Phoenix Criminal Defense lawyer

Colin Bell

Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney

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

Colin Bell

Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney

Phoenix Criminal Defense lawyer

About
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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.

Below we have provided some basic information about Phoenix criminal law, including when and how a Phoenix 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 Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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, a Phoenix 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 Phoenix are saying about
Colin Bell

Stewart Law Group
4.7
Based on 58 reviews
Attorney Colin S. Bell at Stewart Law Group, demonstrated proficiency as a defense counselor; he explained every detail of my case in a way I could fully understand the situation and I was able to stay calm in very stressful moments due to his advice.Colin kept me informed on everything relevant to my case; his professionalism, knowledge & experience, were evident in court.Mr. Bell was successful providing an excellent defense representation in my legal matter. I would highly recommend Attorney Colin S. Bell, to anyone who needs legal advice or defense representation in court!!
Eduardo Fuentes
Eduardo Fuentes
17:46 07 Jun 21
Thank you Stewart Law Group specifically, Brian Winter. Brian made a very difficult and emotional situation as tolerable as possible. We appreciate his knowledge, support and candor when needed. We always felt like we had someone in our corner and for those that have to deal with any highly emotional ordeal, that is worth it’s wait in gold.Thank you Brian and Stewart Law Group!J & M Herrera
Michelle Herrera
Michelle Herrera
01:21 16 Mar 21
This is the first time I felt like I was not “Undergunned” Jennifer Mihalovich was very knowledgeable, and straight to the point not wasting my time or money. Jenny and her team were very responsive and I highly recommend Jenny and want to say Thank you all for the Help.
sam russler
sam russler
23:11 21 Sep 20
If you are ever in need of a lawyer that will be by yourself and check on how you're doing Christa is definitely the one you want. Christa guided me and made sure my children and mine own interest were always first.
Johnny Barba
Johnny Barba
22:17 31 Aug 20
We had the best experience with Christa Banfield. She was empathetic to our case and took the time to get to know us. She has experience and advises her clients that is in the best interest of a child. I highly recommend her services. What a pleasant experience and am so appreciative to have Christa on our side.
Brandi Byers
Brandi Byers
18:27 17 Aug 20
I highly recommend Stewart Law Group Colin Bell. He was helping my son under 18-year-old to get through a very emotional family legal matter. Colin Bell met me and my son with extreme professionalism and kindness. He was incredibly knowledgeable and empathetic in giving my son counsel as well as being clear and timely. My son and me were able to get in to see him promptly. It is very clear that he is a lawyer who loves what he does! He has integrity, incredibly intelligent, and he really cares about helping people, which is exactly why his such a great lawyer. He does all of this seemingly with such ease and I am so impressed by him expertise and compassion.Thanks Colin Bell!
Jen “Jen Jonas” Jonas
Jen “Jen Jonas” Jonas
04:35 07 Apr 20

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Cochise County Attorney’s Office Former Prosecutor

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