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Kathleen N. Carey Law Offices, PLC – Ms. Carey is the principal and owner of the firm that focuses all of her practice in all Criminal Defense matters with an emphasis in the area of DUI defense with the remaining part of her practice on MVD and/or regulatory hearings/defense.  She has been practicing DUI defense since 1997, starting as a student in law school with her first case presented in Tempe, Arizona.  Ms. Carey previously worked in the Mesa (SEF) office of the Maricopa County Public Defender where she was assigned primarily felony Criminal cases but began being the one attorney in the office to be assigned to DUI cases and/or vehicular crimes in the her trial group.  She was then transferred to represent the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office as the first full-time dedicated Lobbyist as that offices' Relations Coordinator, in the country at the state and federal legislatures until she left the office in 2005.  Ms. Carey was the private criminal defense Legislative Liason from 2005 to approximately 2008, for the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (the local affiliate for the national organization - NACDL).  She received her J.D. from Arizona State University as a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar (1999) where she participated in the Public Defender's Clinic focusing on DUI Defense.

Ms. Carey is a Licensed Attorney in the State of Arizona and a member of the Arizona State Bar Association.  She is or has been a member of several professional organizations including the National College of DUI Defense (Current Arizona State Delegate 2012 to Present), Arizona Public Defender Association (legislative and Parity Committees), Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Legislative and DUI Committees and the statewide Derendal Task Force to preserve the inviolate right to jury trials in Arizona submitting the Amicus Brief on behalf of the Maricopa County Public Defender); and has been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (State Legislative Network Member) and the American Bar Association. After successfully obtaining a statutory amendment to expand the Committee to include a statewide indigent defense representative, Ms. Carey became the first APDA appointee by the House Speaker to the Arizona Sex Offender Guidelines Committee.  She assisted the National Foundation of Women Legislators as a Host Committee member for the 2005 National Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.  She has been certified (admitted) to practice before the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court.

She is trained in the administration of Field Sobriety Testing; the administration of Drug Recognition Evaluations (September 2011) and on instruments being used to test for alcohol and drugs by the Crime Labs in Arizona (July 2012).  Ms. Carey is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial College (July 2010 Warrior), Speak Like Leader Trained (Summer 2009) and has frequently presented at DUI and MVD seminars primarily focused at educating attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, legislators and the judiciary on Defense of DUI's, MVD and DUI laws and/or the collateral consequences of DUI convictions.

Ms. Carey has an extensive history of community involvement participating on committees, Teen Court and Courthouse Experience Tour Programs, neighborhood watch and legislative action committees.  She has frequently been sought by private, legal, criminal justice and defender organizations at a state and national level as a speaker, panelist, and/or participant as faculty for the purpose of educating others, discussing legislative bills, updates, trends, unfunded mandates, collateral consequences and the disenfranchised with an emphasis on restoration of rights, sentencing reform and the need for private citizens and state and national defense bars to become active in legislative affairs and government relations.  Ms. Carey has frequently testified before legislative committees at the Arizona State Legislature and has worked with federal legislators on criminal justice issues.  Ms. Carey assisted Senator Durbin (D – Illinois) with drafting federal legislation to assist public defenders and prosecutors with student loan forgiveness in an effort to address retention and recruiting shortfalls.  She has made numerous visits to schools and/or parks and recreation programs to educate youth on the consequences of illegal behavior with an emphasis on the dangers of underage drinking, driving under the influence and drug abuse

Recommendations

  • DUI related questions

    I contacted Kathleen today (Sunday) for some questions about a DUI related traffic stop that I recently experienced. I was not charged at the scene and I was allowed to leave by the officer, however I still had some concerns so I wanted to speak to an attorney. Kathleen responded promptly to my e...
  • Best DUI Lawler in Phoenix

    Kathleen was straight up with me from the beginning and went above and beyond throughout the entire process. I know I messed up and was afraid of how bad this situation could have gotten, but with her counsel I was able to finish all my restitution as quickly and (relatively) painlessly as possib...
  • Outstanding all arround!!

