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Kristopher Ryan Califano

DUI and DWI Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   60 reviews

also known as LAW OFFICE OF KRISTOPHER CALIFANO


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About Kristopher

Learn Kristopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    80%
    All aspects of DUI/DWI representation, including ADOT/MVD Hearing Requests through the Executive Hearing with guidance and instruction in reinstating license, if necessary

    16 years

  2. Criminal defense
    10%
    All areas of Criminal Defense

    16 years

  3. Sex crime
    5%
    Prostitution, Solicitation and sexual assault cases

  4. Violent crime
    4%
    Including domestic violence

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    1%
    Criminal and Civil Speeding and other Traffic Tickets

Mr. Califano is dedicated to aggressively protecting the rights of the accused. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Mr. Califano has represented nearly one thousand clients and is an experienced trial lawyer.

 

He has substantial criminal-defense experience and has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from minor traffic offenses to murder.

 

He has represented several hundred clients charged with DUI and has conducted seminars for other attorneys about DUI laws and trial strategy when defending DUI cases.

 

Mr. Califano is results oriented. He has obtained multiple felony and misdemeanor dismissals, lenient plea offers, and lenient jury-trial verdicts.

 

He credits his success to his knowledge of the law, his strong motion practice, jury appeal, work ethic, and firm negotiation tactics. He recognizes that there are two sides to any story, and is committed to strenuously arguing the law and facts for his clients.

 

Mr. Califano graduated from prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law. He was born and raised in Phoenix and attended Brophy College Preparatory for high school. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona in journalism, where he published stories monitoring the criminal justice system.

 

He remains committed to the Arizona community and committed to ensuring that law enforcement officials do not violate the rights and freedom of members of his home state.

 

He is proud to have never worked as a prosecutor and proud to have never taken freedom from another person.

He prides himself on offering the best representation, while keeping his fees low. Mr. Califano will fight for you.

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Licensed for 15 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Kristopher

