Free Consultation Former Prosecutor. Certified Criminal law Specialist. 25 years experience.Certified Criminal Law Specialist. Former Prosecutor. 25 Years Experience. Free ConsultationFormer Prosecutor. Certified Criminal Law Specialist. 25 years experience. Free consultationFormer Prosecutor. 20 plus years handling serious sex and computer crimes. Criminal Law SpecialistCharged or under investigation? Contact Mr. Gillespie for a Free consultation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Az Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist||State Bar of Arizona||2011|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2009|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2007|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2005|
|Barrister Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy||City of Phoenix||1994|
|Former Prosecutor||Arizona County and City Courts||1990 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Arizona||Member||N/A|
|Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State v. K A||Jury Aquittal|
|State v. T R||Dismissal|
|State v. G V||Dismissal|
|See all legal cases|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in Arizona||N/A|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Arizona State University||Justice Studies||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|
|First Domestic Violence Case||Speaker Defending a Arizona Domestic Violence Case||2011|
|Strategies in Defending DUI Cases in Arizona||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2010|
|Strategies in Defending DUI and DWI Cases||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2009|
|Strategies in Defending DUI and DWI Cases in Arizona||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2008|
|Strategies in Handling DUI and DWI Cases||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2007|
|Arizona DUI Traffic Practices||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2006|
|Traffic Law Practices in Arizona||Program Chair Continuing Legal Education Seminar for Az Lawyers||2004|
Posted by anonymous
As anyone will say, dealing with a DUI is a huge burden and is very tough to deal with and I am glad I had Craig representing me. During the 6 month period between the first phone call I made to Craig to the evidentiary hearing, I was kept well informed. They were very knowledgeable, helpful, kind, upfront, honest and very timely with any questions I had. All possibilities were laid out in front of me, nothing was hidden. They were very hopeful yet very realistic with me and always explained what could/would happen. They walked me through all the steps, one at a time. I would recommend the Gillespie Law Firm to anyone needing help, particularly in the area of a DUI or DWI.
BAC. level of .133 and the case was dismissed
Posted by Louis
As a retired N.Y.P.D. Detective it was very hard for me to find an attorney that I can trust. I asked the ASU director for a good Attorney that was very knowledgable . Someone that she can deal with. This is how I met Mr. Gillespie. Great results! The second time unfortunately was when my son was arrested for D.u.I. . I would of wrote a check for any amount. Mr. Gillespie advised us to save our money and plea bargain. Legal aid said this was very good honest advice, another attorney would of taken us to the cleaners with the same results.
Posted by anonymous
I had a criminal case filed against me. Another lawyer, a friend of the family, had tried to help but really caused some serious issues for me. After asking friends and reviewing many attorneys on the internet, I felt Craig would be the best suited to help me. I was right!!! After I explained everything that happened to Craig, he contact the other lawyer, got all the facts together. Then he explained my options to me and how some of the things the lawyer said were going to cause an issue for this case. He was sure I clearly understood all of the options facing me. I was scared and handling this alone. He was always there when I needed to talk with someone, and this reassured me and reduced my anxiety, which was pretty high. His calm demeanor also helped keep me focused and steady.
It was a long a protracted process but Craig was always prepared, organized and calm which made me feel I had someone who was looking out for me. When we finally had a hearing and he questioned the person who was creating this lawsuit, he very calmly, deliberately and with the ability of a master tactician he was able to ask questions and get responses from that person which completely contradicted much of what was said in the complaint. The judge was clearly aware of the assertions and certainly noticed through Craig's deliberate series of qestions the lack of complete truthfulness of the person.
The case ended with the best possible outcome for me. If I ever needed an attorney again, which I hope I do not, I would certainly use Craig. I recommend him to anyone needing a great deal of help and support through trying times.
Posted by Greg
I read though as many review's as I could, I liked Craig's reviews and really liked the fact that he was a Prosecutor for 5 yrs in the beginning of his Career. Just like any firm, after you hire them you deal with their hired on assistance/attorney. At first I didn't care for that, but by the end, I wouldn't have had it any other way, Dave Roscoe is a very intelligent attorney and on his A game at all times. He conducted great interviews(recorded, then transcribed ) with all the police involved. This had the cops stumbling all over themselves on the stand when Craig got ahold of them at trial(with Transcript in hand). Craig has a very laid back and calmness about him that made the jury feel at ease and actually take the time to listen to him. He makes sure the jury sees you as an innocent person, not somebody that's guilty just because you are sitting in the defendants chair. He is also a very good juror selector which is critical. He studies each candidate in the selection process and makes good decisions in the tough final picks. He never made any promises as to the outcome , seemed to give his very honest opinion. All in all I had a very good experience with this firm and had an amazing outcome at the trial (Not Guilty) that I would never had if not for hiring Craig. Would def recommend.
