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Carmen Mary Gosselin

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   16 reviews

also known as Carmen Dapkus

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Carmen

Learn Carmen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I have successfully represented clients charged with everything from possession of marijuana to armed robbery and kidnapping.

    15 years

  2. Domestic violence
    Throughout my career, I have represented numerous clients charged with domestic violence crimes and I have had more than 50 cases dismissed over the last 5 years.

    15 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    I have represented hundreds of DUI clients with favorable results. I am experienced in alcohol as well as drug related DUIs, including prescription drugs. I utilize experts and forensic scientists to overcome the State's evidence and fight for a just outcome.

    15 years

Practicing criminal defense law for over ten years. Experienced in all areas of criminal defense including DUI and related charges.  Extensive experience representing clients charged with domestic violence offenses.  Known as a fierce trial attorney.  

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420 W. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Tom | November 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Skilled Attorney
I had been falsely accused of contempt and had the very good fortune to be represented by Carmen Gosselin. Carmen developed a highly effective legal strategy in my defense and did a masterful job of presenting my case in court. Her efforts helped secure a verdict of not guilty. In addition to her legal expertise, she is a counselor in the truest sense of the word. She was extraordinarily supportive of me during a very difficult time. I cannot recommend Carmen highly enough. She’s exactly the type of person you want advocating for you if you encounter legal difficulties.
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Posted by Bobby | November 26, 2019
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My review
Carmen truly cares. I’m a seven-time felon and been through many lawyers and know about many lawyers. I could say Carmen by far was the best one. She doesn’t treat you like a Paycheck or criminal. She went out of her wayTo get me the best deal possible. And it was it a good deal. On a case that I should’ve got 3 to 7 years. She got me the least a seven-time Felon could possibly get. It was a miracle
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional Very efficient Communicates & Very pro active with clients she got both of my cases dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer for my criminal case
She represented my brother she did real good on helping him win and catch the other persons lies and didn't trust her cries she did real good.
Posted by Danny | April 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
In regards to the efficiency of my attorney.
I was satisfied with the way she took care of my case. She was commendable and very cordial pertaining to my situation.
Posted by C | July 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I was charged with multiple felony cases and facing up to 8 years. Carmen was the attorney I so desperately needed to help me.
I was charged with an aggravated dui and while on release subsequently was charged with aggravated assault DV. I truly felt I was innocent in both cases but not being wealthy or having connections, things weren't looking to good for me. Over an almost 4 year span Carmen was there to help me fully understand my situation, the different options that I had, and what the possible outcome that could be. Her professionalism and personable approach allowed me to make what I believe are some of the most important decisions in my life. The outcome of what seemed like a nightmare was the DV case was dropped to a disorderly conduct misdemeanor, what we asked for 3 years prior. The 2 dui felonies we took to a jury trial where I was found not guilty on both charges. Unless you or a loved one is or have been charged with a serious crime it's hard to understand the hopelessness that one can feel. I feel like I've been reborn and have my life back. Forever grateful, thank you Carmen.
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Posted by Pablo | January 16, 2017
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Carmen is the lawyer to hire, take it from someone who has no faith in2017 the system, and after thanks to hiring Carmen is out.
My case was looking like I would end up in prison for sure. Not only was I on parole back in jail on a violation but also back with a new case and one popped up out of nowhere. But never did Carmen sway or get fazed by what was I front of her. She knew exactly how's your had to defend me knew the approach she was going to peruse and was absolutely relentless. She was against the opposers and never took thier side. One by one like a forseen chess moves she beat every battle we faced. Carmen was awesome and made me feel confident when everything felt lost. Not only did I feel confident but I believed in her more and more because she's not talk she's really about her buisness. She proved herself and was a great decision in hirirng.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Simply the best
My case had hit a brick wall I was left with two options, accept what the court would give me or keep fighting, obviously I choose to keep fighting and I am glad I did. My previous attorney referred me over to Ms Gosselin and recommended that I speak with her as soon as possible. From the beginning I knew Carmen had my best interest at heart. We discussed my case and she was very confident that she could get a favorable outcome. She was honest and very clear, she made sure that i understood both sides of the coin, also throughout the proceedings she made certain that I understood everything. She is a true professional and highly knowledgeable. I am very happy with how she represented me and also the outcome. Carmen was a true blessing.
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Posted by Joe | May 8, 2015
When you have not been engaged as a defendant within the legal system you are at a severe disadvantage unless you have an excellent attorney. You may be intelligent, well spoken, business-savvy and above all innocent of the charges against you; but none of that matters. It is THE ATTORNEY that matters. They are the vehicle, the educator, the confidant, the presenter of facts and your character as well as what is right and wrong in determining innocence or guilt. Carmen Gosselin HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK IN ALL AREAS! Her ability to know the law and applicable cases / precedence countered every move of the prosecutor with successful objections, requests for stipulations and above all language and explanations of the law and reasonable doubt to the jury. She was professional as well as personable and understanding that life events put me in a legal situation that could very well have been perceived as guilt without doubt. But she applied the appropriate defense and communicated her inquiries, and explanations of fact and law from a perspective that left the court and jury clearly seeing the difference between the prosecutors fact and speculation. I would highly recommend her as an attorney, mediator, articulator, and general life/business advisor based on the above, but more importantly based on her character. I am happy for others who will be able to work with her on their legal matters and am proud to be able to endorse her based on my experience. Thank you Carmen !
