Glendale Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colin Bell

Glendale Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Glendale Criminal Defense Local Legal Authority.

Colin Bell

Glendale Criminal Defense Attorney

Glendale Criminal Defense Lawyer

Colin Bell

Colin Bell is a criminal defense lawyer with Stewart Law Group. He joined the law firm as an associate attorney in 2016. Bell is a man driven to protect his clients and ensure they receive the full benefit of their legal rights. In his view, the greatest professional accomplishments are in successfully litigating the cases other attorneys believed were unwinnable.

Anchored in the Arizona legal community, Bell has a solid reputation and a strong, successful criminal defense practice. But his early practice years were spent as a Tombstone prosecutor. A Deputy County Attorney with the Cochise County Attorney’s Office, Bell prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases on the US-Mexico border, from DUI and drug possession to criminal fraud and felony theft.

Bell attended the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, on a Jason Long Memorial Scholarship and has a BA in native studies, and dual minor in history, and political science (2001). He attended Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, on a National Merit Scholarship and obtained his JD in 2008 and was chosen as the law school graduating class speaker. Between participation as student prosecutor in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and competing in Moot Court, Bell was destined to be a top-tier litigator in criminal law practice.

He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona (2009) and US District Court for the District of Arizona. Bell was an executive committee member of the Criminal Justice Section of the state bar and sat on the section’s Future Criminal Practitioner Scholarship Committee.

Community spirited, Bell regularly volunteers for United Way’s Project Connect (providing legal advice to the Valley’s homeless population) and Scottsdale Bar Legal Clinic (providing legal advice to people who cannot afford to hire private attorneys). He is also a judge at the Arizona State High School Moot Court Competition state championships.  

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About Glendale Criminal Defense Law

If you or your loved one is facing a criminal charge, it can be a nerve-wracking and intimidating time.  Given the complexity of criminal laws and the potentially severe consequences, an experienced Glendale criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.

Below we have provided some basic information about Glendale criminal law, including when and how a Glendale criminal defense attorney in can be most useful.

What Are Criminal Charges?

At its simplest, an individual is facing criminal charges when they have committed a crime.  A crime is any act committed or omitted that violates a public law.  The laws of Arizona will define these forbidden acts.  All crimes will generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Felony: Felonies are the most severe level of crime, generally punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, in addition to any fines.  Examples of crimes that are considered felonies include murder, arson, and rape.
  • Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are lesser crimes, generally resulting in prison sentences of less than a year and lesser fines.  Examples of misdemeanors include trespassing and vandalism.
  • Infraction: Infractions are minor or petty crimes that normally do not result in jail time.  Examples include speeding or running a red light.

While each of the above categories of crimes come with different punishments, each can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

How a Glendale Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Glendale as soon as possible.  Regardless of whether you have committed some wrongdoing or if you are completely innocent, a licensed legal practitioner will be an invaluable resource throughout the criminal process.

A criminal lawyer in Glendale can assist in all facets of the criminal process, including:

  • Ensure Your Rights are Protected. You may have heard the recitation of Miranda rights in movies or TV shows – including the right to an attorney.  This is considered an essential right to those facing criminal charges because an attorney can ensure a charged individual receives all the rights they are due under the law.
  • Understand the Legal Process. Criminal attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal process for criminal cases.  They can assist you in any preliminary hearings, ensure your bail is set at a reasonable amount, and confirm that all legal procedures are being properly followed by the police and the prosecutor.
  • Create Defense Strategy. Lawyers who work in Glendale criminal law have significant experience strategizing the most effective way to handle a case.  This often includes striking deals with the prosecution and securing lesser sentences.
  • Understand Case Precedent. One important tool in a successful criminal case is past case law.  If there are past cases where a similarly situated defendant overcame criminal charges, an attorney can use this to persuade a judge or jury that you should see the same result.

As you or your loved one determines next steps for handling criminal charges, an Glendale Criminal Defense attorney will be an invaluable asset.  The criminal legal process can present unexpectedly complicated twists and turns, where a wrong step could result in serious limitations on your personal liberty.

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What clients in Glendale are saying about
Colin Bell

Stewart Law Group
Based on 21 reviews
Brian did a great job negotiating my settlement. He kept me informed every step of the way. I truly felt he had my best interests in mind throughout this process.
Doug Turner
Doug Turner
09:14 13 Feb 20
Brian and his team were exceptionally caring and responsive in answering my questions and concerns with preparing a will.Well done, team!
Kellie Heath
Kellie Heath
01:31 21 Nov 19
Brian Winter is an incredible attorney who is there every step of the way. My case wasn't simple, but Brian did a great job of communicating with opposing counsel and updating me regularly. My case took a little under a year and a half to finalize but I was able to get everything I wanted. Brian really listened to me, educated me on the process and made all of the legal jargon less intimidating. In the end, we were able to settle out of court but he and his incredible team (Vanessa) were ready to go to court had the negotiations not gone as planned. I am so impressed with Brian that I feel that it would be a disservice if I didn't share with everyone who would listen how great my experience was. He truly is an incredible attorney who has his clients needs as his first priority. He doesn't just tell you what you want to hear, but helps you understand the ins and outs of the legal system and what is fair and reasonable to request. Hopefully, I won't need Brian to represent me again, but if I ever need another family court attorney, I wouldn't use anyone else.
Ronni Cope
Ronni Cope
21:01 27 Feb 19
Mr. Winter and staff at Stewart Law Group were stellar in their assisting me in my very complicated divorce/custody case. In consulting with Mr. Winter regarding my case, which was being dealt with in two states, he provided me with precise legal guidance and overall support.Mr. Winter's level of professionalism and genuine concern for the situation I was facing, afforded me the opportunity to be confident in what needed to happen through each step. He was practical, direct, and precise in his guidance. He was always available to answer/respond to any concern/question I had in a timely manner. I believe Mr. Winter is exceptional in the work he does and services he provides.I would highly recommend him for anyone facing legal matters relating to family law. He and the team at Stewart Law Group are priceless- well worth the time and financial effort!Thank you, Mr. Winter!
19:14 25 Oct 18
I am very pleased with the legal representation provided by Brian Winter. He helped me provide security to my children during a very volatile period when my ex-spouse’s stability came into question. He had laser focus towards my issues and I am grateful for his assistance. I highly recommend Brian Winter to anyone that is driven by results, as he will deliver.
Joshua McCombs
Joshua McCombs
00:30 18 Apr 18

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Colin Bell

Practiced Criminal Defense Since 2013

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Arizona High School Mock Trial Competition Volunteer Judge

Graduate Western New England University School of Law


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20325 N 51st Ave #134, Glendale, Arizona 85308