KRISTOPHER CALIFANO
722 E Osborn Rd., Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Gilbert Court
55 E. Civic Center Dr.
suite 101
Gilbert, AZ, 85296
Chandler Municipal Court
200 E. Chicago St.
Chandler, AZ, 85225
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Posted by Derek | June 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
best attorney I ever hired
Best level of attorney involvement one can ask for, knows the law well and when to object the opposing side. We won the case because of Kristopher's perseverance in the case.
Posted by Franklin | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Advocate
Mr. Califano is a brilliant and fastidious professional who works quickly and efficiently without missing even the most minor detail. My case could not have possibly arrived at a better outcome, and I owe the fantastic result to his sharp tenacity.
Posted by Katie | March 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Kris did a wonderful job!
I’m very greatful for Kris’ help. I received a criminal speeding ticket and an open container ticket. Kris was able to get the ticket reduced to a normal speeding ticket and the open container dropped completely. He was extremely resonable with what he charged me (I couldn’t afford much and he worked with me to find a fee I could afford). He was very clear and responsive in all his communication. I have highly recommended him to all my friends if they are to ever find themselves in a situation such as mine.
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Posted by Daria | February 13, 2019
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Best DUI lawyer the the Valley
Does this sound okay.... I was referred to Kris Califano with the promise I was getting one of the best DUI attorneys in the greater Phoenix area. Kris proved to be just that! His attention to detail, as well as his knowledge and expertise in the area of DUIs resulted in what could have been a extreme DUI, lowered to a reckless driving charge. There are not enough words to express my gratitude for all the hard work you did. An example of his devotion to his clients was when I received a call on New Year’s Day updating me on the status of my case and emailing me the motion he drew up to send to the Prosecuting Attorney. I would recommend Kris Califano to anybody looking for a lawyer that will go above and beyond to fight for you. Thank you Kris you have impacted my life in so many wonderful ways!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2018
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Great lawyer to have on your side
Got charged with a felony in AZ while living in the east coast. I Contacted Chris and explained my situation. He walked me through the process on what will happen and what the most realistic outcome of my case would be. As this was my first charge ever in my life he assured me that jail time was very very small and he was right. After 3 visits to the courthouse I ended up taking a plea of 18 months probation w/ 100 hr community service. (Prosecutor wanted 2.5 years probation and some jail time in the beggining) on the plus side, I was able to leave AZ on the same day of my final hearing. Very thankful that Chris was the one that I hired to defend me. He knows what he is doing and he gets right to the point. I highly recommend Chris to anyone that is in trouble with the law in AZ. You wont regret it and you wont be wasting your time or money! Thank you Chris!
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Posted by L.B. | November 1, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer and Character
Mr. Califano handled my case with the utmost professionalism while showing a compassion for me as a person. He drastically improved on my situation by getting my charges reduced to the best possible scenario. Even though my court date fell on his daughter's birthday, he was right there in my defense and thankfully the hearing was over in time for him to make it home to celebrate the occasion. I highly recommend Mr. Califano and was the best experience I've had with a lawyer. 5 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2018
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MIC
Kris helped me deal with an underage drinking ticket while I was trying to get into graduate school. He soothed my worries and made a stressful situation more bearable. He handled everything and required little work from me. He was always available for any questions I had and was quick to respond. He even congratulated me a year after the case after hearing I got into my graduate program! I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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With you every step of the way.
I needed an attorney for help with a criminal matter and Kris was with me every step of the way. He was able to guide me through the process, represent me professionally, and the resultant dismissal of my case was the outcome that I was looking for. Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Stan | August 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Review for criminal defense
Kris Califano in my case showed attention to detail as well as expert advise and council. His expertise led to a very fortunate outcome in my case. His strong suits included a well designed plan, a strong defense, as well as respectfulness towards me. He was fair with his invoicing and I believe he is worth every penny. SB
Posted by Jane R. French | March 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful & Professional!
In 2015, I was being wrongfully accused and was incredibly scared. Although I knew my hands were clean, being at the wrong place and time didn't help. Not to mention their was a felon with an extensive record that was coerced by the police to name everyone, so that they could walk away. It was a horrible experience and I felt like dying. I called around and my gut told me to go with Kristopher & Ginny. Within 3 months, I received a call from Kristopher on Christmas Day that all charges were dropped! I will always be very grateful for their hard work.
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Posted by Paul | December 8, 2016
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EXCELLENT ATTORNEY!!
I wish I could give Kris 10 stars. The best attorney I have ever worked with. After calling multiple attorneys regarding a DUI for my son, Kris knew immediately how he would handle the case and gave me specifics on his defense, which he followed through with. His defense worked and has been a huge help in helping my son. Kris is extremely responsive (as well as Gini), and truly did care about my son. You would be foolish to hire anyone else. And Kris thank you again for everything!
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2016
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Excellent hard working lawyer who fights for you
