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Belen Olmedo Guerra

Sex crime Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   39 reviews

also known as M Belen Olmedo Guerra, Maria "Belen" Olmedo Guerra


Licensed for 10 years

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MARIA "BELEN" OLMEDO GUERRA IS AN EXPERIENCED, RELENTLESS AND SUCCESSFUL DEFENDER. CALL BELEN NOW AT 602-428-9025

Belen was recently named “2020 Litigator of the Year” by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers.  Belen has focused her career as a Phoenix criminal defense attorney and was never a prosecutor. She advocates fiercely for her clients and is an excellent negotiator while maintaining her ethical and respectable approach. She collaborates with civil and immigration attorneys, whenever necessary, to develop the best outcome for her clients. Belen also knows how to develop the best defense possible and recruits psychologists, forensic experts, psychiatrists, accident reconstructionists, ballistics experts, fire experts, videographers, toxicologists, criminalists, and many other doctors. She also possesses a Masters in Education with a focus on elementary education, which she used while teaching for 8 years. She has extensive knowledge of special needs, learning disabilities, accommodations, 504 plans and IEPs. This knowledge allows Belen to provide a well-rounded representation to all her clients.

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Licensed for 10 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 06/03/2019

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Belen Law Firm, PLLC
1 North 1st St
Suite 713
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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Belen received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2020
Posted by Zintia | October 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the best!
When I contacted Belen I was distraught. It was a holiday weekend and I submitted my information and she called me on Labor Day! She was so caring and understanding and was ready to fight for my rights. She was able to get my case closed and put this nightmare behind me. I highly recommend Belen and her legal team!
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My favorite lawyer
Belen is how we call her yes it's her first name but her passion for her work makes you feel so secure so confident and it can't be avoided.Belen dmmtook pride in my sons case. She helped him not only in her professionalism but with her faith. She took care of all our worries represented my son putting all her effort. I couldn't have hired a better attorney.
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Posted by Diana and Scott | July 26, 2022
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Thankful and grateful for a positive outcome!
Upon initial contact with Belen we shared our situation and she was able to explain in simple and detailed terms how the legal system works and what the possible outcomes could be. She gave us clear instructions in how best to prepare for the case and what safeguards to take. Being a previous teacher she was able to relate well and explain expectations to our teenager. Belen and her staff worked quickly in providing counseling contacts and requesting all needed documentation. She advised us to allow the system to work while she was in touch with the proper legal authorities. She was in constant contact with the detective and was able to present beneficial information regarding our teenagers hard work and positive progress in the right direction. Through Belen's empathy and communication with teens, he was able to pursue positive career and academic choices. After months of Belen's hard work, the case was closed and no charges were filed. We are forever grateful for the second chance that our teenager was given.
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Posted by Amy | August 24, 2021
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Excellent attorney
I highly recommend Belen. She and her co-workers helped me tremendously! She literally changed my life, without her I’m not sure what I would have done. She came through for me. She seemed to genuinely care too, very personable. Her staff is amazing, hard working and friendly. I called late at night, luckily there is always someone answering the phones, day and night. Belen is a wonderful attorney. Don’t hesitate any further, you should hire her.
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Posted by Myra | April 26, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You want a honest good defense she is it!!
I had a lawyer wanting to get money out of me and my family that lawyer insisted that she had to represent us for immigration and criminal law her story didn't add up. I wanted a second opinion I called Belen's office her secretary was VERY kind and Profesional I had a swift response from Belen within that same day-2 days she was committed to helping I was able to get so much information she did a free consultation and did the best job ever!! I will forever be grateful I spoke to a honest person that didn't try to just take money and offer no solutions like others have so.. thank you very much for all that you did for us!!
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Posted by Joe | January 26, 2021
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Belen fought for and achieved the best possible outcome for our family in our case. Her knowledge and experience was clearly advantageous.
Posted by Ytzel | December 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!
Belen was amazing from the moment we met her. No sugar coating. Honest and professional! Always made sure we completely understood the process. Couldn't have chosen a better lawyer! Thank you Belen. We will always be grateful for your hard work.
Posted by Amie | November 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Decision
