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David J Maletta

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   36 reviews
  • State Years
    Arizona - AZ 25 years
    New Jersey - NJ 25 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About David

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David Maletta is a widely respected criminal defense and family law attorney with over 23 years of experience. David graduated from Northern Arizona University, Magna Cum Laude in 1993 with a degree in Psychology. Shortly thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, he became a prosecutor with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. While working as a prosecutor, he felt that the punishments were too severe and that some of the defendants were not being defended aggressively enough. That is when he decided to become a criminal defense attorney. David has been a criminal defense lawyer for over 20 years.

 

As a former prosecutor and recognized trial attorney, David has worked on thousands of cases and has done approximately 100 trials with great success. He has extensive experience in criminal and DUI matters. He has handled matters ranging from homicide, sexually-based offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, to DUIs and various misdemeanor crimes. David is an exceptional and well-respected trial attorney.

 

David also handles complex family court cases, fighting aggressivley for the rights of his clients. He has extensive experience in the areas of divorce and child custody. He is a very effective negotiator and has successfully negotiated countless high stakes cases. When it comes to trial, David is ready to pick apart opposing parties during cross examination while artfully portraying his clients' positions.

 

Among his many case victories, he once represented a Felony Aggravated DUI defendant that had a .461 BAC—almost 6 times the legal limit—and was able to obtain a not guilty verdict on all charges at jury trial.

 

David has overturned Arizona laws through his appellate victories, including obtaining published decisions from the Arizona Court of Appeals, which created new case law. He has also taught other Arizona lawyers trial strategies and tactics through Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars.

 

David loves his dog Sydney and does MMA to stay in shape. His energetic presence is contagious and carries into his courtroom performance.

 

Contact Dave for a free consultation by calling to speak with an attorney that has the specific legal knowledge and skills needed to work on sensitive and complex criminal and family cases. 

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Location

Colburn Hintze Maletta, PLLC
2150 E. Highland Ave, Suite 212
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

