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Michael Alarid III

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

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Michael Alarid, III is a preeminent criminal defense attorney in the State of Arizona. His passion for criminal defense started when he was a young child listening to his father's stories about representing his criminal clients in New Mexico. After graduating the University of New Mexico, Mr. Alarid moved to Arizona to attend law school at Arizona State University. While in law school Mr. Alarid won his first felony jury trial in the public defender clinic where he appeared in court as a Rule 38 certified student attorney. At law school graduation, Mr. Alarid received the award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Science of Advocacy from The International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

After graduating from law school at ASU, Mr. Alarid went to work for one of the most distinguished boutique criminal defense firms in Arizona. During that time Mr. Alarid cut his teeth handling complex high-profile cases, including arguing before the Arizona Supreme Court twice within the first five years of his career—an opportunity most lawyers never experience in an entire career. In one of those cases, Mr. Alarid successfully persuaded the Arizona Supreme Court to change the law on marijuana DUIs statewide.

After five years at the boutique law firm, Mr. Alarid joined one of the largest criminal defense firms in Arizona. During his seven years as a trial attorney at the firm, Mr. Alarid continued to handle complex high-profile cases. Mr. Alarid gained invaluable experience handling hundreds of criminal cases of all types, taking dozens of cases, both misdemeanor and felony, to verdict at a jury trial. Mr. Alarid handles every aspect of criminal defense including pre-charge investigations, discovery review, witness interviews, pretrial motions, plea negotiations, professional board investigations and hearings, evidentiary hearings of all types, bench trials, jury trials, and state and federal appeals. He has handled every type of misdemeanor and felony criminal case including traffic offenses, DUI, theft, assault, domestic violence, drug cases, gun cases, vehicular crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, and homicides. Mr. Alarid has practiced in courts all across the state of Arizona including city courts, county courts, superior courts, the lower court of appeals, the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. District Court of Arizona.

Mr. Alarid is Board Certified in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the only DUI board certification recognized by the American Bar Association. He is 1 of only 5 attorneys in the State of Arizona who have passed the NCDD Board Certification Examination. He was also selected to National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 for 2020. Mr. Alarid is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ).

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Licensed for 14 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Michael

The Law Office of Michael Alarid III PLLC
20 E Thomas
Suite 2200
Phoenix, AZ, 85012

