DUI & Professionals

Michael, a summa cum laude law graduate, has 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). Tucson Dui

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Criminal Defense

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. Criminal Defense

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Notable Cases

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: Notable Cases

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Michael Harwin

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. About Michael Harwin

Client Reviews

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. Client Reviews

What Our Clients Are Saying


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Mr.Harwin was a lifesaver for our family member. He had an in depth knowledge of all aspects of this difficult case including the court processes and all documentation that would be required to put together a great defense.The outcome was very positive. In addition, he made a special effort to understand and work with our family member showing that he not only defends, he cares. We highly recommend Mr.Harwin.
John Rivera
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As a retired Law Enforcement official I am keenly aware, through my years of experience with the Washington DC courts and attorneys, of the undisputed value of having a defense attorney that was a former prosecutor. When my son ran afoul of the law in Tucson, I found the website of Michael Harwin and I'm very glad I did. Both Michael and his associate Scott Redmon are former DUI/ DWI prosecutors in Tucson and could not have been more professional and knowledgeable. You're not just another case file to them, you're treated as an actual human that needs help. And that extends to their front office personnel who go above and beyond what is required of their job. Everyone in the Michael Harwin office works hard to arrive at the best outcome available for your case. They did for us and I'm sure they will for you.
Jeff C
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I came to Mr. Harwin after my 2nd DUI in 7 years. This mistake I made could have had a severe impact on my family, job, etc. After I met with Mr. Harwin I had my first decent nights sleep since the incident. I remember so vividly him telling me "Listen Brian you need to go back to work sign up some new clients and let us handle it I GOT IT". He arranged my counseling to be handled prior to my arraignment. He instilled confidence from the initial conversation on the phone. My outcome was more than satisfactory and kept my family and job more than intact. I made a mistake and Michael recognized I was a good person who had a severe lapse in judgment. Thank you Michael for all you have done.
Briam Peddicord
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I was falsely accused of a DUI driving home one evening, I thought my life had ended, I could not believe some of the things the officer was saying about me, I was treated like a convicted criminal. The next morning I contacted one of Tucson's well known and highly experienced attorneys, Michael Harwin. My anxiety level was off the charts, I was the sole support of two children and carried a license that could be put into jeopardy by the accusation alone. Mr.Harwin treated me with respect, told me he would fight for my rights. Mr.Harwin is a deeply committed attorney, he has heart and truly cares about his clients. He was patient with my endless parade of questions and fears of the unknown, he walked me through every challenge that was put in front of us, he is fearless, intelligent, and a deep thinker, someone you want in your corner if the situation arises. I was found NOT GUILTY on all charges, thank you for giving me back my life.
Sue smith
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Mr.Harwin was a lifesaver for our family member. He had an in depth knowledge of all aspects of this difficult case including the court processes and all documentation that would be required to put together a great defense.The outcome was very positive. In addition, he made a special effort to understand and work with our family member showing that he not only defends, he cares. We highly recommend Mr.Harwin.
John Rivera
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As a retired Law Enforcement official I am keenly aware, through my years of experience with the Washington DC courts and attorneys, of the undisputed value of having a defense attorney that was a former prosecutor. When my son ran afoul of the law in Tucson, I found the website of Michael Harwin and I'm very glad I did. Both Michael and his associate Scott Redmon are former DUI/ DWI prosecutors in Tucson and could not have been more professional and knowledgeable. You're not just another case file to them, you're treated as an actual human that needs help. And that extends to their front office personnel who go above and beyond what is required of their job. Everyone in the Michael Harwin office works hard to arrive at the best outcome available for your case. They did for us and I'm sure they will for you.
Jeff C
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I came to Mr. Harwin after my 2nd DUI in 7 years. This mistake I made could have had a severe impact on my family, job, etc. After I met with Mr. Harwin I had my first decent nights sleep since the incident. I remember so vividly him telling me "Listen Brian you need to go back to work sign up some new clients and let us handle it I GOT IT". He arranged my counseling to be handled prior to my arraignment. He instilled confidence from the initial conversation on the phone. My outcome was more than satisfactory and kept my family and job more than intact. I made a mistake and Michael recognized I was a good person who had a severe lapse in judgment. Thank you Michael for all you have done.
Briam Peddicord
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I was falsely accused of a DUI driving home one evening, I thought my life had ended, I could not believe some of the things the officer was saying about me, I was treated like a convicted criminal. The next morning I contacted one of Tucson's well known and highly experienced attorneys, Michael Harwin. My anxiety level was off the charts, I was the sole support of two children and carried a license that could be put into jeopardy by the accusation alone. Mr.Harwin treated me with respect, told me he would fight for my rights. Mr.Harwin is a deeply committed attorney, he has heart and truly cares about his clients. He was patient with my endless parade of questions and fears of the unknown, he walked me through every challenge that was put in front of us, he is fearless, intelligent, and a deep thinker, someone you want in your corner if the situation arises. I was found NOT GUILTY on all charges, thank you for giving me back my life.
Sue smith
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Mr.Harwin was a lifesaver for our family member. He had an in depth knowledge of all aspects of this difficult case including the court processes and all documentation that would be required to put together a great defense.The outcome was very positive. In addition, he made a special effort to understand and work with our family member showing that he not only defends, he cares. We highly recommend Mr.Harwin.
John Rivera
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As a retired Law Enforcement official I am keenly aware, through my years of experience with the Washington DC courts and attorneys, of the undisputed value of having a defense attorney that was a former prosecutor. When my son ran afoul of the law in Tucson, I found the website of Michael Harwin and I'm very glad I did. Both Michael and his associate Scott Redmon are former DUI/ DWI prosecutors in Tucson and could not have been more professional and knowledgeable. You're not just another case file to them, you're treated as an actual human that needs help. And that extends to their front office personnel who go above and beyond what is required of their job. Everyone in the Michael Harwin office works hard to arrive at the best outcome available for your case. They did for us and I'm sure they will for you.
Jeff C
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I came to Mr. Harwin after my 2nd DUI in 7 years. This mistake I made could have had a severe impact on my family, job, etc. After I met with Mr. Harwin I had my first decent nights sleep since the incident. I remember so vividly him telling me "Listen Brian you need to go back to work sign up some new clients and let us handle it I GOT IT". He arranged my counseling to be handled prior to my arraignment. He instilled confidence from the initial conversation on the phone. My outcome was more than satisfactory and kept my family and job more than intact. I made a mistake and Michael recognized I was a good person who had a severe lapse in judgment. Thank you Michael for all you have done.
Briam Peddicord
avatar
I was falsely accused of a DUI driving home one evening, I thought my life had ended, I could not believe some of the things the officer was saying about me, I was treated like a convicted criminal. The next morning I contacted one of Tucson's well known and highly experienced attorneys, Michael Harwin. My anxiety level was off the charts, I was the sole support of two children and carried a license that could be put into jeopardy by the accusation alone. Mr.Harwin treated me with respect, told me he would fight for my rights. Mr.Harwin is a deeply committed attorney, he has heart and truly cares about his clients. He was patient with my endless parade of questions and fears of the unknown, he walked me through every challenge that was put in front of us, he is fearless, intelligent, and a deep thinker, someone you want in your corner if the situation arises. I was found NOT GUILTY on all charges, thank you for giving me back my life.
Sue smith

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