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Posted by Precilla | December 15, 2022
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Worth Hiring fo .Thank you so much
Because I was accused of felony DUI, we recruited David Maletta. The case was dropped to a misdemeanor DUI because to the excellent work of David Maletta. David Maletta went above and beyond to significantly improve a terrible situation because he genuinely cared about the case's result. We are very grateful for all of his assistance. I would strongly suggest David Maletta to anyone facing a DUI offense.
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Posted by Jerry | December 8, 2022
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Highly Recommended
David has been extremely professional compassionate and knowledgeable. He exhibited immediate and genuine concern for securing the most favorable outcome I could get. I couldnt as for more. Thank you
Posted by Audy | December 5, 2022
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Thank you
David Maletta representing me made me very delighted. He is a very impressive man! He was outstanding throughout the entire process. Superbly cordial and expert. It made all the difference in the world to have him on my side. I couldn't have imagined a better result. I advise him to everyone who is facing legal difficulties. I appreciate all of your effort.
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Posted by Jerry | December 1, 2022
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Worth hiring
David Maletta representing me made me very delighted. He is a very impressive man! He was outstanding throughout the entire process. Superbly cordial and expert. It made all the difference in the world to have him on my side. I couldn't have imagined a better result. I advise him to everyone who is facing legal difficulties. I appreciate all of your effort.
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Posted by Martin | November 17, 2022
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Excellent
. David was excellent at keeping me informed along the route, responding to all of my inquiries and questions, reassuring me that everything was proceeding as planned, and he established reasonable expectations. The conclusion pleased me.
Posted by Stan | June 30, 2021
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David Malettareview
.David Maletta is a very fine, experienced, and capable defense attorney. He successfully defended 2 members of our family in the last 2 years, with very favorable outcomes. He is an excellent communicator who pays attention to detail and explains things well. Despite being a tough adversary in court, he is a kind and caring human being. We highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
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Quality legal service
Highly recommend Dave and Rosenstein Law Group. He was knowledgeable, responsive, and professional. Kris also did an excellent job of effectively communicating with the court, and staying current with pending items.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2021
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Criminal speeding Ticket
David was knowledgeable, professional and always available. His office was timely and had great communication, especially Kris. He knows the court well and was able to get my case reduced substantially. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Ben | April 22, 2021
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The confident attorney!
Top notch attorney who knows the trade well. A true strategist who considers long term situations, extremely accessible anytime and if in a meeting, timely returns calls, for those affected, his delivery comes across highly confident but yet a feeling of calmness. Works well with a range of generations.
Posted by Afton | April 22, 2021
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Speeding ticket
David did an amazing job. Very professional and knows his stuff! You can tell just by talking on the phone with him that he cares about his clients on a personal level. Would recommend him most definitely.
Posted by Gregory | April 14, 2021
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Best man for the job!
Dave stayed with me while he pushed back and forth with Covid-19 and the delays with court. Once cited, the state basically decides that your guilty through the automatic suspension of your drivers license. Dave immediately took care of that problem and I never lost the privilege of driving. Dave took notes like crazy and was upfront about our uphill battle. I was also well aware that the plea deal that was given to us, was unacceptable and through Dave's knowledge and experience I had put my trust in him to guide me to make the right decision on how to proceed. With Daves guidance I had decided that we needed to fight for something better than what the prosecutor was offering and Dave was 100 percent behind me on that decision. We knew the risks, be we also knew we had very little to lose based on the prosecutions stance. We decided to go to trial. I knew and felt that it was a long shot based on some of the information in the police report, but I also knew that it was not true. We met previous to the trial so I could better understand what the process is once we get into the court room. Dave answered may questions and spent a lot of time with me trying to be sure I understood things and what time I needed to be there and what would happen once we got there. We worked together on jury selection on the day of trial and we began the case. Watching the prosecution and then watching Dave was night and day!! Dave brought the case to life, Dave grabbed the attention of the jury, Dave had me staring, listening, watching and not missing a beat when he went to fight for me, his client. He went through his notes through the 2 days of trial and his big book. It was clear that he was completely familiar with the facts of the case, the facts on the incident and the responsibility of the prosecution in areas that they weren't competent. Dave took steps throughout the 2 days that sometimes had me concerned, but his experience calmed me down, once he educated me on this. It was clear to the jury that we working as team. It was clear to the jury that the prosecution didn't have their facts straight and were not addressing the facts that they could not address. I was nervous to say the least. There was a lot at stake for my personal life and my work life. I was found NOT GUILTY. Dave won the trial for me. I was not only found not guilty, I was found not guilty on 2 counts. I owe this to Dave to truly bring the facts forward, make the arguments, show his passion and his knowledge of the facts and convince the jury that they had reasonable doubt and could not find me guilty. Dave has some fire in him that will come out in trial and it's rare to have someone with enough personality to relate to the jury and to his client. I am so thankful that I had Dave Maletta as my attorney. It has taken me over a week to finally let it all soak in after 2 1/2 years of stress.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2021
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Absolute BEST DUI lawyer in town!
Truly caring attorney. Dave Maletta went to the end of the earth for us and got a reduced sentence due to his diligence and far reaching knowledge of the law on our case. We highly recommend this law group for anyone with a DUI case.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2021
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Testimonial for David Maletta
David was an excellent lawyer to represent me on a very serious felony criminal case. From the beginning to the end of the case, he was detail-oriented, hard-working, competent, and communicative. I could tell he really cared, and did everything he could to combat the over-zealous prosection. In the end, he secured a favorable plea deal for me that allowed me to maintain my quality of life, which is invaluable. I'm grateful to have chosen him and his team as my representation.
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Posted by Thomas | January 21, 2021
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Mr
David has always been fully informed, available, and honest. The kind of help I would want to give to my family and friends
Posted by Nora G | November 24, 2020
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Best law firm
Extremely happy with Rosenstein Law Group, they were able to help me get completely out of charges for a DUI a few years ago. David Maletta was super helpful recently with a dosmetic violence charge, was able to drop one of the charges and helped me get into a diversion program so the domestic violence doesn’t stay on my record. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.
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Posted by Chase | November 8, 2020
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David J Maletta
I was extremely happy with having David Maletta represent me. He is one hell of a guy! He was absolutely amazing every step of the way. Super friendly and professional. Having him on my side made all the difference in the world. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I recommend him to anyone who is going through legal struggle. Thank you for all of your hard work!
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Posted by Rasta | November 6, 2020
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Great lawyer
I was facing a probation violation. I’m from Ohio and was sentenced to 4 yrs probation back in 2016. I violated back in Ohio I picked up another charged and was sentenced to 18 months in Ohio. Soon as I was released Arizona was there to pick me up to come to Arizona to answer that violation. The prosecutor wanted a presumption 5 yr prison term. Dave and I went threw the process for 3 months and finally at the end Dave got me reinstated back on probation with 3 yrs credited so I only had to complete 1 yr on probation. Dave had me do a couple extra things the help better my case out I took his advice did community service while waiting for the outcome and did a couple other things, at the end it worked in my favor I recommend Dave service to anyone who is looking for a lawyer n the Arizona area, he is a hard worker him and his associates and they get u the best outcome possible. I appreciate everything he did and it was well work the price. Thanks Dave appreciate it.
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Posted by Brooke&Duran | November 3, 2020
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David Maletta: incredible lawyer
David and his firm have gone above and beyond for my family. We hired him for two different cases in which we were extremely worried about. David stayed on top of every detail. He updated us almost weekly sometimes even multiple times. In the mist of working with David I had a baby and am pregnant with another. I had a great deal of stress that was able to be taken off me and baby due to David's hard work. He worked with his financially and also became a great friend. I could not have ask for a better person to be in our life. We are so thankful for David.
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Posted by J. | October 26, 2020
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Nothing To Worry
From the start, working with David Maletta and his team of professionals, I was quickly put at ease. I was accused of a felony charge for speeding. I asked my most trusted professionals who they knew, and David Maletta was their number one choice. David not only fought for me, but he gave me the confidence I needed to worry less about the accusation, allowing me to focus on my home and work life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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DV case and beyond
If you are reading this you are probably in a situation or situations that you need immediate help and honest advice. I had a recent DV charge and it didn’t help that I was also fighting two separate dui cases not having satisfactory results with other law firms and lawyers (big and small but all high priced). I went with Rosenstein law firm (and specifically Dave Maletta) for help on my dv case for which I was facing significant jail time, significant fines, and permanent felony charges. The biggest mistake I made in choosing Rosenstein was that I did NOT go with them from the start years ago!! I had already lost a lot professionally and personally going with previous law groups who were more than happy to take my money when I could have actually done a better job representing myself. Not only did Dave get a deal that led to diversion and charges dismissed but he and his firm took serious concern about my previous charges and more importantly concern about my professional and personal life and gave me advice and references to other resources to get my life back. This firm is well networked and very knowledgeable. They take your case as seriously as if your entire life depends on it - and more often than not it usually does. I typically am very critical about lawyers and the entire legal profession; but I unequivocally give the Rosenstein law group my highest recommendation.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Colburn Hintze Maletta PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Rosenstein Law Group, PLLC
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Senior Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices Of David Michael Cantor
  • 2001 - 2018
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Law Clerk To The Presiding Judge Of Maricopa County
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • 1998 - 1999
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Northern Arizona University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. M
  • Not Guilty on all Charges
  • State V. W.
  • Assault & Disorderly Conduct - Not Guilty on all Charges
  • State V. F
  • DUI & Criminal Speeding Case - All Charges Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • 10.0 Top Lawyer Rating
  • Justia Lawyer Rating and Reviews system
  • 2019
  • AVVO
  • Clients Choice Award
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Appreciation representing Arizona
  • National Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Education Seminar
  • How to Manipulate the Breath Test using the Variables on a DUI Case
  • 2015
  • Maricopa County Superior Court
  • Introduction to the Maricopa Court Systems
  • 1998

