Criminal Defense

Our Recent Results:

(LAST UPDATED: February, 2017)

Our results speak for themselves. Other law firms advertise themselves as “trial lawyers” – but do they win trials? Here are our real case results.

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  • “NOT GUILTY” Jury Verdict on First Degree Murder: In 2017, Griffen & Stevens won a jury acquittal on a first degree murder case. Our client was being held in jail on a $1 million bond for over two (2) years, awaiting trial. At trial, Griffen & Stevens cross-examined the State’s witnesses, revealing inconsistencies and weaknesses in the State’s case. We called defense witnesses and presented our own defense case. After a substantial, long-fought battle, our client was unanimously found “Not Guilty” by the 12-person jury. For the first time in over two (2) years, our client went home to his family that night. (Yavapai County Superior Court, Prescott, AZ)

News article link: Jury: Suspect not guilty in teen’s death


  • Extreme DUI Case Dismissed: In 2016, Griffen & Stevens refused to give up on an Extreme DUI case where the police officer violated the applicable codes and regulations related to the “deprivation period” associated with the Intoxilyzer 8000 breathalyzer machine. After 11 months of litigation, interviews, and pressure on the prosecution, Griffen & Stevens obtained a dismissal of the case. Our client suffered no conviction, no jail, no fine, and no probation. (Flagstaff Municipal Court, Flagstaff, AZ)

  • Case Dismissed Three (3) Times: In 2016, Griffen & Stevens litigated a serious case, which involved over $200,000 in restitution, to permanent dismissal. This was the third time that Griffen & Stevens succeeded in getting the case dismissed. It started when Client was charged with recklessly and severely injuring another person. The original case was dismissed when Griffen & Stevens demanded a trial. Then, the case was refiled, and due to an error by the State, Griffen & Stevens obtained a second dismissal. Finally, the State filed the case a third time, and after aggressive litigation, Griffen & Stevens obtained a third dismissal, this time with prejudice. (Coconino County, Williams, AZ)

  • Sex Assault Case Dismissed: Client was charged with two counts of sexual assault. After months of investigation, Griffen & Stevens proved to the State that the victim’s allegations were inaccurate, at best, or dishonest, at worst. Upon further aggressive negotiations with the State, Griffen & Stevens convinced the State to dismiss the case, thus not subjecting Client to a trial. (Coconino County Superior Court, Flagstaff, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Trial: In 2015, Client was wrongfully accused of assaulting a patron at a local watering hole. It turns out that the “witnesses” against our Client were intoxicated and unable to accurately recount their stories when pressed by Griffen & Stevens during cross examination. Ultimately, their stories didn’t match up, and it became clear the original story given to police was not the truth. Our client was found “not guilty” of all criminal charges. (Williams Municipal Court, Williams, AZ)

  • Case Dismissed: In 2015, clients were charged with theft of over $100,000. The case, which was poorly/inadequately investigated, involved allegations that clients defrauded an elderly/vulnerable relative. That grand jury was not told the full story. After Griffen & Stevens thoroughly investigated and then provided the prosecutor with clearly exculpatory evidence, the case, including all charges, was dismissed with prejudice. (Yavapai County Superior Court, Camp Verde, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Trial: In 2015, Client was victimized by a vindictive neighbor who set up a situation where Client was charged with a crime. The neighbor recorded only a small portion of what really happened and convinced law enforcement to file charges against Client. After a contested trial, Client was acquitted of all criminal activity. Specifically, our Client was found “not guilty” at trial. (Flagstaff Justice Court, Flagstaff, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Trial: In 2014, Client was wrongfully accused of assaulting a coworker on a job site. The worker disrespected his direct supervisor, who told the worker he needed to do his job. The worker decided to become physical with his supervisor, and afterwards, ran to the police and accused his supervisor of assault. At trial, Griffen & Stevens proved the worker was lying and was just trying to avoid doing his job. Client was found “not guilty” of assault. He was cleared of all criminal wrongdoing. (Williams Justice Court, Williams, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Jury Trial: In 2014, Client was taken to trial in Mohave County on three felony counts: sale of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. After conducting a defense investigation that far-exceeded what the police had done, Griffen & Stevens subpoenaed multiple defense witnesses whose testimony generated significant doubt about whether Client knew about the dangerous drugs. After a jury trial, Client was acquitted on all charges. The jury specifically found Client “not guilty” of each offense. (Mohave County Superior Court, Kingman, AZ)

  • Bond Reduced by $73 Million: Client was held on an excessively high cash-only bond. After the Court denied our request to lower the bond, Griffen & Stevens took the case to the Arizona Court of Appeals, arguing that the Court had violated the Arizona Constitution, Section II, Article 15, which states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” The Arizona Court of Appeals agreed with Griffen & Stevens and ordered the trial court to reduce the bond. The result was a reduction in the bond by $73 million. (Yavapai County Superior Court, Prescott, AZ)