Writing this review is hard for me. Thinking about my son's case brings to mind alot of tough memories and emotions with it. I hired her for my 16 yr old son who was facing being charged as an adult for very serious charges that included prison time. But thanks to Belen the case never even got that far. It started when The police went to his school, put my son in handcuffs, and took him downtown to question him, take DNA, fingerprints ect all without my knowledge. I had no idea what was going on. My son told them he will remain silent and wants his lawyer. Then let him go home. That's when I called Belen. Immediately upon meeting her she eased alot of our anxiety. She was compasionate, understanding, yet firm, straight forward, smart, tough lawyer, honest with what we were facing, she had an action plan and explained every step to us. We never felt rushed although she was extremely busy, She held my hand when I broke down crying. She truly, truly cares about children and her clients, I could feel it, see it in her eyes and when she talked to my son she put him at ease and let him know what to expect and that she would be there every step of the way. And she was! Literally. The detective on the case called Belen and told her they have a warrant for his arrest. Which Belen uncovered was in fact not true. They did not yet have a warrant. She advised us to self surrender him, which for a mom is heartwrenching to say the least but I trusted her 100%. She walked with us to the police station. She Stayed by his side and protected him. She made sure the detective taking him knew they better take care of him and respect his rights. And that he has a good lawyer behind him. Believe me she does not take any BS from anyone. They took him to the juvinile detention center on Durango to book him and press charges. They said he was gonna have 7 charges then dropped it to 3. I got a call the next morning from the center saying I can go get my son because they are waiting to press the charges due to waiting for more evidence to come back so we just sit and wait until that happens. A couple months went by and then we got the call from Belen. My heart sank. But she immediately said don't worry it's not bad news. She said they will not be filing any charges. Zero. My nightmare suddenly ended. I clearly had the best outcome possible. She changed my life dramatically. She saved my son. Not many people have touched me so deeply but Belen will always have a special place in my heart and I can't say enough about her. I want other parents to read this and know she is the right choice, everyone told me to just wait until they press charges and take a court appointed lawyer. But if you have a choice, know there is someone who will not only defend your child but she will do it with passion love in her heart. I chose her because I read other great reviews and her profile says she was a teacher and is familar with IEP's and I felt in my gut my she was who I needed. I called and she answered her phone herself. She was busy but still took the time to talk to me and set an appointment. Worth every penny. I honestly think she does not charge enough money for what she does...So Yes, she was the BEST decision I ever made. Thank you again Belen.
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Posted by Gary | November 25, 2020
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Finding justice in Phoenix.
My 26 year old son was in Phoenix attending a drug rehabilitation program. After he was transferred to a sober living center , he was out one evening on a friend’s scooter when he dropped his phone. It was dark and a couple was at the intersection traffic light. My son thought he would have them call his phone to find it. Upon approach the male stepped behind my son on the scooter and stabbed him three times . My son thought he had just been hitting him and escaped on the scooter, only to collapse in the street a few blocks away. He was taken to the hospital and lost a kidney and collapsed a lung, plus other punctures. He was arrested and put in jail’s intensive care. The couple filed assault and robbery charges against my son. I called three lawyers before talking with Ms. Guerra. After talking with her, I left it with her to handle. My son was released and returned home to face a mountain of charges in three counties in Oklahoma, associated with his addiction. Ms. Guerra kept me informed and asked for information about my son and his treatment. Ms. Guerra was extremely patient with my son. It took us three Zoom meetings to get him to talk with her. Shortly after the meeting, she confirmed that she case was dismissed. It took eight months and a reasonable fee for a turnaround of unjust charges . I am extremely pleased with her assistance and results. Her staff always kept me in touch and were pleasant and helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2020
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Belen law firm was a great decision
She did excellent on my case and was very helpful and made everything understandable thanks for all the great work
Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra November 24, 2020
It was a pleasure working with you!
Posted by Judy | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Complicated Case
Ms. Belen was able to make sense of a case which confounded three attorneys before her. The outcome of our case was better than we could have hoped and we can now get on with our lives. She is a powerhouse in the courtroom.
Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra November 13, 2020
So glad we were able to get a good result! Thank you, Judy!
Posted by Frances | November 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Belen is awesome my son is a minor and was charged as a adult. Belen was able to get my son no jail time and just probation. I recommend Belen 100%.
Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra November 13, 2020
Thank you, Frances! It was a pleasure working with you both.
Posted by Greg | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism at its finest
An absolute warrior in the court of law. If you are looking for an attorney who will communicate REAL information, effectively, and in a timely manner, Belen is your woman. I couldn't have chosen a better attorney to represent my case, I knew she was the right attorney from our first conversation. Not only did she get the best possible outcome, Belen is a pleasure to work with. I am a straight shooter, and appreciate her honesty I received from the beginning. I live out of state and she was able to settle my case without an appearance! Incredible, Any time you are charged with a crime, wondering about the outcome, the "unknown", is an emotional roller coaster. Belen's hard work, knowledge of the system, and diversified with her contacts in the industry, never left the result hanging in the balance. She is an amazing attorney and i strongly recommend her.