    Kathleen was hands down the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Very receptive to my needs and the case. Extremely aware and cognizant of the law and could clearly communicate to me in a language I understand. I know if I ever need anything legal again, Kathleen will be the person I call and you...
  • The best DUI lawyer in Maricopa County

    I was lucky enough to interview and select Kathleen on my first DUI in 2013. She was honest, upfront and not trying to sell me her services like many other lawyers were. She informed me of the worst case scenario and also informed me of the angles she would take to represent me. She had my senten...
  • Kathleen is a Gladiator!

    When others gave me cheap advice, Kathleen gave me her valuable time and spoke to me like I was already her client. This is an attorney that is very knowledgeable, well articulate, and generous. I would not like to go up against her in the court of law. Just give her a call and you'll hear the pa...
  • Multiple Legal Issues

    My experience with Kathleen Carey was no less than outstanding. Superb knowledge of the law and it's nuances -- excellent support from her staff -- passion to get the best possible outcome for her client. All with a fee structure that is highly competitive with her peers. If you want the best leg...
  • This is the Lawyer you want fighting for you

    I have worked with different lawyers through out my time and I have never experienced anyone like Kathleen Carey. She worked really hard to get the best plea deal for me, and I was very happy with my plea deal. She was very informative through out this whole ordeal, she explained to me everything...
  • Helpful and Informative

    I contacted Ms. Carey for a consult via e-mail. I was shocked by how far above and beyond she went to provide me with pertinent information relative to my case. I'm dealing with a DUI from several years ago and the lawyer who represented me did not keep me up to speed and was disbarred before I c...
  • A Good Lawyer to Know

    Kathleen provided consultation on DUI related charges. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the process in both criminal courts and the MVD (arizona's DMV/BMV). This is an attorney who knows the game and can get things done. She is a true advocate for her clients. I plan to r...
  • Excellent Attorney

    Best lawyer I ever had. Helped me and my family finalized our troubles. 5/5 Stars October 20, 2017 
  • Very Informative!!

    Kathleen took the time to explain detailed information about DUI and Interlock issues to me and I was surprised how little I had known. I am very grateful for her taking the time to speak with me and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a DUI attorney or has any questions they need answered...
  • Best Attorney in AZ

    I used Attorney Carey for a criminal case and was blown away. I had no idea where to begin, who to turn to, or who to assist me in this sort of matter. From day one she was informative, Professional, Honest, caring, and very very knowledgeable. I didnt want a attorney that was going to coddle me,...
  • Highest Recommendation I can make

    I received a DUI. I had never been more upset about a situation in my life. The prospects as they initially appeared to me were complex, humbling and completely overwhelming. I talked with a couple of lawyers, each explaining a cookbook approach that made things seem very rigid and inflexible. T...
  • Kathleen Slays!

    Kathleen has helped both my mom and dad with two DUI cases; one being extreme, and the other very minor. The extreme DUI case has gone incredibly well, with Kathleen always keeping us updated, and never missing a date. She has also helped me on my own case, involving an incident with an MIC, whic...
  • Thankful for lawyers like Kathleen

    I had the pleasure to meet and use Kathleen Carey for a DUI case. I was pulled over and arrested back in August of 2013 on a low BAC. I was confused and did not know what to do, I did not want to pay for something I didn't deserve. I was lucky enough to get referred to Kathleen. After we first me...
  • Like some sort of Super Attorney!

