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Rachelle Ferraro

Criminal defense Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.9   17 reviews

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About Rachelle

Learn Rachelle’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    My practice exclusively focuses on defending people accused of crimes or being investigated for crimes in AZ, where we have some of the toughest laws in the country. I have earned a reputation of aggressively fighting for my clients.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Charged with a DUI (alcohol, drug, or medication)? The charge can result in suspension of your license even before you’ve been to court. If convicted, jail and ignition interlock are mandatory. Call Rachelle Ferraro, an experienced DUI lawyer now.

    25 years

  3. Sex crime
    25%
    I defend people accused of sex crimes in AZ where the punishment is one of the harshest in the nation. I understand that just being accused can ruin your life, alienating your friends and your family. You need an aggressive and experienced attorney.

    25 years

  4. Expungement
    10%
    Convicted of a crime in the past? Are you trying to move on but your record won’t let you? Contact Rachelle Ferraro to see if you are eligible to restore your civil rights and gun rights and to set aside your conviction.

    25 years

      I am first generation American, the daughter of an Italian immigrant who settled in New Jersey. We moved to Arizona when I was a teenager. I graduated from Chaparral High School and then returned to the east coast for college. I received my undergraduate degree from Wellesely College in 1995. After Massachusetts’ winters, I returned to Arizona where I became a Wildcat and received my Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona in 1998.

      Since I started my practice of law, I have always been on the defense side. I have never prosecuted anyone for any alleged crime. My entire legal career has been spent protecting people and their constitutional rights from government infringement and abuse. In my 22 years of practice, I have tried over 90 jury trials.  While I enjoy trying cases, I believe an attorney should get involved in a case as soon as possible to attempt to avoid prosecution or to try to minimize how a case is charged whenever possible. I have learned “to think outside the box.”

       I realize that when a person is accused of or charged with a crime, the repercussions can be far more reaching than just what the Judge can do to them. I vow to be open and honest with my clients throughout the process and to analyze and treat every case as I would want the case to be handled if I were the person charged. 

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Licensed for 24 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 03/17/2023

