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James E Novak

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James Novak practices exclusively in Arizona DUI and criminal defense cases.  As a former Maricopa County prosecutor, he brings a vast amount of litigation experience and has handled thousands of criminal and DUI cases, including high profile cases.    


With a focus on both misdemeanors and felonies, James works each case as though it is a matter of the utmost priority.  He recognizes that Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws and penalties in the county, and that in every case a person’s freedom and future is at stake.  He understands the adverse impacts of a conviction on a person’s life as that of their future and family. He is assertive and proactive when it comes to the defense of adults and youth, treating all clients with respect and at every step.


James defends charges for criminal and DUI cases primarily in Phoenix, and the surrounding East Valley Cities, including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale AZ in Municipal Courts, Justice Courts, and Superior Courts.  Because he practices exclusively in these areas, he understands and is very familiar with the criminal cases, judges, prosecution, and many of the police officers.  This usually works to the client’s advantage. 


As the founder of The Law Office of James E. Novak, located in Tempe, Arizona, James works hard to fight for the freedom of his clients.  He regulates his case load so that he has ample time to provide 100% effort needed to build, tailor, and present each defense case.  His mission is to put the client’s needs, constitutional rights, and defense first.  


James Novak earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology, which provides deep insights into defending drug DUI and drug cases of which he has a great deal of experience.  His psychology education and skills also help in jury selection, perspectives, evaluating credibility of testimony, addiction issues, and conducting sworn statements and depositions. It has also led to increased communications with Judges and Prosecutions in negotiating the best possible outcome for his client’s defense case.


With a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, James has refined the skills needed to evaluate validity of technical evidence such as forensics, crime incident and accident reconstruction.  This background further gives him additional insight into the dissection and evaluation of evidence related to phlebotomy test results, and DUI or drug chemical tests such as the breath test.


James Novak also earned a Master’s Degree in Business, which has proved to be advantageous to defending white collar crime or business practice crimes such as fraud, embezzlement and other criminal offenses related to enterprises and business operations.  


The Law Office of James E. Novak prides itself on its availability and ease of access for clients. Clients receive additional contact information so that they may communicate directly with their attorney 7 days a week, early morning, evening, and weekends, and even holidays. James personally keeps his clients updated on the status of their case and believes that strong communication with the client serves to provide the most favorable outcomes in a defendant’s case.   Favorable outcomes he obtains often in many cases include modification of release conditions,  lowering bail, criminal and DUI acquittals, dismissal of charges, reduction of charges, mitigation of sentencing, and avoidance of incarceration.   


In his spare time, James enjoys writing and has published three books about DUI and criminal defense strategies.  He believes there should be no “secrets” when it comes to a person’s constitutional rights, and how they are most effectively defended.  He is active in social media discussions, and posts high quality law content in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public of DUI and Crime prevention; criminal rights; and Arizona laws and criminal defense.   


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    19 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
    19 years
  3. Violent Crime: 5%
    1 year
  4. Sex Crime: 5%
    19 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 5%
    19 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Law Office of James E Novak PLLC

