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Richard D Coffinger


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Law Office of Richard D. Coffinger
6838 N 58TH DR, Glendale, Arizona, 85301-3223




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: Criminal Law  

Professional Liability Insurance: No  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1972

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: September 23, 1972

Other Language(s): None



RICHARD D. COFFINGER, 49 years criminal defense attorney, Arizona native.

EDUCATION: Phoenix Central High School (1965); Phoenix College (1967); ASU (BS-Economics-with distinction) (1969); ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (1972).

EMPLOYMENT: Solo criminal defense attorney in Glendale, AZ.

LAW-RELATED ASSOCIATIONS: State Bar of Arizona active member since 1972, Young Lawyers Section, President (1979); elected member Board of Governors (2005-17); Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1987; Maricopa County Bar member since 1972, Young Lawyers Section, President (1978); Arizona Attorney’s for Criminal Justice, Charter Member; West Maricopa County Bar Association, Founding Member and Past President (1995); The Best Lawyers in America (2001 Consumer Guide); LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (2010-present) ; Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-9); Glendale Rotary Club, President (1993) (perfect attendance 44 years); Glendale Downtown Development Corporation, President (1989-1999).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: State v. Sherrill , 1998, client found not guilty by jury of assaulting 15 yr. daughter by spanking with belt, national cable T.V. coverage by former  “Court TV” with Nancy Grace;  State . Demir,  defendant who shot his roommate in chest,  was found not guilty of aggrevated assault at 2nd trial after hung-jury  in 1st trial, Appeals include: State v. Nelson, 208 Ariz. 5, 90 P.3d 206 (App. Div 1, 2004) (Indian tribal police traffic stop off reservation); In re Timothy M., 197 Ariz. 394, 4 P.3d 449 (App.Div. 1, 2000) rev. den. (Juvenile court pleas may be withdrawn prior to court’s acceptance); State v. Seyrafi case, 201 Ariz. 147, 32 P.3d 430, 2001 (Mandatory presumption in city ordinance unconstitutional); State v. Olquin case 216 Ariz. 250, 115 P.3d 228 (App. Div. 1 2007) (Agg DUI with child under age 15 in car); State v. Organ case, 225 Ariz. 43, 234 P.3d 611 (App. Div. 1 2010) (Did the police violatd defendant’s 4th Amendmend right by making a traffic stop of the vehicle he was driving, in spite of the fact that he had not committed any traffic violation, soly in order for the officer to perform a “community care-taker”  “welfare check” on the driver becausethe officer had previously seen the vehicle   stopped on to the side of the road with it emergency  lights flashing)..

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Fraud, Forgery, Habeas Corpus, Grand Jury Practice, Hit and Run, Homicide, International Criminal Law, Forensic Accounting, Identity Theft, Mail Fraud, Malicious Prosecution, Misdemeanors, International Extradition, Manslaughter, Federal Criminal Law, Extradition, Forensic DNA, Felonies, Expungements, Extortion, Electronic Surveillance, Embezzlement, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Antitrust, Death Penalty, Criminal Prosecution, Drivers License Suspension, Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Driving While Intoxicated, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Defense, Civil Fraud, Crime Victims Compensation, Civil Forfeiture, Capital Offenses, Art Fraud, Automobile Fraud, Assault and Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Odometer Tampering, Parole and Probation, Murder, Money Laundering, Sexual Assault, Sex Crimes, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Victims Rights, Vehicular Homicide, White Collar Crime, Weapons Charges, Stalking, Shoplifting, Traffic Violations, Theft, Wire Fraud, White Collar Law, White Collar Criminal Defense, White Collar Fraud, Wiretapping
Juvenile Law Juvenile Education, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Criminal Law


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  • Last Updated: October 21, 2021
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  • Glendale, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: Yes

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