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Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra October 9, 2020
Greg, I'm very happy with our results! It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by Jessica | September 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service was provided !!
I highly recommend belen if you’re in need of representation, she was always on time and made sure everything was completely understood, she made us feel comfortable with everything that was going on and would always listen to our concerns, and most importantly she made sure to have our case as a priority at all times! I highly recommend her
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Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra September 20, 2020
Thank you very much! I'm happy we were able to get such a great result!
Posted by Kala | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Miracle worker- charge dismissed
I don’t even know where to start with how amazing Belen is!! In February, I had a criminal damage charge for a broken glass and I felt very wrongly charged, arrested and defeated. My abusive ex husband who was trying immigrate to the states was trying to use the case against me for immigration purposes. Belen made sure that the prosecutors knew every detail of the case and worked so hard from the first day until today. My whole teaching career was on the line over this charge that I shouldn’t have had. Despite the court date delays with the pandemic, Belen was able to get the charge dismissed ASAP. She genuinely cares about her clients and worked with me through out this time! Please use her for your needs, she will make sure that your case is taken care of.
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Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra September 6, 2020
Thank you, Kala! It was a pleasure getting this case dismissed for you!
Posted by Leticia | July 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Five Star Rating!
After doing lots of research for a good attorney, I came across Belen and from the start she was what I was looking for, straight to the point and dosen't mess around. I decided to hire her as an attorney and was very pleased with the outcome.
Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra July 24, 2020
Thank you so much, Leticia! it was a pleasure working with you and your family.
Posted by Damion | June 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond the call of duty
She is the most amazing woman, and wonderful person. I was super pleased with the way Belen handled my cases, yes cases. She goes above and beyond for her clients, she’s well worth the money. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about her, if your ever in need of a good lawyer, and you want a lawyer that cares, Belen is the lawyer you need. Belen law is the best, because they care, and they take the time to make you and your cases a priority.
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Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra July 12, 2020
Damion, I'm very pleased with our results! Pleasure working with you!
Posted by Rolando | June 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work ethics
Belen was perfect in representing me and my case with my violent background I could have been looking at a lot of time but for the past two years I've changed my life for the better and she represented that I would definitely recommend her Law Firm to my friends and family with no hesitation thank you very much Belen.
Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra June 29, 2020
Rolando, Thank you for your positive feedback! I'm extremely happy with our results in your case! Pleasure working with you. Belen
Posted by Paul | June 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Order of protection and charges of assault
I was accused of assault and had an order of protection placed on me. I am a physician, so this could have had a significant career impact for me. I hired Belen because of her excellent reviews, and since she is a woman from a minority background - just like my accuser. Belen was on top of the game from the first second. She got the case closed before it even went to the attorney general. For the order of protection, she got it dismissed by destroying my accuser during the court hearing. Belen is worth every cent!
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Response from Belen Olmedo Guerra June 29, 2020
So thrilled with the results in both the criminal accusations and the order of protection! Belen
Posted by Christina | December 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Order of Protection services
Belén was amazing!!! She made herself available at anytime during the day miring or evening. She walked me through every step of the way and never allowed me to feel unsure or unprepared for my case. She worked countless hours to help ensure that my case and my trial we were prepared for. It was an emotional journey and because of her dedication and the care she has for her clients it helped give me so much peace of mind! Due to her amazing work and dedication my trial was successful and she has provided me a great amount of peace in my personal life allowing me to move forward!! I am so thankful for all of her services!!!! She is truly an amazing attorney and gave me hope in our legal system.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Belen Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • DM Cantor
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Associate Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Suzuki Law Offices
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Research Intern in Research Unit
  • Amnesty International USA Headquarters New York
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Extern
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal volunteer
  • Elim House- Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Counselor Advocate
  • Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • Phoenix School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Phoenix
  • MA - Masters
  • 2003
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Homicide- Pre- Charge
  • Achieved no charges for my client
  • First Degree Homicide-Vehicular
  • Settled case for significant less time
  • Sex Crime- Sexual Conduct with a Minor
  • Client is out of custody. Got hung jury and then settled case for 5 years with time served.