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

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took my case seriously
I hired Rachelle last year to defend me in a criminal misdemeanor dog-at-large case. I tried contacting the previous lawyer who represented me, but I never got a call back. Most people laughed when they heard what I was charged with, but I was facing a $2000 fine and 5 days in jail. Rachelle met with me twice and gave me frank counsel about what to expect. She also collected records, got evidence and kept me informed along the way. Rachelle took my case as seriously as if I was charged with 1st degree murder. I was so impressed and felt confident she was looking out for my best interest. Rachelle eventually got the entire case dismissed, which was a huge relief. She's worth every penny.
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Posted by Robert | October 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent results!!
Many years ago I ended up in a legal situation that ended with me losing my civil and gun rights. I was told that I probably would never get my rights back. So after some time (16 years) I gave it a shot. I didn't know how to get the ball rolling or even what to do. I had moved out of Arizona 13 years ago and didn't want to take off work to return. So I reached out to Rachelle Ferraro. She took my case and didn't require me to come back to Arizona. She is super friendly, out going, and very knowledgeable. Rachelle was able to get my civil rights and my right to bear arms restored. Couldn't have hired a better lawyer!
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Posted by Sherry | August 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCEPTIONAL Attorney
No one is ever happy about the need for a criminal defense attorney, however, we must say we were THRILLED to have been referred to Rachelle and grateful to be in her care. Our experience was NOT what we anticipated. A ‘small’ case by most standards, we didn’t know if we’d find anyone who would give it the attention it needed. It was evident on the very first visit, however, that it was as important to Rachelle as it was to us. We knew from day one that we were in professional, experienced, capable and caring hands, and that we had someone on our side who was willing to do all she could to represent us to the best of her ability. NEVER rushed and never brushed off, Rachelle went over our case in painstaking detail and prepared every aspect of our defense with enthusiasm and eagerness. And while Rachelle did bring about a victorious resolution to our situation, we honestly would feel the same about her and her service even if she hadn’t. We knew she did her best. Nothing was left to chance. Rachelle’s assistant, Jenny, was equally as impressive. We never felt like a number or that we were imposing. Every email was answered expeditiously. Every question answered patiently. We were given a heads-up about potential issues, guided on exactly how to handle them, and taken care of every step of the way. We would HIGHLY recommend, without any hesitation, the exceptional team at The Law Office of Rachelle S Ferraro.
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Posted by Jim E | August 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted Professional Lawyer
Rachelle was accessible throughout the entire duration of my case. Not once did I have a doubt about hiring her during the nine months that she represented me in 2015. She is super smart and street savvy. I was initially presented with up to 15 years in prison. Working on my behalf Rachelle negotiated probation with no jail or prison time. I completed probation early with no issues. I recommend the Law Office of Rachelle Ferraro.
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Posted by Dorie | July 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very informative & professinal
Rachelle Ferraro is very informed of the legal system in Arizona. She helped me greatly with the current situation and gave me very good legal advice. Thankful for Avvo and for Ms. Ferraro's legal advice.
Posted by Thomas | July 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated to Your Rights
Ms. Ferraro treated my problem as though it were hers, and she took the time to research my case and help me to gather and present the documents that we needed to prevail. Jenny, Ms. Ferraro's assistant, is very knowledgeable and helpful. Ms. Ferraro and Jenny were always available to answer my questions, and they got the job done. I give Rachelle Ferraro the highest rating and recommendation.
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Posted by Stephanie | May 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Always accessible and made sure I was kept in the loop through every step of the process. Went above and beyond by addressing matters outside of the purview of the contracted case.
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer!!
I have used Rachelle Ferraro on more than one occasion and am extremely happy with her. She was very thorough and ethical. She really took the time to review each of my situations and took attorney-client privilege very seriously when my family asked her questions. She put my best interest first and all turned out well for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a defense attorney.
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Posted by Mike | February 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So Happy I used Rachelle
Rachelle and her team were very easy to work with. they were all over my case and kept me in the loop every step. these types of things are never easy, and they made it as painless as possible. Rachelle is incredible, she knows what she is doing and was able to open my eyes to options that I wasn't aware of. I am not a lawyer, so I relied heavily on the advice and knowledge and I am glad I did. I highly recommend using their team, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Joe | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the Job Done!
Rachelle is very hard-working, imaginative and insightful. Plus, she genuinely cares about her clients. She achieved a fantastic result for me. Joe.
Posted by PK | July 6, 2015
Lawyer with integrity
Rachelle went WAY above and beyond with her representation. She was willing to meet with me to accommodate my schedule and was available for all of my questions and concerns. Her attention to detail was excellent. Rachelle has integrity and will not submit something she does not believe in and honored her fee agreement, which in my case was a flat rate, even though she put in MUCH more time that what was anticipated. There were no surprises regarding billing and she kept us informed of any additional costs that came up. A lady in the courtroom actually came up to Rachelle after the trial and asked her for her card and told her that she was very impressed with Rachelle's work. My family and I will be ever grateful for all of her help!
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Great Defense Lawyer
Rachelle Ferraro was very professional and well prepared to take on my case with the Maricopa Prosecutor's Office. She was very knowledgeable in the field of criminal defense and led me through the process of the court system. I felt that I had a person who I could trust to be there for me during the course of litigation. I would and have recommended her to others.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2014
had to work for this one
She calmed me when necessary, even when I freaked. She was a great negotiator when it came to crunch time with the County Attorney.
Posted by alex | December 5, 2014
Review
I was client of hers and will highly recommend her.
Posted by charos | December 4, 2014
life saving
Rachelle was really an amazing lawyer,told me the facts told me the outcomes and really let me be the judge of my fate. But she did everything she could to help me and to see that I didn't ruin my life, I am forever grateful ,she knows what she's doing and she's super trustworthy and makes you feel comfortable
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2014
Great Lawyer
Rachelle very informative of the law and made me feel at ease with my situation. She is very personable and did a great job.
Posted by JB | December 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got all of my rights back
I hired Rachelle in December 2015 to help me obtain ALL of the civil rights that were taken away from me years earlier. Ms. Ferraro took the time to read through my very long and difficult history and develop a plan to get all of my charges set aside. While we had a couple of bumps going down the road, we were able to get the ship back on course and had all charges set aside. I just want to say thanks to Jennifer and Rachelle for putting up with me, as i know i can be difficult.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Law Office of Rachelle S. Ferraro
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office Of David Michael Cantor
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Victor & Hall, PLC
  • 1998 - 2002

