We've Got Hundreds of Trials Under Our Belt


Criminal Defense

We've successfully defended various charges throughout courtrooms across the State of Arizona. If you've been charged with a crime, turn to us for help.


We're With You

When you choose Palestini Law, we're with you every step of the way. We'll answer all of your questions and make sure everything goes smoothly.


DUI/DWI Defense

A DUI/DWI arrest can have serious consequences, from losing your license to jail time. Discuss your rights with the experienced lawyers at Palestini Law.


Trust Our Experience

We've conducted over 300 trials, so don't hesitate to trust us with your case. We'll handle it expertly and make it easy for you to understand.

How Does It Work

Free Consultation

Come sit down with us, let us review your case, and we'll tell you how we can help.

Detailed Analysis

Once you've chosen to hire us, we'll immediately begin studying all the details of your case.

Personal Interaction

We're with you every step of the way to make things easy for you. You're not just another case number at Palestini Law.

Case Papers

We'll make sure all the relevant paperwork and legal work is taken care of. Let us handle the details.


"Thoroughly impressed by my recent experience hiring James. He is remarkably astute and professional and helped to get a case dismissed in my favour. Highly recommended!"



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Ricky Sandoval
Ricky Sandoval
James Is the man, he got my reckless driving charge dismissed. He keeps good contact with you and seems to love what he does he has the energy and compassion to this. Once again thank you James 🫡
Steven Iser
Steven Iser
Super knowledgable - thanks so much for the legal counsel!
Jessica Martin
Jessica Martin
Amazing attorney! He was so helpful every step of the way, and he never made me feel like my questions were stupid, even if they were. He got my DUI dismissed! I speak volumes of this man because of all he was able to help me with! If you need a DUI attorney HIRE HIM. I called 4 before a friend gave me his number, and I’m so thankful I got in contact with him. 5 stars!!!!
Michelle Mccarrick
Michelle Mccarrick
No need to look any further, James is your man! Your mind will be at ease knowing your case is in James' quite capable hand. He has a master plan & he'll fight for you regardless of the prosecutor's demand! I'm so grateful that I chose Paletini Law - now go give him a call!!
Ayoni Lanier
Ayoni Lanier
He is awesome and knows his job well. Went to trial today and got found not guilty. I highly recommend him. Thank you so much
He’s a really good lawyer, he’s the best that there is . This guy helped beat barley unbeatable charges he was just great I love him. Hope no one has to hire him but if you ever need to this is the guy .
Carlos Mena
Carlos Mena
What a great lawyer and more importantly. A great human being. He really cares.
Kee Suggs
Kee Suggs
Great communication during the complete process. Prompt in replying and addressing any issues or concerns. Most importantly, professional and made no promises, as to how the outcome would be and made the best decisions in the interest of my wellbeing.
Fantastic experience with a fantastic lawyer. Highly recommended. Was very informative during the entire legal process and offered to keep tabs after. Very friendly.
I would recommend James Palestini to anyone who needs a great, informative, kind, considerate Atty. He is a man of his word. He is a man of integrity. I THANK GOD for him. He is the best, James Palestini will fight for you. I pray that you James will have the best future ever in law & life. ~ Asta

Meet Your Attorney

James Palestini - Lawyer

James P. Palestini

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Originally from Toronto, Canada, James Palestini relocated to Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Criminology from Arizona State University. James then attended law school at Phoenix School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. While pursuing his doctorate, James interned at a criminal defense firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. James handled a multitude of criminal cases there, including felony, misdemeanor and criminal traffic matters.

Following his internship, James was licensed and immediately hired as an attorney at the Scottsdale firm where he practiced for over a year. James then accepted a position with acclaimed boutique criminal defense firm, Kimerer & Derrick, PLC where he worked alongside world renowned attorneys – most notably known for their work establishing America’s Miranda Rights in U.S. v. Miranda. During his 7 years at the firm, James gained notoriety for expertly handling complex felony and misdemeanor cases while maintaining compassionate and genuine client-attorney relationships.

James has continued his practice with his own firm, Palestini Law, PLC, located in Central Phoenix, and provides high level criminal defense services to his clients. James has over 10 years of criminal defense experience and has conducted over 350 trials. He has been awarded by the legal community for his expertise with the Rising Star Award for the last 4 consecutive years, and the AVVO Client Choice Award for the last 5 consecutive years. Clients recognize James for his personable and caring demeanor as well as the detailed attention he pays to each of his cases.

James is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona, the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. James is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

Property Crimes

  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny

Personal Crimes

  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct

Statutory Crimes

  • Criminal traffic
  • Open container violations
  • Public intoxication

Trial Lawyer

  • Misdemeanor lawyer
  • Felony lawyer
  • Other criminal matters

Palestini Law



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