Associations

  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association (Maricopa chapter)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • City of Tuscon Community Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Board
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Litigator of the Year 2020
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Choice Award
  • Lawyers.com
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Teacher of the Year
  • PIMA County Environmental Office
  • 2004
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Public Defender's Association Annual Conference
  • Jurisdictional Issues: Native American Clients
  • 2016
  • The Importance of Mitigation in Criminal Defense
  • Attorney Training
  • 2015
  • Rotary International Club- Minnesota
  • My Life
  • 2015
  • Latina Mentoring Program
  • Latina Mentoring Program- Mentored Law Student #2
  • 2014
  • Latina Mentoring Program
  • Latina Mentoring Program- Mentored Law Student 1
  • 2014
  • How to Pass the Arizona Bar
  • How to Pass the Arizona Bar
  • 2014
  • Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • Know Your Rights Presentations
  • 2010
  • Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Classes and Support Groups
  • 2001
  • Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Classes and Support Groups
  • 2000
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Presentations
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Presentations
  • 1999
  • Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Classes and Support Groups
  • 1999
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Presentations
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention Presentations
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Belen has handled many high-profile and complex criminal cases, including one involving a good friend of mine. She is diligent, responsive, and has a wealth of knowledge in her area. Because of her extensive experience in the criminal courts, she has a great working relationship with the various judges and prosecutors. I highly recommend Belen for all of your criminal-law needs!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Belen is an exceptional attorney with superior knowledge in her practice area, Criminal Defense. She handles cases with skill, confidence, and the right amount of emotional support for her clients who are going through a difficult time. She remains unflappable in the face of adversity and always knows the right thing to say and do. What sets her apart is her kind and gentle nature. But, do not let that fool you, she is tenacious and will fight hard for her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone who might require her services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Belen is supremely knowledgeable and experienced in area of criminal law. I have seen her work ethic and expertise up close and have seen the care she puts into each case. She is someone who can be trusted to guide others through the process of a criminal case and strongly advocate for them to attempt to get the best resolution possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Belen since law school. She has always shown herself to be a thoughtful, caring, and extremely intelligent individual. I am not surprised to see the success she is having as an attorney and would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone in need of a good criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. She is tenacious, bright, and confident in the courtroom. She is a lawyer who loves the law, and her research and writing ability Is outstanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Belen handles the toughest of cases with professionalism, competence and force. I enthusiastically endorse Belen as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the State of Arizona."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If I needed a criminal defense lawyer I would hire Ms. Olmedo Guerra on the spot. Ms. Olmeda Guerra is a fierce trial lawyers whose courtroom skills are rivaled only by her litigation chops. I have seen her trial work, read her legal writing and marveled at her people skills. Ms. Olmeda Guerra is the complete package."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sought direction form Belen in the past for client's of mine and her advice has been spot on!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Belen and I were co-counsel on a drug possession case, which went to trial. It was a pleasure watching Belen in trial advocating for our client. Belen provides excellent representation. Belen was also a coworker for three years and was always willing to provide advice on different legal issues. Belen is a fierce and passionate lawyer and it shows in court. Belen is not afraid to speak up for her clients when it matters. I highly recommend Belen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Belen is a zealous advocate who cares deeply about her clients. She has the experience to handle any legal matter. I strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being a great attorney who cares about her clients, Belen is an experienced and highly respected lawyer in the legal community. I highly recommend and endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Belen is a passionate advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Belen Olmedo is a superb attorney! I have known Belen for many years, and can vouch for her extensive background in the criminal defense field both in the public and private sectors. Simply put, she knows her stuff and works very hard for her clients!"
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