After consulting with 3 other attorneys regarding my DUI case I chose Mr. Califano. He was up front about the fees, explained the process, and provided options. Other attorneys even praised Mr. Califano stating what a good attorney he was and that they would recommend him. No lawyer can promise you anything. He gave me information and guidance that helped me in making decisions about the options I had. Mr. Califano has high integrity and worked very hard on my case. He always returned my email or call when I had questions. We ended up going to trial and I was very impressed with his knowledge of the law and his personalized attention to my case. He worked very hard and I would have been satisfied with any outcome given his performance. He really fought for me and never gave up. He ensured I was aware of what was happening and my rights. When I received a not-guilty verdict I was even more thrilled. I believe anyone searching for a criminal lawyer would be pleased with his ability and work ethic.
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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Very effective
Kris is very professional and personable. He keeps you informed and provides appropriate documentation. Most importunately, he had my case dismissed. I highly recommend Kris.
Posted by Jason | October 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Mr. Califano was assigned my case by the court. From the beginning he treated me like a paying client. He was very respectful, understanding and sympathetic to my situation. Mr. Califano guided me through every step of the DUI process and court proceedings. He was successful in lowering my charges from a Super Extreme DUI to an Extreme DUI. He was able to waive my jail and public defender fees. This saved me a great deal of time and money. When my sentencing was complete, Mr. Califano continued to follow-up and assure that I was completing the terms of my court orders. I highly recommend Mr. Califano to anyone needing representation. I would recommend him to family and friends. I was fortunate to be assigned to him, but I would definitely hire him in the future, if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2016
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Super Extreme DUI
Kris was referred to me by a friend, who he had helped in the past. A lot of people had encouraged me not to hire a lawyer but thankfully I didn't listen to them. This time I was right. From my first meeting with Kris he was very down to earth and efficient at the same time. I had a lot of anxiety facing jail time etc especially in the first few weeks when it hit the fan. Kris would always text or call me back promplty and put a lot of my anxieties at ease. Kris knew all the right moves to make and knows exactly how to make the system work in your favor. I was more than satisfied in Kris' outcome to my case. Those same friends who discouraged me to hire a lawyer in the first place cannot believe the result of my case. Kris had the punishment reduced greatly and I am more than thankful for his help
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2016
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Fantastic! Highly recommended!
Kris and staff helped me with a DUI charge that spanned across three states and took over a year and a half to resolve. Needless to say the case was complicated, and after the initial retainer, he charged me only an extra $300 to file additional motions with the judge. Via skillful negotiating, his team was able to have the charge reduced to reckless driving, which saved me from having a felony record and an interlock device in my car. I felt the entire time that Kris genuinely had my interests at heart, he hustled to get results, and the service was worth every penny. I would highly recommend you give Kris a call if you are in need of help in the Flagstaff or Phoenix areas.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2016
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A True Professional!
After I was arrested for what I thought was a trivial, unimportant matter, I was referred to Kris. Kris handled me and my case very professionally. He was respectful of my time, advised me appropriately and attended court for me and with me. It was comforting to me to have Kris as my representation.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Highly Recommended. Kris cares!
If you get convicted of a DUI you become a number. A number in a system that is designed to humiliate you, extract money from you and suck up a lot of your time. The first decision you need to make is to get an attorney. If you don't get an attorney you most likely won't have a great outcome. Our system is complex. The DA, Judge and Attorney's work together every day. The second decision you need to make is hire someone who is not only knowledgeable, smart, has the background and relationships but most importantly CARES about you. Kris really does care. He will put your mind at ease that you have someone working on your behalf to accomplish the best possible outcome for you. You no longer are a number but a human being. After working with Kris I'm very satisfied with the outcome. I have never been pulled over for an alleged DUI before and plan on never being put into that situation again. Thank you Kris for being there and accomplishing a positive outcome for everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2016
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Top Rate Attorney: Kristopher Califano: Excellence in Action
Kristopher Califano is an attorney I would definitely recommend. He is highly professional and knowledgeable in his approach to legal issues which are potentially life- altering and devastating, He is clear-thinking, calm and reassuring, which gave us hope that he would find the very best outcome for our unfortunate and frightening situation, He is a good listener, patient, asks the right questions and gives excellent direction. He is diligent in his pursuit of what is best for his client. He follows up on phone calls. He has an excellent, efficient and supportive staff. We would definitely hire Kris again should we ever require criminal legal representation in the future, KS &ES
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Posted by Derek | December 31, 2015
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Amazing lawyer! I recommend him highly!
I had a traffic mishap that I was really worried would send me to jail. It very well could have, the law is such that this was a possibility. He not only made it so that I did not have to go to jail, he got all of my points removed and removed the record of the incident. If I apply for a job and they do a search, it does not show up. How great is that? He has a flat fee, but I would have paid more than he asked. I recommend him highly. I am now sitting at peace at home, knowing this is all behind me. I suggest you do the same.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of Kristopher Califano, PLLC.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate - Contract Attorney
  • City of Phoenix Public Defender
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2011
  • intern
  • Justice (United Kingdom)
  • 2005 - 2005
  • intern
  • Maricopa County Public Defender
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Crime Reporter
  • Tucson Weekly
  • 2003 - 2004
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Education