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer
Michael did an amazing job at helping me with my case I got a serious charge dropped to a lower charge which is the best outcome I could’ve asked for Michael for real saved me from a desperate moment in my life and I couldn’t be more thankful for my family recommending him. He’s super on top of his work and really cares for his clients 10/10 would recommend!
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Posted by Janet | November 9, 2022
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Client
I hired Michael Alarid III to represent my son. He did an excellent job. Four felonies will become one misdemeanor, if he completes his probation. He moves the case and along and communicates with you.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2022
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DUI
I chose Mr. Alarid based on the experiences of his past clients. He proved to be very knowledgeable concerning situations of DUI charges. DUIs are complicated and Mr. Alarid met with me, explained the process clearly and was continually responsive to my inquiries. He used his expertise and the evidence in my case to get my charge reduced to reckless driving and the best possible outcome. I highly recommend Michael Alarid.
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Posted by Rebecca | August 7, 2022
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Experience matters
Michael was referred to my family by a sitting superior court judicial officer who was impressed by his legal acumen and exemplary professionalism. During the course of representation, Michael kept us informed, set realistic expectations, and worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome. Michael’s persuasiveness and knowledge of the law, resulted in a better outcome than we could have ever imagined. He really is the best of the best.
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Posted by Kurt | July 11, 2022
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Criminal damage while on vacation
We ran into some legal issues in Arizona, while on vacation. It took a leap of faith to get Michael to represent us, since we had never met him in person. We were so happy we did. Michael went out of his way to research, meet with the prosecuting attorney, then explain our situation as well as our options. We hope we don't need Michael's services again, but would recommend to anyone who did need legal counsel.
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Posted by Joseph | February 10, 2022
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My attorney was the best!
I was facing a 4yr minimum for a second felony Dui and Micheal Alaridlll fought hard to get me a settlement of time served 24hrs first misdemeanor Dui and probation. His a highly skilled attorney that cares for your case and outcome, my family and I are so thankful for Micheal and his team if your ever in a jam dont hesitate call Micheal!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2022
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Highly recommended
I recommend the law office of Michael Alarid III. I originally was working with another local firm, and decided to work with Michael. His representation was open, honest and very direct. All charges associated with my case were dropped and my whole case was dismissed. Michael is the best attorney in Phoenix today.
Posted by John Adyson | December 15, 2021
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Hands Down the BEST DUI Lawyer!
So I was sitting at a red light in Scottsdale when a cop pulled up next to me. I had my CBD only vape pen with me that I use for chronic back pain. There goes the red and blues... pulled over for suspicion of a marijuana DUI. Since Michael is an incredibly knowledgeable attorney, he can defend the case with his eyes closed! When I was looking for an attorney to represent me, I wanted to make sure I had someone who was experienced with cannabis laws and I came across Michael's profile. He is a pioneer in marijuana defense and even won a case against the supreme court arguing about not having THC in marijuana! Look it up! Needless to say, if anyone has been arrested for a marijuana DUI, call him!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2021
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All charges dropped
I highly recommend the law office of Michael Alarid III. With Michael’s representation, all charges associated with my case were dropped and my whole case was ultimately dismissed. With Michael’s professionalism, experience, and high success rate I felt confident and well represented in the court room. Throughout the process, he kept me updated every step of the way and answered any and all questions I had in a timely fashion. Michael made this a painless and straightforward process. Michael came highly recommended to me and now I know why. Thank you!
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Posted by Jacob/Linda | July 22, 2021
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THE VERY BEST!
Thee BEST ATTORNEY EVER!!! I'M BEYOND SATISIFED!!! MOST DEFINITELY WILL RECOMMEND!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Exceptional representation
Mr. Alarid was professional and handled my case in the best possible way, he obtained the best possible results in my case while providing me with a stress free experience during the duration of using his services. I would highly recommend for anyone going through any sort of legal troubles he is a rock solid choice for representation
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Posted by Duffy | June 22, 2021
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Probation Violation / Extradition
My wife had a DWI case from mid 2000's. Arizona issued a warrant even though she had been paying on the restitution. Michael worked with us through the extradition process back to Arizona and my wife was able to be released up arrival back in Arizona. Michael continued to work with the court to get the probation dismissed and probation termination. Thanks to Michael the case is closed and we can move on with our lives. We definitely recommend Michael.
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Posted by Anthony | June 15, 2021
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Rights Restoration
I've been trying for years to get my conviction set aside. Micheal helped me get it done! Thank you so much!
Posted by Jonathan Madden | November 22, 2020
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Excellence Achieved
I desire to express to you how excellent and upstanding Michael Alarid III is in his duties as a lawyer. His positive nature and his attentiveness to your concerns and fears of what you are facing when going through the legal system gave me hope for a positive outcome. He has the ability to convey your strengths to the judge and defend your integrity. He will work tirelessly to bring the most desirable results in the court room. Michael has been my lawyer for 3 years now. He fought for my release from life time probation and WON! I would recommend him to anyone facing a legal issue. He truly is on your side!
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Posted by Hector | November 12, 2020
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DUI reduced to reckless
Michael Alarid worked with me all the way through my DUI case with the utmost confidence that we would come out with the best possible outcome. He delivered just that, my DUI was dropped down to a reckless driving charge, while avoiding the interlock and a DMV suspension. I would recommend going with Michael Alarid to represent you any day!! -Hector
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Posted by Keith | September 22, 2019
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Hire this man
I needed to hire a lawyer for impaired driving. I had a blood-alcohol 0.03 and I had a therapeutic dose of clonazepam in my system. But because of Michael is very very thorough he found a witness I'm just a number of things he is very prepared very professional he wowed the jury. 3 jurors ask for his card while they were receiving dismissal instructions from the judge
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Posted by Amy | September 22, 2019
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Responsive and pleasant to work with
We definitely recommend. Michael listened to my issue and took care of getting it resolved right away. His assistant and receptionist were respectful and helpful. These traits are necessary to me in time of need and stress. I hope we never need his services again, but I wouldn’t hesitate to call if I did.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2019
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Fights for his clients...
Michael isn't only a well educated and knowledgeable attorney....he's a great person. He knows the law and will stand his ground for what he believes. I was in an Actual Physical Control case that dragged on for over a year. Michael kept me in the loop and knew that the case was complex, but never waivered once. He's one of the good guys.....decent and kind. Recommend without question.
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Posted by Michael | February 4, 2019
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Excellent Representation!
In March 2018, I was arrested, humiliated and needed representation to help me fight the charge against me. Michael handled my case with professionalism and vigor. He reassured me that I had strong defense and that I should go to trial and NOT accept a plea. As the process unfolded, Michael successfully argued and my case was dismissed. I would highly refer Mr. Alarid to anyone unfortunate to be facing criminal charges.
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Posted by Tammy | December 28, 2018
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Thank you for giving us our lives back! 2018.
I would absolutely recommend Michael Alarid lll , from the Law firm DM Cantor. We could not have asked for a better Attorney. Michael was very professional and he truly cared about my husband. We were always notified with everything about his case. He went beyond what we expected and got the results we needed. Now we can move on with our lives and heal. Thank you, Michael
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner | Attorney at Law
  • The Law Office of Michael Alarid III PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices Of David Michael Cantor
  • 2013 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Kimerer & Derrick
  • 2008 - 2013