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Wellesley College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty in Medical Marijuana DUI Case (24 nanograms)
  • Not Guilty in Jury Trial
  • All DUI Charges Dismissed with BAC of .246
  • Case Dismissed
  • Not Guilty in Medical Marijuana DUI case
  • Not Guilty in Jury Trial
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Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona Criminal Law Advisory Commission
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Arizona Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Arizona Military Museum
  • Former Board Member
  • 2010 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Law Specialist
  • State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2011
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • 27th Quasi Annual E.T.C. Roundtable
  • Recent Changes regarding Medical Marijuana
  • 2015
  • 23rd Quasi Annual E.T.C. Roundtable
  • Recent Updates in DUI Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (47)
Endorse Rachelle
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachelle genuinely cares about her clients and I would recommend her services without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Ms. Ferraro for some time and can personally speak to her knowledge and dedication to her clients. She is well respected amongst judges, prosecutors and fellow defense attorneys. Ms. Ferraro fights hard for her clients and anyone searching for an experienced and passionate defense attorney would be well served to have her on their side. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle Ferraro is an amazing defense attorney who is both competent and caring when it comes to working with her clients. Since I left prosecution to practice criminal defense, Rachelle has been a fantastic resource."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachelle is a tremendous attorney and does a great job for her clients. Through her hard work, she consistently obtains very favorable results"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I had the pleasure of working alongside Rachelle in private practice several years ago. She is a Certified Criminal Law who is passionate and diligent in her representation of all of her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ms. Ferraro for nearly a decade, and have had many opportunities to observe her practice first-hand. She is absolutely dedicated to her clients, and her preparation of their cases is second to none. I wholeheartedly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have litigated against Ms. Ferraro on many occasions. She is always prepared to fully defend her clients' best interests in working their matters to their conclusion. I do not hesitate to endorse Ms. Ferraro."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the past decade plus, I have seen Rachelle work on case and have been on cases with her as well. She is a very skilled and dedicated attorney. I would recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle is ethical, hardworking, and calm in the face of extreme stress. I do not hesitate in recommending her to clients and personal friends. With her level of expertise and poise, I've seen tremendous results for clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachelle Ferraro is an attorney I trust. She has compassion for her clients and she isn't the type of lawyer that will say anything to get a client's money. I know her to be a person of integrity and she has a great deal of experience in criminal courts. She is someone I would trust as an attorney with my own child, if he or she were in criminal trouble."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rachelle since law school. She is extremely smart and hardworking. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle Ferraro is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who fights hard for her clients. I fully endorse this lawyer and her abilities."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle is a dedicated defense attorney. She is trustworthy and knowledgeable. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Rachelle is one of the best lawyers I know. She is one of the few lawyers I consult with when I want to brainstorm a case. She is extremely bright, very zealous, and cares about her clients. I would have her represent me in the event I needed an attorney. I highly recommend Rachelle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle Ferraro is an exceptional lawyer who gets excellent results for her clients. Ms. Ferraro is extremely knowledgeable about the law, aggressive in negotiations, and highly effective in trial. I couldn't endorse her any more strongly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachelle is an excellent attorney. Sharp legal mind, organized, and an aggressive and effective trial attorney. I strongly endorse Rachelle !!"
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Phoenix Criminal defense Lawyer Rachelle Ferraro
Rachelle Ferraro
Criminal defense Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation