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Robert P Jarvis

Criminal defense Attorney at Mesa, AZ

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Law Office of Robert P Jarvis

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1991
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies and misdemeanors including DUI, sex crimes, domestic violence, drugs, assault, forfeitures, zoning, construction, trucking, murder, drugs, gangs, extortion, theft, burglary, weapons, traffic offenses, and appeals.

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Defense and prosecution. Blood, breath, urine analysis for alcohol concentration. Prescription and illegal drugs. Roadside evaluations (FSTs). Illegal stops and arrests. Right to Counsel issues.

    33 years

  3. Juvenile law
    Cases involving mental health, sex crimes, and all alleged violations of law. School honor code violations and alleged crimes. Suspension issues. Sports eligibility issues.

    28 years

  4. Personal injury
    Car, motorcycle, quads, and other vehicle accidents. Injuries from products, animals, and household items. Injuries from activities, others actions, and medical care.

    14 years

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Criminal or civil. Photo radar and photo red light violations. Points suspensions.

    33 years

  6. Administrative law
    Motor Vehicle Department, Registrar of Contractors, Nursing Board, ACDHH, other licensing boards.

    28 years


I have been awarded the highest rating of "AV Preeminent Attorney" since 2012 and “AV Preeminent, Judicial Edition” by Martindale-Hubble. I have received recognition as “America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%” by Martindale Hubble. Since 2016, I have been included in Arizona Republic’s Arizona's Top Rated Lawyers - Criminal law. I am included in the American Society of Legal Advocates 2016 top 100 Lawyers - Criminal Defense. I have been invited to join the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers 2015. Awarded in 2020, "Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Arizona" by National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

In 1991, I became a member of the Arizona State Bar.  In 1992, I joined the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office where I handled a variety of cases involving appeals, mental competency, forfeitures, neighborhood maintenance and zoning, commercial vehicles, construction contracting, civil traffic offenses, and criminal offenses.  The criminal offenses included all types of misdemeanors such as domestic violence crimes, vice crimes, public offenses, and DUI.  I also lectured at a prosecutor's seminar regarding mental health and competency to stand trial. In 1996, I left the prosecutor's office to become an associate in a local criminal defense firm.  In courts across the state, I represented individuals and businesses accused of diverse misdemeanors and felonies.  My practice included various civil matters as well.

In early 2000, I left that firm with the intent to establish my own law firm.  I ended up as an associate with an large law firm in Mesa and set up its criminal defense practice.  In December of 2000, I left and started the law firm of Robert P. Jarvis, P.C. located in Mesa, now known as the Law Office of Robert P. Jarvis.

I continued my representation in criminal defense and other related areas of law, successfully defending persons accused of felonies and misdemeanors throughout Arizona in cases including murder, sex crimes, assault, drugs, gangs, DUI, extortion, theft, weapons, zoning, traffic violations, forfeitures, zoning, construction, and trucking. My practice expanded to include contract, business, and administrative law.  Through the Legal Defense Fund and police associations, I represent law enforcement personnel involved in shootings and investigated for or accused of misconduct and criminal acts.

Over the years and all over the State I have conducted hundreds of hearings, bench trials, and jury trials in the justice courts, the municipal courts, and superior courts, both adult and juvenile.  I have handled cases on appeal to the Superior Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Arizona, as well as arguing a case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have become familiar with and learned to apply the statues, case law, rules of criminal and civil procedure, and rules of evidence.

I represent children, juveniles, and adults. Many case have involved mental illness and associated medications.

I have served on the bench as a substitute for judges of the Maricopa County justice courts and was appointed in 2016 to serve as such in the Pinal County justice courts and the Apache Junction Municipal Court. I have judged civil cases, landlord/tenant cases, and criminal cases, sitting on bench and jury trials.

I am a member of the Arizona State Bar, a Life-time member of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and a member of the East Valley Bar Association, serving as its President 2003-2004 and continuing on its board.

After graduating in the top 10 from Westwood High School in 1982, I attended Brigham Young University, graduating cum laude in 1988.  I began my legal training at the Arizona State University School of Law in 1988, graduating in 1991.

I grew up in Mesa and have enjoyed serving my community. I have had the opportunity to serve my community through family, church, and school.  My children's sports activities provided opportunities to coach soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball over 16 years.  I have served in the Boy Scouts of America as an Eleven Year Old Scout Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Varsity Coach, Assistant Crew Advisor, Crew Advisor, and Charter Organization Representative.  School sports and activities have allowed numerous opportunities to serve.  For my Alma Mater, Westwood High School, I served for two years as an attorney coach for its Mock Trial Team. I am a founding member of Mesa High School Community Advocates.

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Law Office of Robert P. Jarvis
1423 S. Higley Road, Suite 112
Mesa, AZ, 85206-3449


