DUI & Professionals
Michael, a summa cum laude law graduate, have exhaustive experience in all aspects of DUI & vehicular offenses litigation. From jury trials to appeals; to motor vehicle licensing, to professional and career consequences, Michael is called upon to advise and help professional clients navigate the thicket of confusing and surprisingly harsh Arizona DUI laws and regulations. Repeatedly asked to lecture at attorney seminars on the collateral and professional consequences of DUI & other charges, Michael recently authored a chapter in Trends in DUI Discovery, 2014 ed. (Thompson Reuters; Aspatore). Read More
A former prosecutor, named in Best Lawyers In America® 23rd ed., 2017-18 as one of the best Tucson Criminal Defense Lawyers: White Collar, Michael has amassed what many clients think is an astonishing track record. Click here to see results. Numerous healthcare professionals; law enforcement officers; university and graduate students; loan officers & other financial professionals; licensed real estate agents; CPA’s; and many company owners & business principals have all entrusted Michael to handle worrisome government investigations and criminal matters. Michael is known for making clients and their families comfortable through some of the most trying moments of their lives. Read More
Having handled numerous criminal matters receiving national and focused local media attention, Michael advocates aggressively but with the thoughtful discretion, patience, care, attention to detail, and empathy demanded when clients are subjected to intense public scrutiny. A few of Michael’s cases receiving such attention are: Read More
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A former prosecutor, Michael Harwin graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona College of Law in May 1993, where he served on the editorial board of the Arizona Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Recognized for his work in white collar criminal defense, Michael was listed in Best Lawyers America®,23rd ed., 2017-18 and rated by Martindale Hubbell® A-V 5/5 Preeminent. He was listed in Arizona Superlawyers® in 2017-18 as one of the top Tucson DUI lawyers and named by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine® as one of the Best Lawyers in Tucson (May 2017). Named by the National Trial Lawyers® as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, Michael was honored with a fellowship by the Litigation Counsel of America® . Michael was also named by BestofUS.com as one of the Best Lawyers in the United States, and rated by AVVO® 10/10 Superb. Michael has received dozens of public client reviews. The largest firms in Arizona entrust Michael with their valued clients. Read More
Honored with two Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Awards for 2012 and 2013, and two AVVO Client’s Choice Awards for 2015-16, based almost entirely upon client reviews and ratings, Michael is grateful to his many clients, dozens of whom have written and published comprehensive reviews, lauding not just outcomes, but explaining Michael’s honesty, responsiveness and compassion for those facing some of the most difficult moments in their lives. Read More
What Our Clients Are Saying
DUI: The Police Gave Me Roadside Tests: What do they Mean?
Many of my clients, and their families, report to me at the first meeting that the police gave them “tests” at the roadside. They have little or no idea what these tests are about. But often, my client swears that she “passed” or at least thought she did well on these tests . Today I’m going to talk a little bit about the first of these roadside tests given thousands of times a year here in Tucson, what they mean to you, and why sober people routinely fail them.
Arizona Sleeping in Car & DUI Arrest: What You Should Know
A person is parked sleeping in is car. In a lined parking space, in a lot. Transmission in “park.” But the engine is running and the A/C is on. It’s 1:30 AM. This person is woken up by the police and then arrested for DUI even though he was not technically “driving Seems unfair? It is. This blog is to show you why this happens in Arizona and what to do about it.
UofA Students Arrested in the Dorms: What You Should Know
First, understand that in the dorms, your child’s privacy rights as a practical matter are left at the key-carded entrance. And that the Resident Assistants rather than acting as your child’s “assistants,” actually serve as de-facto auxiliaries of the University of Arizona Police. In the vast majority of cases, it is the Resident Assistants themselves who make the call to the Police about your child. And they do so for relatively minor occurrences it seems—when for example an RA thinks she smells marijuana creeping (“emanating” the Police like to call it, the RA’s adopting the police verbiage) out from under your child’s dorm room door, or suspect usually correctly mind you that there’s underage drinking going on behind that door, or when they hear what they think behind that door is heated argument your daughter might be having with her boyfriend.