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It is never easy to deal with a criminal charge. In fact, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about your future. That is why at my law firm, Julie M. McDonald, PC, I am here to help you fight for justice, no matter what charges you are facing.

I have decades of experience in combating various criminal charges from misdemeanors all the way to first-degree murder. I am one of the few criminal defense attorneys in Arizona that has the honor to be a certified specialist in criminal law. There is no case that is too big for me to handle.

Get in touch with me today in Yuma, Arizona, for a defense strategy you can trust. I also defend those fighting prosecution in the surrounding areas of Somerton, San Luis, and Wellton. Contact me today, and let me take over your criminal trial for you.


In the state of Arizona, you can be charged with a DUI if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over 0.08% or if a police officer determines that you are intoxicated and impaired to drive by the slightest degree. However, it is not as simple as that.

If you are a commercial driver, the BAC limit is 0.04%. If you are under the age of 21, it is illegal to drive with any alcohol in your system. If you are convicted of a DUI in Arizona, you could face penalties such as fines, loss of driver’s license up to a year, jail time, and more. If you have been arrested for a DUI, whether it was at a sobriety checkpoint or anywhere else, contact me in Yuma for knowledgeable representation.

Drug Charges

The drug laws in Arizona are straightforward, you cannot knowingly possess or use illegal drugs. If you are caught with a number of drugs that meet a threshold amount, it may be assumed that you are intending to sell or distribute the drugs. The threshold amount for common drugs are:

  • Two pounds of marijuana

  • Nine grams of methamphetamine

  • Nine powdered grams of cocaine or ¾ grams of cocaine in rock form

  • One gram of heroin

  • ½ millimeter of LSD

If you have been charged with a drug crime like possession, distribution, or trafficking, reach out to me immediately, and I will fight for your best deal.

Seek an attorney who will fight for you, not as a client, but as a friend.

Violent Crimes

Cases involving violent crimes are handled with the utmost seriousness in Arizona. I have handled many first-degree felony cases and will never back down from a fight, no matter what. If you have been accused of murder, assault and battery, domestic violence, or any other violent crime in Arizona, get in touch with me today so I can take over your case. I am located in Yuma but represent those fighting charges in Somerton, San Luis, and Wellton, Arizona, as well.

Misdemeanors in Arizona

A misdemeanor is a crime that is not as severely punished as a felony but can still affect the rest of your life. In many cases, with a good criminal defense attorney, felonies can be argued down to misdemeanors, meaning you could receive a lighter sentence.

Being convicted of a misdemeanor in Arizona can be punishable from anywhere between one to six months in jail, fines of up to $2,5000, and probation. If you are facing misdemeanor charges in Arizona, contact me to start pursuing a favorable outcome.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

I know how challenging it can be to face a criminal charge. That is why I want to take over your case and lead you through the entire process. If you have been arrested for any crime, whether it is a first-degree felony or a misdemeanor, contact me today in Yuma, Arizona, to schedule a free consultation. I'm ready to begin creating a bold strategy geared toward the justice you deserve. I also represent those in the neighboring communities of Somerton, San Luis, and Wellton.