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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Maletta is a highly skilled criminal defense attorney. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and aggressively fights on behalf of his clients in the courtroom. Mr. Maletta goes above and beyond to secure the best results for his clients, and I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Dave on many criminal matters. Dave is a highly skilled, professional and smart defense attorney. His passion for defending the rights of others, paired with years of experience, makes Dave invaluable to anyone seeking a lawyer to defend them in a criminal case. It is without reservation that I endorse David Maletta"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave Maletta is an excellent advocate for his clients. He is at his best in front of a jury and gets great results for his clients at trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Maletta for over 10 years within the legal community, and worked with him on cases at the same firm for 4 of those years. I highly endorse David as an excellent trial lawyer and skilled advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dave Maletta is a fantastic trial attorney and DUI guru. I had the pleasure of working alongside Dave for many years and was able to observe his expertise first hand. His 200+ jury trials is likely not matched by any other attorney in Arizona. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a hard-working, dedicated attorney who works extremely hard to get the best outcomes for his clients. He is honest, passionate and is extremely knowledgeable in Criminal Defense. I would highly recommend David to any friend or family who is in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is very experienced, extremely knowledgeable and works aggressively for the best outcome for his clients. He is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dave is experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate about getting his clients the best possible results. He is creative in the courtroom and his results are evidence of his skill. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dave for the last six years. He is an extremely aggressive attorney who cares passionately about his clients and the results he obtains for them. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dave is a no-holds-barred fighter for his clients. He has great skills, passion and experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dave is one of the finest and most aggressive defense attorneys I have ever seen. He is diligent, smart and has tremendous jury appeal. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Dave in private practice for several years. Dave is passionate and diligent in his representation of all of his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Maletta is a great litigator who is not afraid to go to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Maletta is one of the best, if not the best, DUI defense attorneys in Arizona. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to a friend or family member."
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