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2015
Carmen helped get my life back
I hired Carmen having never met her, a huge risk. I had moved out of state at the time and needed representation. She took on my case and promised she would do everything in her power to help me. I can never thank Carmen enough for helping me get through one of the hardest years of my life. There are no words for how hard she worked to accommodate my out-of-state circumstances and for a 'not guilty' verdict. Thank you for helping me get my life back!
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2015
Thank you Carmen!
Carmen is a tremendous lawyer and will get the job done right. I was facing a difficult case in which I was completely innocent. Carmen shot holes in the prosecutions case immediately and the case was dropped. She even worked hard to get the case dropped beforehand. She called, texted, and emailed me to remind me of upcoming times and dates. Thank you so much for your help and, I hope I never do, but if I need legal help in the future, your number will be the first dialed.
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Posted by Taylor | January 27, 2015
My DUI Case
I was recommended to Carmen Gosselin by attorney Brian Sloan, who was at first my attorney. I was fighting a DUI case in Scottsdale, Arizona due to my blood coming back as a .090 intoxication rate. Brian had my blood retested and it came back as a .087, so I decided to take my case to trial. I was then introduced to Carmen to go forth and take over my case while going to trial, and it was the perfect fit for me. Being a 22 year old girl and not knowing everything about the law, Carmen made it easy to understand. I ended up winning my trial and due to Carmens expertise on bringing my trial to reality to the Jury is what led us to victory. The defense attorney for the state went on and on about the rules and laws within the state of Arizona. Carmen brought into play facts about my case while keeping it commercial length to keep the juries attention without overwhelming him with too much information. I am so grateful to of worked with Carmen and I'm even more grateful that I don't have all the payments from a DUI.
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Posted by Melissa | October 15, 2014
Ms. Gosselin did an amazing job on my case, and my extreme DUI charges were dismissed
After being put in contact with Carmen, I was still a little hopeless about my situation. I had been waiting in my car for a friend to pick me up after leaving a friend's house one night, fell asleep, and woke up to an extreme DUI. From the get go, Carmen was persistent and confident in my case, which was the complete opposite where I stood. Her positive energy changed my outlook, and with her help, all my DUI charges were dismissed. Upon signing my plea to a minor in consumption of alcohol, Carmen continued to be of assistance to me. She was knowledgeable, thorough, and always kept to her word. It is been a pleasure to work with her and I am immensely appreciative of the outcome of my case.
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Posted by doug | August 2, 2014
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I've tried several times to offer up my opinion of Carman Gosselin,in order to express my appreciation and recognition of a lawyer who is working on a case of mine. Unfortunately, on past attempts, my reviews never made it to the site and I put it on the back burner, hopefully this will make it to print.First let me say in my sixtey some years of dealing with lawyers I've had more bad then good memories to reflect back on.However, in my dealings with Ms. Gosselin, I felt it my obligation to recognize this lawyer for what she is, a true proffesional in her feild. I must admit these days it's refreshing to come accross someone so dedicated to her proffesion.In all my dealings with her I have found her to go the extra mile to insure justice is served.In the many months that she has represented me I have never had a problem contacting her, on the many occasions where it was necessary to leave a voicemail message she always returned my call promptly. She is extemely knowledgable and very willing to address any concerns I have.I have taken the time to watch her in action by watching her in court defending someone I didn't know when she was with the Public Defenders office. I must admit, it was because of that case and the way she handled herself that when it became necessary for me to obtain legal counsel I sought her out. I was pleased to find out that she had opted to branch out, and opened her own practice.It was gratifying to see a young proffesionable who obviously paid her dues to get to the point of being able to open her own practice.I was pleasantly surprised after finding out she was on her own. Needless to say, after meeting face to face and reaffirming my belief that there are some good lawyers out there I signed her up for my defense. I must confess it was because of her attitude and the way she looks out for me that my opinion of the legal field has changed, for the better. I only wish there were more lawyers like her, she clearly has my best interest in mind when representing me. In my opinion she is in it to win it, unlike most attorneys these days, who are only in it for the bucks and would rather plead you out then take the time and seek justice be served
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Posted by Greg | June 11, 2014
An excellent lawyer for any defendant
I had the pleasure of meeting Carmen while she was defending my wife in a criminal case. My wife and I both had the same charges, only different lawyers. My lawyer had been in practice for longer than Carmen but did not have half the knowledge or fight that Carmen had. My lawyer got me a plea and seemed to do very little. Carmen worked My wife's case VERY diligently and always kept us in the loop. Reviewing the case and constantly providing facts to the D/A prior to having to go to trial. Ultimately Carmen got my wife's case dismissed . When i search for representation I want someone who is willing to fight for me. Carmen displayed such confidence in her ability to fight and win this case that we knew she was going to exceed our expectations and surpass the benchmark my lawyer had set. I recommend Carmen over any other lawyer practicing law.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Knowledgeable and caring
Carmen was very informed of my DUI case and offered options for me that ranged from the worst case to the best case scenario. She kept me in the loop of all proceedings via email, phone calls and text. In my case, she got me the opportunity to serve my sentence via work furlough (instead of department of corrections) which helped me keep my job, provide for my family and complete my sentence without having to alter my world.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • C.G. Law PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Maricopa County
  • 2008 - 2013


