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Arja A Shah

DUI and DWI Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.8   78 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    90%
    All Aspects of DUI and DWI Law

  2. Domestic violence
    10%

Arja Shah is a leading Criminal Defense Attorney serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and surrounding areas. Arja acquired her experience by successfully defending hundreds of individuals facing criminal charges carrying life-altering ramifications. Arja truly understands what it is at stake when you’re charged with a crime and takes great pride in offering very personalized service to her clients.  Arja strongly believes it’s not just about knowing the law, but also knowing how to comfort and lead people through difficult times.

Evidenced by client reviews and professional recognition, Arja believes that everyone deserves a quality defense before they can be served a life altering punishment. Arja will aggressively defend you in court while vigorously protecting your constitutional rights.

Arja was selected to the The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers and named a 2015 and 2016 Top 100 Attorneys by Phoenix Magazine.

Arja Handles Every Client Directly. She is Your Partner, Not Just a Lawyer.  Contact Arja today.

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Licensed for 14 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Shah Law Firm, PLLC
2 N Central Ave
Suite 1926
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  78 customer reviews
Posted by Amanda | April 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable, Supportive, and Professional
I was so lucky to find Arja Shah and have her take my case. I was completely stressed out. Her confidence and support through the process was so appreciated. Thank you!
Posted by Roy B. | April 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly Thankful for Arja!
First off, I would like to say that after a bad experience with another attorney who almost completely botched my case, Arja came in as a super hero! I explained the entire situation and where the other firm failed, she picked up the reigns and crushed it. Not only did she find discrepancies in the charges, she was able to get the entire case dismissed! I owe her my life.... Don't make the mistake I did thinking that another attorney "could" do better... Hire Arja!
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Posted by Adam | April 12, 2021
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Got my case dismissed
I and Arja had worked with me and my case, from out of state and was able to get my case dismissed. I am very pleased with her professionalism and capabilities
Posted by Jorge | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WOW, Arja is Good!!
All I can say is that Arja knows her stuff! Instead of getting the book thrown, she fought back and WON! Something that would have been life changing is now in the past. I am forever grateful!
Posted by Akarsh | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got better outcome than expected
I received a plea deal for an accident related case and it was a shock to me. I was looking at a serious jail time. I decided to switch my lawyers to get a better plea and started to look around. I accidentally got in contact with Arja Shah regarding my case and it was the best thing happened. After couple of discussions, we got Arja onboard and it was one of the best decisions in my life. Arja was always on top of the case. She is very empathetic, honest and straight forward with me regarding the possibility of a better plea. She was very quick to respond on email communications and keep me posted on case updates. She skillfully struck a balance between negotiating a better plea deal and being realistic. Thanks to her knowledge and negotiation skills, after a very long time on this case, I got a better plea than I originally asked for and I am satisfied with the outcome. Thank you Arja. My family and I will always be grateful for your efforts.
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Posted by Barbara M. | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely INCREDIBLE Attorney
A family member was facing a serious DUI charge that would have been devastating to her career and livelihood. It wasn't a malicious crime, she just made a poor decision. She suffers from depression/major anxiety and is on prescription medication. Well because that was in her system, along with a glass of wine at dinner, that was enough for Scottsdale PD to bring charges against her. After the first few minutes of talking with Arja, we could tell right away that she knew EXACTLY what she was talking about and we had tremendous confidence in her ability to fight for us. It was a daunting, and at times a little nerve-wrecking, process dealing with the MVD and the courts but in the end, Arja's expertise proved itself and she was able to get all charges reduced down to a simple traffic citation!!! We can't THANK HER enough!!
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Posted by Kent | September 14, 2020
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The best AZ DUI Lawyer
Arja Shaw and her partners have been fantastic through a very stressful time with a DUI conviction. She was able to get me an extreme to a misdemeanor plea. She and her team are very professional. You can contact her 24hrs a day and will get a response quickly. Lawyers cannot make a promise on what they can do. Arja Shaw I feel cares and works for your best interest. I will recommend her as one of the best DUI attorneys in AZ.
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Posted by Andy | August 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
DUI Kid in Car Class 6 Felony Charges Reduced
I had a child in my car when I was pulled over. I have never been In any sort of trouble with the law. I called a few other attorneyS and they scared the heck out of me. When I called Arja she calmed me down and told me she would try to get me a misdemeanor from the situation. She also said I probably would not have to do any other jail time. We went to court a few times and Arja sent the prosecutor a write up about me and everything I has achieved over the last year. She told them about how I had a great job and all that I was involved in the community. The prosecutor gave us a misdemeanor and I didn't have to do no more jail. I really appreciate everything Arja did and am so grateful I called her.
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Posted by Brandon | August 24, 2020
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Honestly the best and most affordable lawyer in AZ!
Was pulled over for a "suspicion of dui" by Scottsdale PD earlier in the year. After speaking with other firms and seeing the outrageous amounts they wanted to charge for a simple misdemeanor, I found Arja Shah! She broke everything down into plain terms. I don't have a law degree and wouldn't even know where to have begun if it wasn't for her. She answered all my questions, told me what to expect and how she handles everything on my behalf (especially during covid) and was a complete shark when it came to defending me! Yeah, we WON! I absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney that will take the time to explain everything, be the actual attorney that works with you through the entire case AND has the expertise to win.
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Posted by Westin | August 23, 2020
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HELPED ME THROUGH A DRUG DUI
