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Arja Shah has Successfully Defended Over 3,000 Clients for the Last 15 Years!

Arja Shah is a leading Criminal Defense Attorney serving all corners of the Phoenix Metro Area and surrounding cities including Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Goodyear, Apache Junction, Peoria, Glendale, and cities in between. Arja acquired her experience by successfully defending thousands of individuals facing criminal charges that potentially carry life-altering ramifications. Arja truly understands what it is at stake when you’re charged with a crime and takes great pride in offering very personalized service to her clients. Arja handles every client directly, she is your partner, not just a lawyer. Arja strongly believes it’s not just about knowing the law, but also knowing how to comfort and lead people through difficult times. Arja’s defense of clients has made news, and in certain instances altered legal precedent in Arizona Criminal Law. Her passion for the law coincides with her passion to help people. Evidenced by client reviews and professional recognition, Arja believes that everyone deserves a quality defense before they can be served a life-altering punishment. Arja will aggressively defend you in court while vigorously protecting your constitutional rights.
  • Experience with and Knowledge of Specific Arizona Judges and Prosecutors is Important
  • Affordable Rates without Sacrificing Quality Defense is Key
  • It’s Not Just Knowing the Law, It’s Also Knowing Compassion
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Arja Shah’s Bio

Attorney Arja Shah is an east coast transplant, originally born and raised in East Amherst, NY. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. After her graduation, Arja spent her first two years in the legal field working for a well-respected criminal defense firm in Washington DC., learning what makes a top-rated defense attorney early in her career. In 2007, she graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego and began working in the Vehicular Crimes Unit for a large criminal defense law firm. While working there, she spent 7 years defending clients facing serious charges. These cases included charges such as DUI, Extreme DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter, and Aggravated Assault. Over the years, Arja has gained extensive experience by practicing in numerous courts throughout Courts in Arizona. She has also taught classes and seminars to her fellow criminal defense attorney peers at yearly Defense Attorney conferences in Arizona. As of 2021, attorney Arja Shah has successfully defended over 3,000 clients facing life-altering charges. Her successful career has earned her numbers awards and recognitions throughout the legal industry. She has a 10 out of 10 rating on Avvo, the recipient of the Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star Award from 2015-2020, ranked the Expertise.com Best DUI Attorney, acknowledged as a top 100 Trial Lawyer by National Trial Lawyers, and many more. However, her highest accomplishment is her numerous positive client reviews from former clients and her peers within the legal community. Ms. Shah has dedicated her professional career to helping people in need of a quality and affordable defense. Outside of practicing law, Ms. Shah enjoys traveling with her family and outdoor activities.

Accomplishments and Recognitions

Defense Attorney Arja was selected to the following
  • Expertise.com Best DUI Lawyer in Phoenix
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2015-2021
  • Justia 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award – Avvo 10.0 Rating, Best Criminal Defense
  • Best Of Thumbtack
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Named Top 100 Attorneys by Phoenix Magazine
  • Ten Best Client Satisfaction Award by American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Some of Arja’s Successful Client Reviews from Google

Name: Matthew Marner Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arja is skilled in all areas of criminal and DUI defense, from the beginning of a case, through investigation, negotiations, and trial. She is well-rounded as a trial lawyer and brings her skills and tenacity to bear, winning cases for her clients that others couldn’t.
Name: Lindsay Palson Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review: I contacted Arja Shah in a desperate time looking for answers for a family member, and I’m so glad I did. Arja has been so phenomenal to work with. She has always gotten back to me immediately even though I had tons of questions. She’s professional, no-nonsense, and really helped guide us through the process. With the legal concerns taken care of, it meant I could continue to focus on my schooling and not stress as much.
Name: David Ellett Rating: 5.0 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review: My son got into an accident. He was unconscious and there were cans of beer all over the car and so he was taken to the hospital. He tested negative for alcohol, but positive for drugs. Charges were filed and several months later we received a notice of hearing. My main concern was to prevent my son from being unduly punished as he has always been the one who gets nailed. In DUI, that can be dangerous. I spent at least a couple of days researching attorneys since we did not know any personally and we only knew one person who was charged with DUI well enough to ask advice. In choosing an attorney, it was most important and difficult to obtain enough relevant information to evaluate them. I looked for an attorney for whom DUI was, at least, a major specialization. Then I compared their ratings and experience and attempted to get some idea of what they might charge. On this basis, I chose Arja Shah and we are so happy I did. Within about 30 days and after a couple of hearings, we were astonished to learn that Ms. Shah was able to get the charges dismissed. We were in no way expecting that. I did not choose the cheapest attorney, but neither could I afford a more expensive one either. In hindsight, I could not have gotten a better attorney no matter how much I spent. Arja is very quick and direct in communicating too. We are so very grateful for her expertise and assistance.

Read All of Shah Law Firm Google Reviews

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“I was totally impressed and grateful for the expertise and successful case Arja handled for me. She answered my calls immediately and saved me a lot of professional and personal heartache. Arja did a great job refuting the State’s evidence and convinced the Prosecutor that my chewing tobacco was a major issue in the case that the officer did not check.”

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Thomas - Super Extreme DUI
Argued Police Stop Protocols and Reduced to a Fine

“Arja represented me for a DUI case in Scottsdale. I met with her immediately after being charged and she very quickly was able to speak to the prosecutor and get my charges reduced after my initial hearings. She was attentive and easy to talk to. She gets results.”

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Jason - Scottsdale DUI
Felony Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

“Arja was extremely knowledgeable and kept us up to date on the entire case. I would hire her and recommend her to anyone- although I hope I never need her help again! But if a problem arises I would be sure to call her!!”

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Maggie - Mesa Super Extreme DUI
Super Extreme DUI Reduced to First Time Regular DUI

“Ms. Shah got my charges completely dismissed. She worked hard, was thorough, and took care of all the details. Seriously, hire her. It’s a complete piece of mind.”

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R. Aguilera - Attempted Murder
Attempted Murder Charges DISMISSED

“During my recent DUI case and time spent working with Arja Shah, I can say I had an absolute positive Experience. She was there to represent me and handle my questions and concerns with ease. Thank you.”

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Michael - Phoenix DUI Arrest
Felony DUI Charge Reduced to a Fine

“I endorse this lawyer. She is knowledgeable as well as up-to-date on the latest case law. She is one of the very few attorneys I would recommend to family or friends.”

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Michael Pittman (Attorney Peer)

“First, Arja is a superb and energetic attorney who is always willing to listen and help out in client cases. Second, she works hard for your case to minimize or eliminate penalties for the charges you are facing. She has a good analytical mind and presents your case successfully. Third, she is approachable even outside work hours if the situation calls for it. Always punctual for meetings. Lastly, she is an affordable attorney in comparison to some big-name law firms where personalized and flexible service is almost impossible. The above review is based on my experience derived from her working on my case.”

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T. McCarty- Extreme DUI Charge Possible 30 Days Jail
Reduced to Reckless Driving and a Fine

“Attorney Arja Shah took the time to compile letters from family members and show the Prosecutor that they lacked evidence to move forward with my case. Arja did what she said she would do and was there to help me. Outstanding Attorney.”

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Andrea- Disorderly Conduct and Domestic Violence
Charged Dismissed

Considering the amount of charges I was facing I ended up with the minimum charges I could have received. If it wasn’t for Ms/Mrs. Shah, I would have had to given up everything. I will forever recommend to anybody in need…

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Tyler Goodwill - DUI
Charges Reduced to Minimum
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