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Trent R Buckallew

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.8   17 reviews

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About Trent

Learn Trent’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    We handle all criminal cases, including misdemeanors and felonies, assault, domestic violence, drug crimes, probation/parole violations, property crimes, theft/shoplifting, etc.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    We handle all DUI/DWI cases throughout the state of Arizona, including misdemeanor and felony cases.

    24 years

  3. Juvenile law
    We handle all juvenile criminal cases throughout the state of Arizona.

    24 years

Trent Buckallew has over two decades of experience in representing clients in the Phoenix area in all Criminal and DUI matters. If you have been charged with a DUI, Assault, Drug Crime, Domestic Violence, or any other criminal or DUI offense contact Trent Buckallew, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney, at for a free initial consultation. 

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Licensed for 23 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 03/17/2023

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

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Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC
1850 N. Central Ave.
Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ, 85004


4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Alex | September 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent defense
Hiring Trent was money well spent, he was able to get my case resolved with out going to trial with a plea that I was very happy with. His legal assistant Lisa was also super helpful and very punctual when it came to responding to any questions via email or over the phone. I would highly recommend hiring Trent Buckallew as a criminal defense attorney.
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Response from Trent Buckallew October 2, 2018
Thank you for the nice review Alex! The pleasure was ours.
Posted by Mark | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best law firm in the Valley
Recently my daughter was stopped by an aggressive, abusive Pinal Co. deputy who called me while she was in restraints. He tried to ask me leading questions. Eventually he relented, released her, but he told me he would refer this to ADOT/MVD. Several weeks later she received a Medical Review Division referral. She visited her physician who completed the required report. It was mailed before the deadline, however, over two months later, MVD sent her a revocation/suspension because they claimed that they hadn't received the information. To make matters worse we didn't have a copy. Fortunately, Margaret was able to see her physician who apologized for also not having a copy either. He wrote it up again with a cover letter documenting her original June visit. Finally, Trent & Lisa went to work. They e-mailed images of the documents & followed up with MVD to verify receipt. A day later Lisa called to tell us that she had reviewed the medical report with an a MVD/Medical Review representative, & two days after that she contacted them again & they told her that the suspension/revocation was lifted & the reinstatement was also done by telephone . All's well that ends well, but don't try to do any of this by yourself. In times like these, where even Alan Dershowitz fears governmental abuse, you need Trent Buckallew!
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Response from Trent Buckallew September 3, 2018
We appreciate your kind words - always makes our day to get feedback like this from our clients!! So happy we were able to help. Take care.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Mr Buckallew was my husbands attorney, could not have been more pleased with how he handled his case. Mr Buckallew and his staff were extremely helpful always there to answer questions for us. All charges were dismissed. Would highly recommend Mr Buckallew
Response from Trent Buckallew July 11, 2018
Thank you for the kind words. It was a pleasure working with both of you and we wish you all the best!
Posted by Amber | June 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I highly recommend Trent Buckallew
Trent helped with a marriage legal issue and we couldn't have been happier with how fast this was resolved.
Posted by Nina | May 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Trent was amazing, and so was Lisa! A very knowledgeable, great team. I was blessed to have Trent as my attorney in a very complex case. Thanks Trent!
Response from Trent Buckallew June 6, 2018
We appreciate your kinds words Nina! We wish you all the best.
Posted by Christian | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Trent was amazing! Very knowledgeable and he won my case. During a tough time it was good to know someone with his experience and expertise was handling my case. I'm grateful that he was referred to me and that he handled my case. Thank you Trent for all your excellent help!!
Posted by J.D. | October 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job representing my wife
I appreciate your professionalism when representing my wife. It's a scary time and I really trusted you. Thanks again, Js
Posted by Lucas | May 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
in 2009, I retained Trent Buckallew for an alcohol-related case that I was charged with, and was very impressed with his high level of intelligence, expertise and experience. It was a confusing and intimidating situation, but Trent was great with walking me through each step of the court process which resulted in a fair plea. To this day, I continue to consult with Trent for any legal questions I may have, and his knowledge is invaluable. I highly recommend the Law Offices of Trent Buckallew.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probation Violation
Long story how I found myself in a bad situation. I was preparing to face time in jail, fines etc etc (Good ol Gilbert AZ). Trent was like a super hero in how he handled the case, presented evidence and multiple letters; probation was reinstated the day of the PTC....! A true life saver! Thank you so very much
Posted by brian | March 19, 2015
righted a wrong
6 years ago I was in an accident at 6 am in the morning, sideswiped by a truck without any lights on. I had three cocktails the night before and was cited for a dui. 5/12 years after the original ticket the case was dismissed, only to be refiled 4 months later. Trent was referred to me and he has done fantastic work, ultimately resulting in the dismissal of the case on many procedural issues. He only had the case for 3 months but he and his assistant were awesome. I would highly recommend him as he helped me find justice. Thank you.
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Posted by Tim | September 19, 2013
Life Saver
I am very fortunate to be writing this review about Trent Buckallew. In 1992 I was 19 years old, and in Spring Training in Tempe, AZ. for the Seattle Mariners. I was stopped one night and arrested for an alleged DUI. It is 2013, and I had to face these charges from Massachusetts. I searched all over for an AZ. lawyer, and I was not physically, nor emotionally secure with any of the lawyers I spoke with, until Trent. This man had me feeling confident within a matter of minutes. His knowledge on the topic was amazing. I say with the utmost confidence; that his knowledge, and persistence were "hard charging". I served in the Marine Corps, and having someone as special as Trent fighting for your rights, is simply put...HOPE! Thank you Trent, my family and I are extremely happy that we met.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2013
Trent Buckallew is a great lawyer
Mr. Buckallew represented me last year and did a great job. I was looking at 2 counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon 1 count disorderly conduct and leaving the scene of an accident. My first plea was for 3 1/2 years in prison and my public defender was not going to help me at all. So I picked up the phone and had about 12 consultations and the way Mr. Buckallew wanted to handle my case and the way he presented himself blew every other lawyer out of the water. So I hired him to represent me. My case went on for 2 to 3 months and I was never in the dark about what was going on and feel I got the best defense there is. I ended up getting 6 months in county jail and standard probation. Mr. Buckallew did everything he said he was going to do and I could see he actually cares about the well being of his clients. I felt like a horrible person after talking to some of the other lawyers and Mr. Buckallew never made me feel that way. So I just wanted to thank Mr. Buckallew and I would recommend him on any criminal case. He is a great lawyer and good person. Thanks.
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Posted by Stacey | August 3, 2012
Highly recommend
We hired Trent Buckallew to represent our son following a second MIP ticket he received while in college. Mr. Buckallew kept us informed throughout all proceedings and helped us receive the satisfactory outcome of dropped charges in exchange for taking an alcohol awareness class. He was personable, knowledgeable and treated our small case with care and compassion. We would highly recommend him to anyone in need of representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2012
CDL Resolution
I hired Mr. Buckallew to work with an out-of-state attorney in a criminal case that resulted in the loss of my driver's licence. The case was a very unusual one at best and the out-of-state attorney was not professional nor knowledgeable. Mr. Buckallew went above and beyond in both state's statutes to resolve the miscommunication and have my license renewed. He was concerned and was in constant communication with us as to the status of the case. I can recommend Mr. Buckallew with no reservation and will gladly use him if I ever have the need for an attorney in the future.
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Posted by ken | May 2, 2012
criminal/misdimeanor violations in a commercial vehicle
trent handled cases for me on two different occasions involving tickets for seat belt violations in commercial vehicles. very happy with results. all charges dismissed. one case in flagstaff and one case in gilbert court.
Posted by John | April 23, 2012
Great attorney and a good friend
I hired Mr. Buckallew to represent my son on two occasions, a Domestic Violence case out of Apache Junction which was solved to my satisfaction. The second case was a felony domestic violence dangerous weapon which was reduced to a class 1 misdemearnor with 18 months probation. I mentioned that it was a good thing his name started with a B as he was the first attorney I called, turned out to be the best call I made.
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Posted by Aspen | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Contacted them for a free consultation, just as it is advertised on their website. They responded in a timely manner, however when I tried to schedule the consultation they said that it would be $350 for a one hour consultation. I confronted them about how their website says consultations are free and how $350 for one hour seems a bit on the high side as far as lawyer consultation fees go. I have seen a lawyer before and it only cost $200 for a consultation. They did not respond. Their website advertising 'Free Consultation' is misleading, and based on my limited interaction with them, I would not recommend them. They are dishonest, so do you really want them representing you?
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Response from Trent Buckallew May 17, 2018
We thank you for the time you took to provide this feedback. We sincerely apologize for any confusion you may have experienced using our website. To clarify, this firm does offer free consultations on all criminal cases including DUI cases that have current charges pending in any court in the state of Arizona. However, we do not offer free consultations on civil matters or pre-charge matters which include criminal matters that do not have active charges pending in any court. This includes individuals who may be under investigation but not yet charged with any offense. I hope this serves to clarify the firm's policy on free consultations. We pride ourselves in always striving for the utmost client satisfaction in every case and work very hard to ensure each person we come in contact with has a positive experience with this firm. We take any concerns very seriously and immediately reached out to this prospective client to address her concerns offline and to remedy the situation.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Office of the Public Defender - Maricopa County
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Office of the Public Defender - Mohave County
  • 1999 - 2000