4500 S Lakeshore Dr #352
Tempe, AZ, 85282-7198


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Place Best Legal BlogThe Expert Institute2015
Lead Counsel RatedLead Counsel2015
Superior DUI AttorneyThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense,2015
The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100The National Trial Lawyers - Top 1002015
Clients' Choice Award Criminal DefenseAVVO2014
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Gold BadgeCornell Legal Information Institute2014
Peer Review RatedLawyers.com2014
Peer Review RatedLexis Nexis2014
Accredited Business A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2014
Clients' Choice Award DUIAVVO2014
Accredited Business A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2013
Accredited Business A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2012
Accredited Business A+ RatingBetter Business Bureau2011
NACDDNational College of DUI Defense1998
National Trial Competition - Semi-finalistAmerican Trial Lawyers Association1995
Semi-Finalist Regional Negotiation CompetitionAmerican Bar Association1994
1st Place Intra-School Negotiation CompetitionAmerican Bar Association1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner & FounderLaw Office of James E. Novak, P.L.L.C.2004 - Present
Attorney DUI & Criminal DefenseLaw Office of James Novak2004 - Present
Arbitrator Appointed by the CountyMaricopa County2001 - Present
Founder, Former President , CEO, and HostLawWebTV -2007 - 2014
Founder, Former President, and CEOAttorneyYellowPages.com2004 - 2012
Partner & Principal Criminal Defense AttorneyMcgill & Novak2001 - 2004
Prosecuting AttorneyMaricopa County Attorney's Office1997 - 2000
Prosecuting Attorney InternMaricopa County Attorney's Office1996 - 1997
Prosecuting Attorney InternIngham County Attorney's Office1995 - 1996
USMC MarineUnited States Marine Corps1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2015 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2011 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted2001 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember1998 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1998 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Arizona Association for JusticeMember1998 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
United States District Court for the District of ArizonaAdmitted1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. P.T.Class 3 Felony Dismissed
State v. J.C.Case Dismissed
State v. B.L.Dismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer BlogArizona Court of Appeals Rules on Right to Attorney Before DUI Breath Test Analysis2016
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer BlogtArizona Court of Appeals Rules Consent to Search includes K-9 Drug Search i2016
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer BlogWhat Constitutes “Conspiracy” using mobile devices in Unlawful Drug Sales2016
NovakazlawblogDrug Fatalities in Epidemic Proportions - Safety, Prevention, Laws & Criminal Defense2015
NovakazlawbogChallenges Facing Arizona and Federal Authorities in Regulating Synthetic Drugs2015
NovakazlawblogExtreme DUI and High BAC Levels: Causes, Prevention, Laws, and Criminal Defense2015
Novak AZ Law BlogArizona Supreme Court Ruling: Probationers Immunities under AMMA2015
Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer BlogArizona Court of Appeals Case Study Part I of II: Analysis of Reasonable Suspicion2015
Arizona Criminal Defense BlogArizona Court of Appeals Case Study Part II of II: Reasonable Detention2015
Arizona Criminal Defense BlogUnited States Supreme Court Tips Scales to 4th Amendment Rights at Police Stops2015
InsuranceLawHelpLiability and Remedies for Victims of Police Brutality and Cruel & Unusual Punishment While Incarcerated2014
InsuranceLawHelpDUI with Accident: How it Impacts Insurance2014
PR LogArizona DUI Arrests Fall by 3028 in 2013: Tempe DUI Lawyer Provides Insight Beyond the Statistics2014
Media Press Release 24/7AZ Court of Appeals: DUI Blood Test Not Admissible if Medical Attention Refused2014
PRWEBArizona DUI Arrests Top 27,000 in 2012; Tempe DUI Lawyer James Novak Cautions Drivers Not to Drive Impaired and to Know the Law2013
PRWEBUS DOJ Won’t Challenge State Marijuana Laws, But Arizona Police and Prosecution Warn Motorists Can Still Be Arrested for Drug DUI Charges; Tempe DUI Lawyer Explains2013
E-BookDUI - Winning Defense Strategies2012
PRWEBMore Drivers Arrested for Drug DUI in Arizona in 2011; Maricopa County Criminal Defense Attorney Weighs In On Factors Contributing to the Increase in Drug DUI Arrests2012
PRWEBArizona Leads the Nation in Youth Binge Drinking and Drug Use; Mesa Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Recent CDC Survey Results2012
E-Book101 DUI Defenses - Kick-Start Your AZ DUI2010
E-BookYour 24 Hour Arizona DUI Defense Action Plan2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice - Aggressive Defense for Accused Impaired DriverLawCertificate2015
CLE West 33rd Annual Criminal Year Seminar 2015LawCertificate2015
AACJ 26th Legendary Trial TacticsLawCertificate2014
CLE WEST 32nd Annual Criminal Year SeminarLawCertificate2014
CLE WEST 31st Annual Criminal Year SeminarLawCertificate2013
AACJ 26th Lessons From High Profile CasesLawCertificate2013
AACJ 25th Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired DriverLawCertificate2013
Arizona State Bar DUI Law UpdatesLawCertificate2012
AACJ 26th Drug CasesLawCertificate2012
Arizona State Bar Medical Marijuana ProgramLawCertificate2011
Arizona State Bar Understanding the Inner Workings of the MVDLawCertificate2011
AACJ 26th Cops and RobbersLawCertificate2011
AACJ 23th Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired DriverLawCertificate2010
CLE WEST 28th Annual Criminal Year SeminarLawCertificate2010
Western International UniversityBusinessMBA - Master of Business Administration2006
Northern Arizona UniversityEducationMA - Masters2002
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of MassachusettsN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Office and Client ManagementHow to Represent Arizona DUI and Criminal Defendants2014
WIU Classroom LectureHow to Run a Successful Law Practice2006
WIU Classroom LectureLaw Practice Management2005
NAU Class room LectureDrug and Alcohol Addiction2002
NAU Classroom LectureArizona Criminal and DUI Laws2001
New Recruit Attorney RCC TriainingEffective Cross Examination2000