  • Maricopa County Advanced Trial College
  • Certificate
  • 2009
  • Maricopa County Trial College
  • Certificate
  • 2008
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Certificate - Alternative Dspiute Resolution
  • 2007
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Universityof Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
  • Brophy College Prep.
  • N/A
  • City of Phoenix
  • Certificate-Criminal Law Practice Strategies
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Super Extreme Charge
  • super extreme and the extreme charge dismissed
  • Super Extreme Charge Dismissed
  • On trial date, super extreme charge dismissed. Extreme Charge pled to.
  • Case Dismissed
  • Extreme DUI dismissed at trial
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Associations

  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Phoenix Mens Art Council
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal District Court (AZ)
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • AZ DUI TEAM
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Brophy Mock Trial
  • Attorney Coach
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 4.8 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 2013 Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Certificate in Alernative Dispute Resolution
  • Strauss Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2007
  • Commencement Speaker-Breakast
  • Pepperdine School of Law
  • 2007
  • invited member
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Arizona DUI and MVD
  • DUI
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (41)
Given (50)
Endorse Kristopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Kris without hesitation. He and I have worked together representing several co-defendants and I can personally attest to his excellent legal skills and tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Califano in court on numerous occasions. He works very hard and gets great results. His experience and knowledge of the local courts serve his clients well."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristopher is a valuable contributor to our community of DUI and criminal defense attorneys. He and I consulted on a matter, and he is clearly an aggressive and thoughtful advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is a highly respected, highly skilled attorney. He has a deep breadth of knowledge and works hard. Combined with his experience and intelligence, Kris achieves great results for his clients. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kris is truly a fantastic attorney. I have referred a few clients to him and all have come back with glowing reviews of Kris' professionalism and knowledge of criminal law and DUI defense. I would gladly recommend Kris to anyone in need of his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Califano is a zealous advocate for his clients. Due to his excellent work ethic and passion for his craft, he regularly receives great results for his clients. I would recommend Mr. Califano to anyone needing assistance with any criminal matter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Califano is an exceptional attorney. His knowledge and skill are matched only by his commitment to his clients. I couldn't endorse Mr. Califano more strongly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Kris Califano for years. I've watched him in trial and seen him fight tooth and nail in the courtroom. Being a good trial lawyer isn't easy, but Kris makes it look like it. He has the ability to command respect from the Court, from opposing counsel, and from a jury. He fights hard for every client and makes sure their side of the story gets heard. Kris cares about his clients and their cases. If you have a criminal or DUI matter, I highly recommend Kris Califano."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a former prosecutor, I worked on many cases with Kristopher as opposing counsel. His commitment and passion were always apparent. He was always professional, yet fought aggressively time and again to achieve remarkable results for his clients. I have no hesitation in offering him my full endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kristopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In many years of practice in state and federal courts, I have handled hundreds of cases. From time to time, I refer people to a small group of lawyers whom I trust to provide a high level of competent and diligent services. Kris Califano is one of those lawyers in whom I place great trust, especially a DUI case. More importantly, Atty. Califano strives to price his services within a range reasonable for the average person and representative of the complexity of the defense. One meeting with Kris Califano should convince you that he is the lawyer for you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Kris in court on numerous occasions. Each and every time he was well prepared. Kris is professional, courteous and well respected. I am certain any person who chooses Kris to represent them will be well taken care of."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Califano is an excellent attorney who has an outstanding reputation in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Califano is well respected and works hard for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kris is the go to guy for DUI questions when I am stumped. I hold him in high regard as an advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Califano is an experienced criminal defense attorney with a passion for his work that is evident in the time he devotes to each of his clients and their cases. His personable demeanor makes him easy to work with and results in excellent advocacy. I would have Mr. Califano represent me without question."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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