I was in the healthcare profession and pulled over and charged with a drug DUI. I had no clue what was going to happen and started calling several different attorneys. Arja really knew what she was talking about and started to create a defense from the get go of the case. She had me do some things that would help my case and advised me on everything that was to come. I sent her over all my documents and she started to work on everything. The process was a lengthy one where I was on pins and needles, but she called me one morning to say she got my case reduced to a reckless driving! Arja, thank you for everything you did and all your hard work.
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Posted by Kayla Diaz | August 14, 2020
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I cannot imagine trusting anyone else with my legal needs.
I cannot imagine trusting anyone else with my legal needs. Arja is so experienced and knowledgeable of the law and had answers and solutions for all of my questions. Not only that, but because she handles her clients personally, I never felt like I was just handed off to somebody else. Truly a dedicated professional who cares. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you, Arja!
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Posted by Benjamin | August 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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My 5 Star Review
First, Arja was very quick to respond to my distressed calls requesting an attorney for DUI representation, even over a holiday weekend. Throughout the case she was available through text and phone calls to clarify what was happening. Even though things were looking grim for a while she managed to pull off a minor miracle and get my charges dropped to Reckless Driving. I am very thankful for Arja and all of her help.
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Posted by Lindsay P. | August 13, 2020
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Phenomenal Defense Attorney!
I contacted Arja Shah in a desperate time looking for answers for a family member, and I'm so glad I did. Arja has been so phenomenal to work with. She has always gotten back to me immediately even though I had tons of questions. She's professional, no-nonsense, and really helped guide us through the process. With the legal concerns taken care of it meant I could continue to focus on my schooling and not stress as much.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
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Knowledgeable, Precise & Communicative
Thank you Arja, for your impeccable service throughout my case. Aaron in your firm is a gem as well. Very lucky to have found your firm to represent my case. Thank you for accepting my case and guiding me throughout until my case was put to rest. Yours and your firm's communication skills are excellent. I am not too good at posting reviews, but a big THANK YOU to you and your firm.
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Posted by george | August 13, 2020
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DUI Defense While On Holiday
Once I read Arja's reviews, I contacted her immediately after being pulled over for DUI over a holiday weekend. She took my call and spent almost two hours with me over the course of the weekend even though she was out of town with her family. I found Arja to be very easy to speak with and she did not make me feel bad about my mistake. Arja is highly knowledgeable when it comes to DUI charges and also was helpful with handling the DMV side of things. My driver’s license was suspended for less time because of Arja and I was able get just 3 days home detention instead of 30 days jail.
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Posted by Jake | August 12, 2020
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DUI from out of state, Arja is Fantastic!!!
I was visiting Arizona with some buddies of mine and their zero alcohol tolerance is no joke! After a few cocktails I decided to sleep it off in my car because I hadn’t checked into a hotel yet. Officers came up, I explained the situation but that didn’t matter, car was on - yeah it’s hot outside and I wanted the A/C on! Arja was able to prove that I was not driving or “actual physical control” and got the entire dui dismissed! Being that I was out of state, she handled the entire case! I can’t thank her enough! If you need a dui lawyer, call her!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2020
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Hired Arja to Handle My Case
Arja is the most caring attorney you can find out there. I was so nervous that my life was ruined when this happened. Couldn't sleep, was a wreck. I thought I would lose my job, be distanced from my family and everything I had worked so hard for. I searched and spoke to several attorneys that came up first on searches. Several attorneys were rude on the phone and didn’t want to take the time to find out what happened. From the moment I spoke to Arja, I knew I had found the person I would hire. She was extremely knowledgable about the DUI process and you can tell she has been handling these cases for a long time. Throughout the process she was amazing. I didn’t have to go to court as she went for me and she even saved me from having a license suspended by requesting a hearing and winning at the hearing. My DUI ended up being dropped from a dui to a reckless driving so I never had to get an interlock or do any jail time. I was amazed how hard she fought my case and what she achieved. From the time I hired her throughout every step of the process I felt so comfortable. I would hire and recommend Arja to anyone. Seriously look no further.
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Posted by Brandon | August 12, 2020
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INCREDIBLE Defense Attorney!
Arja is an incredible defense attorney and I can't thank her enough! Her professionalism and absolute dedication to my case was more than I could ever expect! I had so many questions and she took the time to answer them in great detail. She put together an incredible defense for my case and WE WON!! I COMPLETELY Recommend Arja Shah.
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Posted by Paul | November 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Arja is by far the best.
Arja helped me with getting my DUI case dismissed. When I got my DUI I was super stressed out and worried. She explained the steps and it made me feel more comforted. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She definitely puts the client first, and is available when you need her. I would recommend her to anyone needing help with a case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2018
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Felony Assault Case Dismissed
Arja was on top of my case from the time we initially spoke on the phone. My wife called Arja as soon as I was arrested and we met at her office downtown (she was willing to meet me elsewhere as well). My case lasted a long time because the the State took a long time but Arja was always available. She wrote deviations, negotiated with the prosecutor repeatedly and put in a lot of work on my behalf. We are grateful to have made the call.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • AZ DUI Team Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Criminal Defense Attorney at Shah Law Firm, P.L.L.C
  • 2014 - Present
  • Insructor
  • DUI Seminar Instructor at Arizona Public Defender's Association
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Senior Associate of Vehicular Division at Maricopa County
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Trainer
  • DUI Defense Trainer at Maricopa County
  • 2008 - 2013
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Education