    Kathleen is awesome! She's like some kind of super-lawyer that will fight for your rights and insure that you get superior representation. I found her extremely knowledgeable regarding the law, the rules of criminal procedure, as well as the prosecution's own procedures and policies. Her ethics a...
  • Kathleen N Carey: Thanks for help and advice for Junior Adventure Race

    Kathleen Carey provided pro-bono legal advice and reviewed some legal forms for a local Junior Adventure Race. She was prompt and acted quickly as I had a short time frame for the documents to be correct. All the help was greatly appreciated by about 135 racers ages 8-14. 5/5 Stars March 1, 2011
  • Supportive, knowledgable, Bad event Excellent Lawyer and staff

    Kathleen and her assistant Michele were wonderful. I highly reccomend this team 5/5 Stars June 17th, 2010
  • Best DUI Lawyer

    Kathleen did a fantastic job of representing my low BAC case, and stuck with it to the end, over three years, when the case was lost in the court system for a year, She did a fantastic job, getting my case plead out to a reckless driving with fines limited to Court cost fees. 5/5 Stars July 15,...
  • Kathleen Carey goes above and beyond to help

    Unbelievably helpful and went above and beyond what any lawyer would ever do. She was highly responsive and helpful but also educated me on the system. She handled all of my paperwork and walked me through every process. My case was a year ago and till this very day she continues to help me. I HA...
  • Time efficient and knowledgeable on DUI laws that interfere with state lines

    My daughter incurred a DUI in AZ over 2 years ago. Since the incident, she moved back to VA, and the process of obtaining answers regarding state boundaries has been a challenge to say the least . After pursuing many attorneys, I was more than impressed with her straight forward feedback and know...
  • Excellent

    Kathleen did a wonderful job taking me through a difficult time. She was straightforward and poignant about what the maximum penalties were for my case and what I might expect. Through the plea process, she was able to deliver beyond my expectations - I did not get off but the sentencing was more...
  • The Best !

    Straight to the point, she did her job well and helped me with my case the best she could! Definitely looks out for your and good woman. 5/5 Stars July 27, 2018
  • Knowledge is a weapon, I intend to be formidably armed.....

    Upon my very first interaction with Kathleen Carey, I knew I had found a source of knowledge in an area I knew nothing about. It didn't take much, other than being charged with 2 different counts of DUI, to remind me that I was not educated enough about my own rights in such matters, let alone pr...
  • I recommend Kathleen N Carey!!!!

    I got DUI on Sep 2011, i am in US with working VISA - i honestly never had such tough situation in my life - i had no clue. I got to know about Kathleen from the web and i gave call to her, she was very straight forward and didnt give me any false hopes. She explained what she would try and what ...
  • She is just amazing!!!!!

    This attorney is amazing she got all three of my charges dismissed and the charges were very serious. My case was a very difficult case because I had never been in theArizona state before, but unfortunately my charges were coming from Maricopa County. This attorney is very precise and clear about...
  • DUI CASE DISMISSED! BEST DUI LAWYER IN ARIZONA!!!!!

    Kathleen represented me in 2018 for a low b.a.c. DUI, from the moment I first spoke to her I knew that she was aggressive lawyer.I knew she would fight for me till the end. Kathleen is very experienced and confident and gets to the point. Kathleen knows her laws very well, she found that I was wr...
  • Carey

    Kathleen Carey gave me advice after reviewing a case. She was helpful and knowledgable. 5/5 Stars June 4th, 2010
  • A lawyer who has your back

    Kathleen covered a trial for me in a situation where the odds were against us and my client was extremely agitated. She won the trial in less than an hour and saved me from endless hassle. She is now the first person I call when I need to hire an attorney to deal with difficult situations. She is...
  • amazing lawyer!!!!

    Kathleen Carey was amazing on my dui charge!!! she kept me informed and knew what she was doing!! my charge was dismissed cause it was under the legal limit and she fought for me and held no prisoners!!! She know what she was doing and i admire a strong woman that knows the law and know how to se...
  • What an Attorney !!!!!

    I was very lucky to have had Kathleen represent me during my Super Extreme DUI case. She was extremely informative, and caring. She told me everything that would be happening prior to going in front of the Judge. She worked with the prosecution and got me a really great plea deal considering what...

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