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Arizona State
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Rasool K.
  • Not Guilty Jury Verdict


  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Citizens Serving Citizens Service Award
  • Maricopa County
  • 2013
  • Award of Accomplishment
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2010


  • Attorney at Law Magazine
  • Attorneys to Watch in 2015
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender Association Annual Conference
  • Changes in DUI Laws, DUI Life Hacks, Sentencing and Defending DUI Outside of the Box
  • 2015
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (7)
Endorse Carmen
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Carmen in action and I can honestly say that she is a superb lawyer. I am more than happy to endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Gosselin for many years, and have found her to be an amazing advocate for her clients. I was so impressed with her skills and accomplishments, that I made her the Lead Lawyer on The Arizona Criminal Law Team. Since then, she has achieved some amazing results for her clients. I absolutely recommend Ms. Gosselin as a Criminal Defense Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carmen is one of the most intelligent lawyers I have had the pleasure to meet and work with. She is the first person I call when I have a question on my case. She works very hard on her client's behalf and truly cares for her clients. Any person who chooses Carmen to represent them on a legal matter is in great hands and can rest assure that she is working to obtain the best result on their behalf."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Gosselin is an experienced and aggressive attorney who is committed to getting favorable outcomes for her clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked as a prosecutor against Carmen. She is a tough, capable attorney who is completely dedicated to defending her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mrs. Gosselin is a fearless litigator and great advocate for her clients. She will explore all issues in any case and zealously represent her clients. I recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Carmen since law school, I can say that when it comes to defending her clients she is tenacious, aggressive and highly effective. Carmen is one of the few attorneys on my short list that I recommend for criminal defense matters when asked by friends, family, and others in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptionally skilled trial lawyer. In many years of practice in state and federal courts, I have handled hundreds of cases. From time to time, I refer people to a small group of lawyers whom I trust to provide a high level of competent and diligent services. Carmen Gosselin is one of those lawyers in whom I place great trust."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carmen is a strong advocate on behalf of her clients. She is eloquent in court and works extremely hard to get good results. I would recommend her to any potential client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the pleasure of working with Ms. Gosselin for a number of years. I have watched her rag-doll prosecution witnesses in trial like a pitbull on a squeak toy. She is a fighter! She is also one of those rare attorneys who will be completely candid with you from the get-go about all aspects of your case. If you or a loved one has a criminal case, Ms. Gosselin will get you to the best possible solution if you listen to her advice. Have no hesitation in contacting her. You will not be disappointed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I can see from her answers here on AVVO, and from the fact that she works for the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office, which is a truly excellent organization, that she is a highly skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Carmen and I were co-workers for a number of years. She is a dedicated and hard working attorney who fights aggressively on behalf of her clients. I endorse her."
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Phoenix Criminal defense Lawyer Carmen Mary Gosselin
Carmen Mary Gosselin
Criminal defense Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 15 years
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