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Mr. Jarvis is one of the most ethical lawyers I've ever worked with, and I would definitely call upon him again if the situation requires it.
Posted by Tracy | October 14, 2020
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So thankful
I used Garrett Smith at the office. Garrett listened to my concerns, kept me updated throughout this process. He was able to get my case dismissed. The office staff is professional as well. I wouldnt go to any other attorney.
Posted by Bill | September 25, 2020
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Professional and a really nice guy
Real pleasure to work with. I concider him a friend. He took all the pressure off my shoulders and he listened to my problem and the two of us came up with a plan to proceed. The problem resolved it self. The simple strategy worked. Thank you. Bill
Posted by Greg | February 22, 2019
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peace of mind
Mr. Jarvis made me feel comfortable with a criminal matter I had no clue with how to handle. He explained to me very simply what it was and how to handle it. All my phone calls, text messages, email's.... were answered very quickly. The whole matter was taken care of quick and painless. I'm glad I got in touch with Mr. Jarvis. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2018
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Mr. Jarvis for Hire!
Words cannot express how positive my experience with Mr. Robert Jarvis was. I had never been faced with an unfortunate situation where I had to hire a lawyer. Unfortunately, my situation lasted about three years, and Robert and his assistant were there for me the entire time. Despite his busy schedule, he ALWAYS made time for me and my questions and concerns (and I had plenty)! He put me at ease each time I was going "off the deep end." He believed in me and fought for me every step of the way! He is fair and truly cares about the individual and not just the case. Luckily, my case ended in a dismissal and it was DEFINITELY because of Mr. Jarvis!
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Posted by Bryan | December 6, 2017
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Excellent Attorney (Robert Jarvis, Thank you again!!!)
I have had the pleasure of being represented by Robert Jarvis twice now. He is well worth the money and honestly I feel he always has an update and you can tell he cares and is hard at work. Robert, I cant thank you enough!
Posted by Olena W | October 31, 2017
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Great expiarence! Thank you!
Dear Mr. Jarvis, I can't find words to express my thankfulness, gratitude and appreciation for all you have been done for me and for my little son; for all your huge efforts and dedication for my case!! I could never thought that somebody can stay by my side during this process, it was very stressful matter, first that of all that there were a possibility that I could be charged and guilty and then lost my baby for ever. You gave the opportunity to my son to have his mom around and have a happy future. You gave inspiration and inner power to me to continue to fight for our rights and I know we can have a good future here in USA together with my baby. It is really hard to make somebody who doesn't know you believe that you an innocent but you still put all your efforts in clearing my name. I am grateful to you that you took all stress and restored everything out for me. Thank you for your professionalism, knowledge and faith!! I wish you great clients and more and more win cases!! Thank you so much!! Sincerely, Olena Walden
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
I used Robert Jarvis for a DUI case. Mr. Jarvis handled my case for me and went to all court appearances. Mr. Jarvis took the stress out of my case as much as he could and was accessible for all my calls and questions. My case was unusual and extended over a year. Mr. Jarvis handled my case the entire time. Once we went to court he was extremely prepared and I was found not guilty and even the traffic ticket was dismissed by the judge. My driving record is now clean. I would highly recommend using Mr. Jarvis. His fees were also very reasonable.
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Posted by Kyle | September 25, 2015
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Would Recommend to Anyone
Mr. Jarvis and his team work very hard to exhaust every option to build the strongest defense possible. He listened to my personal preferences and kept me informed throughout the entire legal process. He is experienced and knows the best way to attack a case. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a strong criminal defense in Arizona.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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Very proficient and Professional
I am very grateful to Mr. Jarvis and his team. They were very helpful, patient, and willing to work with me. Mr. Jarvis was great with his initial consultation for my legal needs, and his legal assistant was "A1" with whatever questions I had and making me as comfortable as could be with this process, and Mr. Garner was great at representing me. There is much more that could be input here, but the bottom line is this is a great firm, if you need to be represented. They accomplished their goal for my case, and they make you feel important and not as if they're here only for the money. A Real stand up firm!!!
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Posted by Ralph | October 15, 2014
Excellent Service!!!
Just a quick note of thanks and to recommend the law office of Robert P. Jarvis. I retained Mr. Jarvis to help me with a criminal speeding charge. The charge was eventually reduced. The fee was reasonable, the terms of payment helpful and efforts of he and his staff wonderful! I would HIGHLY recommend Robert Jarvis to anyone who has a need for legal representation.
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Posted by John | January 23, 2012
Excellent Law Practice
I used Robert's practice for a recent criminal incident in the town of Gilbert, AZ and was extremely happy with their representation. They were more than well prepared and I quickly realized that the best attorney in the room was representing me. I highly recommend this practice!
Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2012
Repeat Client
Our family has used Rob Jarvis on two occasions that were totally unrelated to one another. In both incidents Rob showed the utmost knowledge, integrity and loyalty to our situation. He was very easy to get in contact with. If I had to leave a message he got back in touch with me in no time at all. I would highly recommend Rob Jarvis to any friends or family members.
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Posted by Troy | February 3, 2011
Attorney Jarvis and his staff were professional, thorough and did a great job in understanding my case. He was patient, worked through all the legal battles for me and made my time much easier than it would have been without him. He understood the law and how to effectively represent me. He stayed in contact with me and my family to help us through this traumatic time. I would recommend him to anyone in need of representation. My case was cleared successfully.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Admonition and Probation issued in AZ, 2021
updated on 02/22/2022

An admonishment means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Part time
  • Pinal County Justice Courts
  • 2016 - Present
  • Part Time
  • Apache Junction Municipal Court
  • 2016 - Present
  • Part time
  • Maricopa County Justice Courts
  • 2006 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Robert P Jarvis
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate
  • Local Law Firm
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Local Law Firm
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office
  • 1992 - 1996
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  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State V. Ricketts II


  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • East Valley Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • East Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • N/A
  • East Valley Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • Korean

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated-Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • 2015 Top Rated Lawyers - Criminal Law
  • Arizona Republic
  • 2016
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Speaking Engagements

  • APAAC Conference
  • Rule 11 Competency to Stand Trial
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a superb lawyer I have seen him in action many times. His skill level and knowledge of the law and court is excellent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Jarvis exhibits a knowledge of criminal law and procedure"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Speeding and traffic ticket