  • “Lifetime” Probation Terminated: Client had been placed on a “lifetime” probation term while represented by a different law firm. A few years later, Client contacted Griffen & Stevens to fix the problem and try to get off of lifetime probation. After a huge legal battle, with many ups and downs, Griffen & Stevens convinced the Court to successfully terminate the “lifetime” probation. Client now has the rest of his life ahead of him – with no probation required. (Coconino County Superior Court, Flagstaff, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Jury Trial: Client was charged with three felony offenses: unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. After researching the officer’s background, Griffen & Stevens revealed that the officer had a history of misconduct including dishonesty. After a 3-day jury trial, Client was acquitted on all charges. The jury specifically found Client “not guilty” of each offense. (Yavapai County Superior Court, Prescott, AZ)

  • Case Dismissed – In 2013, Client was charged with transportation of methamphetamine and cocaine for sale. A large quantity of drugs were located in a secret/hidden compartment of a large cooler that contained food items. Client was not given a fair grand jury process. Griffen & Stevens filed a motion to remand, challenging the grand jury indictment process. Upon winning the motion, the case was remanded, and Griffen & Stevens convinced the prosecutor not to re-charge Client due to his lack of knowledge of the drugs. Case dismissed. (Navajo County Superior Court, Holbrook, AZ)

  • “Not Guilty – All Charges” At Trial: Client protected his grandson from aggressive police questioning. The police attacked Client and accused Client of taking an “aggressive posture” toward the police officer. It started as a felony charge. Griffen & Stevens convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the felony charge. However, the prosecutor decided to continue to pursue it in misdemeanor court. At trial, Griffen & Stevens cross-examined the police officer, revealed his history of using physical force, and showed that Client was, in fact, the victim. The judge found Client “not guilty” and entered a judgment of acquittal. (Yavapai County Superior Court, Verde Valley Justice Court, Cottonwood, AZ)

  • Prison Reduced by 7.5 Years – In 2014, Client signed a plea agreement requiring 9 years in prison, after his then-attorney pressured him to sign it. Client’s family retained the Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC to defend the case properly. After further litigation, negotiation, and an intense Sentencing Hearing, Griffen & Stevens convinced the Court to reduce the prison time. Griffen & Stevens got his prison time reduced from 9 years to only 1.5 years, with eligibility for parole. (Navajo County Superior Court, Holbrook, AZ)

  • Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale – DISMISSED AFTER MR. GRIFFEN INTERVENED IN THE PROSECUTION
  • Child Molestation – DISMISSED AFTER MR. GRIFFEN WON A MOTION FOR REMAND
  • Transportation of Methamphetamine (over 5 lbs.) for Sale – DISMISSED AFTER MR. STEVENS CHALLENGED THE INVESTIGATION AND FILED A MOTION TO DISMISS
  • Assault and Battery in Tribal Court – DISMISSED AFTER MR. STEVENS INVESTIGATED AND ISSUED SUBPOENAS
  • DUI-Slightest & DUI-Drugs – MISTRIAL GRANTED; DISMISSAL OF ALL DUI CHARGES
  • DUI/DWI & Possession of Alcohol in a Commercial Motor Vehicle – DISMISSED
  • Aggravated Assault – NO COMPLAINT FILED AFTER MR. STEVENS INTERVENED
  • Criminal Speeding – DISMISSED
  • Transportation of Marijuana for Sale on I-40, facing over 20 years prison, with a prior felony conviction – PROBATION AND PERMISSION TO LEAVE THE STATE, NO JAIL SENTENCE
  • Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices – DISMISSED AFTER MR. GRIFFEN CHALLENGED THE EVIDENCE
  • Child Neglect – DISMISSED
  • Vicious Dog Bite Charge – DISMISSED
  • DUI/DWI & Minor in Consumption of Alcohol – DISMISSED
  • Reckless Driving – DISMISSED
  • CDL Speeding Ticket – “NOT GUILTY” AT TRIAL
  • Aggravated DUI (involving a crash), facing up to 15 years at trial – 1.6 YEARS (PAROLE AT 1 YEAR 4 MONTHS)
  • CDL Violation for Alcohol in Truck – DISMISSED
  • Vehicle Trespassing on Closed Area – DISMISSED
  • Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, convicted of felony in 2006 (while not represented by Mr. Stevens) – CONVICTION SET ASIDE (CLIENT RELEASED FROM I.C.E. DETENTION)
  • Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor – DISMISSED
  • DUI-Drugs (Marijuana) – DISMISSED
  • Possession/Transportation of Dangerous Drugs – NO COMPLAINT FILED AFTER MR. STEVENS INTERVENED