  • APDA
  • Law
  • 2013
  • APDA Issues in Vehicular Homicide Cases
  • Law
  • 2012
  • APDA-Defending Marijuana Metabolite Cases
  • Law
  • 2012
  • APDA - Ethics
  • Law
  • 2012
  • ASU DUI Seminar XXVI
  • Law
  • 2011
  • AACJ 23rd Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired Driver Facing
  • Law
  • 2011
  • Eighth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Law
  • 2010
  • Seventh Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Law
  • 2009
  • Sixth Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Law
  • 2009
  • California Western
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • STATE V A.M.
  • NO JAIL, CHARGES REDUCED
  • STATE V. F.N.
  • CASE DISMISSED
  • 2014–12616CR2014-001
  • REDUCED TO A MISDEMEANOR
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Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2009
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Gujarati
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Best DUI Lawyers in Phoenix
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer Top 100
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Attorneys
  • Phoenix Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers- DUI
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Avvo client's choice award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • MCDUI Rising Star
  • Maricopa County Rising Star DUI Attorney
  • 2014
  • 2015 Southwest Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Issues in DUI cases
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (7)
Endorse Arja
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is knowledgable as well as up to date on the latest case law. She is one of the very few attorneys I would recommend to family or friends."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Arja is extremely professional and very knowledgeable in criminal law. I have observed her on numerous occasions fighting for her clients in court. She is well respected in the defense community and I would not hesitate to call her if I ever needed criminal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked against Arja during my time as a prosecutor. Don't be fooled by her cuteness - I can personally attest to her toughness. She is a knowledgeable, honest, and hard-working attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Shah without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Arja is a well respected attorney and is known for fighting for her clients every step of the way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Ms. Shah for years. She is a creative and intelligent attorney who cares about her clients. She has extensive experience in DUI cases and criminal defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Arja is an experienced, knowledgable, trustworthy DUI lawyer with years of trial experience defending those charged with aggravated DUI and assault in Maricopa County."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Shah is professional and diligent. Always works hard for her clients and gets great results. She is passionate and knowledgeable in her area of practice. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ms. Shah for several years and have had the opportunity to see her in court many times. I have been impressed with her courtroom abilities and her effective advocacy on behalf of her clients. I endorse this lawyer to anyone needing legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Ms. Shah for a number of years. She is a dedicated attorney who obtains great results for her clients. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a criminal defense or DUI defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Arja is extremely dedicated to her clients. She fights for their rights and does not give up. Her experience in this area of law is a huge asset to any client. I highly recommend Ms. Shah."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Ms. Shah in court many times over the last several years and I am always impressed with her court room abilities. She is a master of the facts and the law. Her clients are very fortunate to have her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mrs. Shah on a number of legal matters, and together we have given our clients fantastic results. Ms. Shah does very well arguing in front of a judge and jury, and is a strong advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Arja is a fantastic lawyer and deft negotiator. She's handled hundreds of difficult felony DUI cases. She has professional working relationships with prosecutors and can help clients obtain excellent results. She is not afraid to to try difficult cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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