  • National University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2004
  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • State v. JW
  • Not Guilty Trial Verdict
  • State v. JL
  • Not Guilty (All Counts)
  • State v. JB
  • Not Guilty (All Counts)
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  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certification in Criminal Law
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Women's Rights
  • Amnesty International
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Arizona Forensic Science Academy - Certificate
  • Arizona Attorney General's Forensic Science Advisory Committe
  • 2011
  • Juvenile Justice Criminal Law
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • 4th Annual APDA Statewide Conference
  • Mental Health Law - Criminal/Civil
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (11)
Endorse Trent
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Trent is an excellent attorney. He is very well respected by judges, prosecutors and court staff. He is a very nice and honest person. Trent gets great results for his clients and he is very detailed in his work. I highly recommend Trent for any criminal law or DUI case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trent is a dedicated, bright defense attorney who cares about his clients. His experience allows him to find creative solutions for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Trent. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and against Trent Buckallew for 15 years and I hold him in the highest esteem. I am very confident that Trent's clients are in the best of hands. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trent is one of the brightest attorneys I know. I have known Trent since about 2002 and we both completed the Arizona Forensic Science Academy in 2011. He is a great guy and an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Trent is an excellent lawyer evident by his professionalism, knowledge and experience in the field, and dedication and responsiveness to his clients. He always makes sure to do everything in his power to achieve the best possible outcome in all of his clients’ cases."
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