Posted by Joshua
Mr. Craig Gillespie and his firm literally saved my life. Felony indictment that left my world spinning. I proclaimed my innocence from day one, as an attorney Mr. Gillespie was there to support my decision making through every stage of the process. I was told to plea by prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges across the county of Maricopa, and stood fast. I expected some push back from my counsel for being so disinterested in a deal, but Gillespie acted with a sense professionalism that outshone even some seated justices. He maintained my innocence at every possible step and elevated my defense past his own self concern for conduct in order to protect my rights from those who wished to take them from me. I insistently recommend Craig Gillespie to anyone who has been brought before the state of Arizona for any matter that could change the course of your or your family's lives. Craig Gillespie not only secured my full acquittal on the indictment, he installed a sense of pride towards those who stand for justice in the face of adversity. He worked with my family and myself to facilitate a level of understanding about the legal system that allowed me to better come to terms with the mechanics of justice, which I will be forever grateful for.
Posted by Georganne
Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience working with Craig Gillespie. In early 2012, I confessed to my employer that I had been embezzling money to support an out of control gambling addiction. Having never broken any laws before and being completely in the dark with how the legal process works, I was beyond scared. I researched attorneys on line and wanted to make sure I had an attorney who had a strong Avvo rating. I called Mr. Gillespie's office and was pleased that I was able to meet with Craig Gillespie that afternoon. Mr. Gillespie listened carefully and took notes. He calmly explained the situation I was facing and did not sugar coat the seriousness of my crime. I felt comfortable with Craig and hired him as my legal counselor. It was by far the best decision I have ever made! What surprised me about the AZ legal system is the long length of time it takes for cases to reach a conclusion. It was 2 years and 7 months later before I was arrested. I was grateful that Craig Gillespie was still there by my side. The charges were serious. I was facing (2) Level 2 Felonies. The prosecution was pursuing 6-9 years in prison. Due to AZ Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Guidelines, I was aware that the minimum sentence I could receive included at least 1 year incarceration. Craig Gillespie went to work to help me submit an extensive mitigation package. He worked with my counselors and support group to learn more about my mental history and he took over the legal proceedings so I could focus on my recovery. He truly seemed to care about my situation and what led me to cross the line into criminal behavior. I was grateful to have Craig by my side during the many hearings in front of the Judge. He was extremely professional, a great orator and clearly had a strategy in place for my defense and mitigation. Craig Gillespie skillfully negotiated a plea deal which I accepted for 1-4 years. While this was still frightening to me, it was a much better offer than the original 6-9 years. In the end, I was sentenced to 1.25 years in prison by a thoughtful judge who understood the power of addiction and who was clearly impressed by the mitigation case that Mr. Gillespie submitted. Due to an early release for good behavior, I served 7 1/2 months. In my view, Craig Gillespie saved my life and I am eternally grateful.
Posted by anonymous
In 2013 I was charged with a felony domestic violence offense. The charge I felt was unwarranted and I wanted to fight to get it dismissed. I consulted with a few criminal defense attorneys before selecting Craig to represent me. Most of the lawyers told me it would be unlikely to get the the case dismissed but possible to plead to a lessor charge. However, I did not want a plead... I wanted a dismissal.
Craig was one of the only lawyers willing to support me in this decision, knowing the difficulties and possible outcome. I selected him to represent me based his support, experience and affordability. Other lawyers wanted more money to take my case and did not want to fight for me as I felt Craig would.
Craig's support along with his expertise in dealing with the courts and prosecutors handling got my case transfer to another court and reviewed by a new prosecutor which eventually allowed me to enter a diversion program. My participation in the diversion program got my case dismissed, instead of pleading guilty to a lessor offense. Ultimately a better outcome.
I truly appreciate the assistance Craig and his office provided me, they kept me informed along the way and even after months of waiting for dismissal, they never forgot about me or my case. This type of personalized attention and care is hard to find. I would definitely recommend Craig to anyone is a similar situation and needing a lawyer on their side.
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