Education

  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor Colle
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of New Mexico
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State ex rel. Montgomery v. Brain, 1 CA-SA 17-0186, 2018 WL 2348473 (App. May 24, 2018)
  • I argued successfully before the Arizona Court of Appeals to uphold the trial court's dismissal of the allegation of dangerousness against my client.
  • State ex rel. Montgomery v. Harris, 234 Ariz. 343, 322 P.3d 160 (2014)
  • I argued successfully to the Arizona Supreme Court to change the way the DUI for drugs statute was interpreted.

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Board Certified in DUI Defense Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • 12th Annual APDA Conference
  • DUI Marijuana Issues: Metabolites and the Supreme Court
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (9)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael is diligent, creative, prepared, and the epitome of a zealous advocate. His professionalism and intelligence are well-respected in the legal community. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is one of if not the best criminal defense lawyer's in Arizona. His attention to detail and tenacity in the courtroom is what every prospective client ultimately needs. Too many good things to say about this guy!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael possesses one of the greatest legal minds I have encountered in my years of practice. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Alarid is a highly skilled attorney. Not only is he compassionate and aggressive, but he is highly intelligent and well versed in criminal defense. Michael goes above and beyond to secure the best results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a highly experienced and aggressive criminal law attorney. He will be with you in your corner every step of the way."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Other
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Michael and I worked together and his passion and knowledge are exceptional. He is a great lawyer! I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Michael Alarid III for many years. I have referred several clients in need of a criminal defense attorney to Michael and will continue to do so. I have full trust and confidence in Michael’s work, and always feel certain that the clients referred to him will be well taken care of."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is an outstanding advocate for his clients and works tirelessly to get the best outcome. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is another attorney who is an absolute master in the DUI world. Michael knows the statutes and case-law inside and out - and is able to use this vast knowledge to the benefit of his Clients. If you've been accused of a DUI - or ANY crime for that matter then Mr. Alarid is an excellent attorney to have in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked alongside Mr. Alarid for the past five years. In that time I have worked on numerous major felonies, including homicides, serious sex cases and other cases. Mr. Alarid brings his sharp intellect and his intense focus to bear on each case. Mr. Alarid is a hard working and dedicated defense attorney whom I am proud to have on our team."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is a fantastic advocate who goes above and beyond for his clients. He will be sure to exhaust all legal and factual issues on the case. In fact, he has secured industry changing victories on complex issues like medical marijuana and dangerous weapon/instrument crimes at the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. I would recommend Michael to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an excellent, hard-working attorney, who gets excellent results for his clients in the face of difficult odds. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is an excellent criminal defense litigator. He is extremely skilled in advocating complex areas of the law both in the trial setting and in written briefs. I endorse this lawyer."
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Phoenix Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Alarid III
Michael Alarid III
Criminal defense Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 14 years
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