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Bretton Hollis Barber

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   50 reviews

also known as Barber Law Group, Barber Law Group, PLLC


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About Bretton

Learn Bretton’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Mr. Barber has years of experience fighting for those charged with misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. He represents clients at all stages, from the arraignment to appeals.

    12 years, 480 cases

  2. Expungement
    25%
    Mr. Barber is passionate about helping people set aside their convictions. He knows how to get it done the first time around, including restoring rights.

    12 years, 200 cases

  3. Licensing
    25%
    Anytime you are facing a licensing board in Arizona, from the Board of Nursing to the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, always contact an attorney first BEFORE you answer any of the board's questions.

    12 years, 50 cases

The Barber Law Group, PLLC, is a law firm in downtown Phoenix that serves all of Arizona. We focus on criminal law representing people facing all criminal charges (both felony and misdemeanor) throughout the state. Uniquely we also have focused on expungement law. In Arizona this is known as setting aside a conviction and restoring civil rights. You can check us out at or follow us on facebook at .

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Licensed for 10 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/21/2022

Contact Bretton

Barber Law Group, PLLC
2 N Central Ave, STE 1800
Renaissance Square Tower One
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyle | January 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We won
Bretton is a phenomenal and highly recommended attorney. He did what dozens of others said was not a reality. He is genuine in his works and provides results. I won my case because of this law firm. Thank goodness someone fights for the good guys that get wrapped up in unfortunate situations. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Jurist and Very Understanding Person
I retained Attorney Barber's services to assist me with a good-cause exception for a fingerprint clearance card through the AZ Board of Fingerprinting. While I was ultimately denied a good-cause exception, it was not for lack of effort or legal skills of Mr. Barber. He took time to get to know me and understand the complexities of my case. He represented me in filing the initial paperwork to the Board, representing me at the administrative hearing, and filing a reply to the Administrative Law Judge's recommendation. At each stage of the process, Bretton was willing to help and put forth a really good effort to try to get my good-cause exception approved. Unfortunately, I believe Mr. Barber was correct in his assessment of the law as it applied to my case in that the Board should have granted my petition, but we don't live in a perfect world. I think my experience may signal the need for the legislature to take a closer look at which misdemeanor offenses should even be included on the statutory denial list and draft legislation that is fair to petitioners so simple misdemeanors cannot be grounds for denial in the first place. Based on my experience with Bretton Barber, I would not hesitate to recommend him to individuals facing situations that require good-cause exceptions or any other matters related to fingerprint clearance cards. Thank you for your representation, Bretton!
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Posted by Brandon | February 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony Set Aside and 2nd amendment restoration.
I was looking to have my Aggrivated Assault Felony set aside as well as have my 2nd Amendment rights restored from a charge that I had in 2003. I was finding it difficult to find good employment and I was also not able to protect my family and myself by being able to use my right to bear arms. I hired Mr. Bretton Barber to see what he could do to help me and from the beginning he took a genuine interest in helping me. He informed me on what I needed to take care of and what all he needed me to submit and I did as he said and very quickly I received a call back saying that the court had agreed to have my felony set aside and my gun rights restored. I was impressed with the way that Mr. Barber was my point of contact the whole time and never had me talk to an assistant or anyone else. I recall many times when I would email him with a question Ns no matter what day of the week even on weekends, he would personally answer me back. I would highly recommend using Mr. Barber for any of your legal needs that he can help with. Thank you so much for helping me get my life back. Brandon
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Posted by Sarah | September 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney at criminal defense.
Bretton Barber is not only an intelligent- experienced attorney, but he is passionate about his work. He truly cares about the outcome of his client's cases. My personal situation was a DUI that I received in my early 20's, which turned into a felony. Bretton went above and beyond to make sure I was fully prepared to present my case to the courts. He walked me through every step of the way and wrote an amazing motion to the courts with respect to my life and the changes I have made. He has truly changed my life, because the courts granted my set aside. His patience, knowledge, and natural love for human rights is beyond reproach. I highly recommend Bretton as your future attorney.
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Posted by Cassandra | June 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Experience
Words could not even begin to express the credibility and professionalism this firm holds. I have been waiting for years to get my fingerprint clearance card because of being so scared of getting denied. Barber Law made it 100% about helping me and keeping my fears at bay. Mr. Bretton shows excellent service with always keeping on top of things and replying back asap. Thank you Bretton.
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Posted by Spencer | June 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXTRAORDINARY
Because of the "Barber Law Group" I was able to get my fingerprint card and follow my dream and goal of becoming a Paramedic. Bretton was meticulous and informative through out my entire process. My future is bright and with a path because of Bretton and the " Barber Law Group". If you are considering or in need of representation, look no further than this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Your principles and value are what we all hope all Lawyers would be
Bretton Barber knowledge and integrity on handling my case. What a true class A act. Your principles and value are what we all hope all Lawyers would be.. Thank you for taking care of my case you have changed my life.
Posted by Kristina | March 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
Bretton Barber met all of my expectations! I highly recommend him to anyone needing help. I received a denial letter for my finger print clearance card and he was able to have that card in my mailbox only weeks later. He completed everything for me and we were able to communicate all through email. He has excellent communication skills and I never had a problem or issue contacting him. He always responded to my questions and concerns within minutes. Thanks again for your excellent work and if anyone needs any help with the law, he is your guy!!!
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Posted by D*** | February 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Bretton is the Attorney you need!
Where do I even start? Anybody looking to expunge, set-aside, or even just a criminal defense lawyer, I would highly recommend Bretton. I came to him in March 2017 for help with expunging or setting-aside an old case from 17 years ago. Bretton took the time to go over everything with me, what my options were, and then filed the motion. Flash forward 3 months later --> The motion was denied, that was the first attempt. Bretton filed another motion shortly after and that motion was once again denied! Now its September 2017, Bretton goes and files another motion, this time he even goes to clerk and makes sure that it is properly reviewed. Months go by, no reply. Bretton calls the Judges admin, she puts the case on the Judges desk for review, and what do you know! This time the case was fully expunged, deleted, GONE. Forever. Not just set-aside but fully expunged. This guy knows what he is doing. I can't say enough about this guy and what he has done for me. If you need an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy!
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Posted by Andi | July 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect!
Bretton was clear, concise, pleasant, and persistent when working to get my husband's rights restored. I would recommend to anyone, with gusto. Thank you, Bretton!
Posted by Robert | July 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would recommend Brent Barber to anyone.
I was felling optimistic about my clearance card and ready to give up. But Mr. Barber was confident and able to get the job done. Thank you for all you have done.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Restoring gun rights/civil rights
I had four felony case from over ten years ago. Everyone told me I would not get my rights restored. I contacted Bretton. He gathered the information and put together a compelling case that went before a very conservative judge. Bretton was able to get my convictions set aside and my gun rights restored. I now can go hunting again with my family. He is extremely compident and worth every dollar. Would 100% recommend and use again.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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Fingerprint Clearance Card
If you are looking to retain a knowledgeable, responsive, and caring attorney to represent you in obtaining a finger print clearance card in Arizona, look no further! Bretton Barber explained the process, represented me in my quest to have a denial overturned, submitted my Good Cause Exception application, and restored my ability to obtain my Level I Fingerprint clearance card in less than a month. I can't tell you how much I appreciated his non-judgmental approach, his ability to listen and quickly submit my case with favorable results so I can move forward in my career. I wholeheartedly support this reputable attorney!
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Posted by Beatriz | January 27, 2017
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Extremely satisfied client
While it may not be pleasant to have to look for an attorney, Bretton is one of the best in Arizona. Last year my husband needed to hire an attorney for a problem he had several years ago. This was a challenge because we were living in New Mexico and the court was in Arizona. I contacted Bretton because a friend of us recommended him. From the first time I talked to him he was very friendly and professional. He offered to do all the work and go to all the courts; we didn’t have to appear once in court, which saved us money. We actually never met Bretton in person everything was done through phone or email. His fees were always very reasonable and he kept us always informed of the situation. After the court made a decision on my husband’s case, we realized he got the best deal out of his situation. I would strongly recommend Bretton to anyone who is in need of an attorney. Like I mention before he is affordable, professional, and he has strong analytical and advocacy skills. He fully understands his clients’ objectives and advocates for them.
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Posted by Dan | January 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I worked with Breton to obtain my fingerprint clearance card. He was completely thorough and walked me through all the steps. I was given my card within 2 weeks. I attribute this to his guidance and knowledge of assisting me in completing the application. Thank you Brett!!
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent communication, highly accountable
After reading several reviews, I decided to hire Bretton to assist me with my fingerprint clearance card application. Bretton returned my calls and emails promptly, answered all of my questions, explained in detail what he would do and what to expect during the process. Bretton has handled hundreds of these cases and his expertise clearly showed. AAA lawyer, highly recommend.
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Posted by David | October 7, 2016
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Barber is probably the best attorney I have utilized. Efficient, thorough, well prepared and very caring a huge plus
Posted by Kai | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rights Restored. Stop Looking!
I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Barber. Very down to earth, easy to talk too. Prices where reasonable. I hired Mr. Barber when other attorneys would not handle my set aside conviction request. always available to answer questions. Bretton cares about his clients that is evident. Thanks Mr. Barber you helped me so much to get my reputation back!
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Posted by Jefferson Morgan | February 7, 2016
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rights restored
Bretton did just what he said he would do . he was courteous and professional and made me feel at ease not like a criminal . he had my judgement totally set aside this is the first time in 15 years I truly feel free of the state thank you Bretton ,
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond
Bretton Barber is a great attorney. He prepared a great sentencing memorandum that persuaded the judge for a reduced prison sentence. My family and I all agree that he is a wonderful lawyer, we recommended him for your loved one.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.0 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Reprimand and Probation issued in AZ, 2020
updated on 03/10/2021

Reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney-Owner
  • Barber Law Group, PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Faculty Member- College of Criminal Justice and Security
  • University of Phoenix
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Independent Contractor
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Superior Court Of Pima County, Hon. Deborah Bernini
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Public Defender Of Arizona
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States District Court Eastern District Of Michigan
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy
  • 2011
  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • UA
  • Oral Advocacy
  • 2010
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BGS-Bachelor of General Studies
  • 2008
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Legal Cases

  • State v. D.F.
  • All Charges Dismissed on Day of Trial
  • State v. J.R.
  • All Criminal Charges Dismissed
  • State v. S.
  • Pleaded from felony to misdemeanor DUI
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Criminal Justice Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • A Rating
  • BBB
  • 2015
  • Ethical Arizona Certification
  • Ethical Arizona
  • 2015
  • A Rating
  • BBB
  • 2014
  • Ethical Arizona Certification
  • Ethical Arizona
  • 2014
  • College of Law Achievement Scholarship-Full Tuition Scholarship
  • University of Arizona-College of Law
  • 2008
  • Scholar Recognition Award-Full Tuition Scholarship
  • University of Michigan
  • 2004
  • Wendy Joyrich Award
  • ACLU of Michigan
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Bretton's Criminal Defense Blog
  • Blog
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (48)
Endorse Bretton
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Bretton was a zealous advocate for his clients and never backed down when faced with opposition to make sure that his client's rights were not trampled on. A true advocate for those facing criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bretton. I had the pleasure of sharing office space with Bretton for a long period of time and can personally attest to his professionalism and excellent in Criminal Defense. I would recommend Bretton to anyone seeking a Criminal Defense attorney in Arizona."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Bretton while living in Arizona several years ago. He is an exceptionally intelligent and hard-working attorney that goes above and beyond the call of duty for his clients. I would proudly recommend his services to anybody charged with a criminal matter in the state of Arizona."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bretton is a passionate defender of the rights of the accused, exactly what a criminal defense attorney is supposed to be!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bretton is very knowledgeable and does excellent work for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from his experience, contributions and reviews that Mr. Barber is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bretton Barber. Competent, experienced, and hard working attorney with a proven track record of success."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bretton Barber. He is experienced, talented, and always looks out for the best interest of his clients. A respected member in our legal industry."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bretton Barber. Strong and aggressive advocate for his clients. Dedicated to his profession. A respected member in our field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bretton Barber. Demonstrates excellent knowledge of the law based on his accurate legal answers in the Avvo community. Talented, hard working, and dedicated to his profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bretton Barber. Dedicated, talented, and hard working attorney who aggressively fights to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. He has earned respect from his colleagues within the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Bretton Barber. Dedicated to his clients with a track record of success. Has earned respect from his clients and peers."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Barber does a great job for his clients and has my full endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Pheonix Lawyer Bretton Hollis Barber has really raised the bar when it comes to Criminal Defense. His moral compass is finely tuned and his gloves are firmly bound. Should you find yourself needing a Criminal Defense Attorney in the Maricopa County, Arizona area, contact the Barber Law Group. Whether defending DUI/DWI or drug charges, Bretton will hold the State's feet to the fire."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bretton Barber is a fantastic criminal defense attorney with a great reputation within the AZ legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of Bretton's different posts on AVVO. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. Previously, I used Bretton's knowledge to help me work through an issue with one of my cases. Yet again, he was extremely insightful and helpful with his responses. I gladly endorse Mr. Barber"
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