Kristopher Califano

Kristopher Califano

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Law Office of Kristopher Califano, PLLC
 | 722 E. Osborn Rd, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: 602-402-8708
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Califano is dedicated to aggressively protecting the rights of the accused. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to practice in state and federal court. Mr. Califano has represented nearly one thousand clients and is an experienced trial lawyer.

He has substantial criminal-defense experience and has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from minor traffic offenses to murder.

He has represented several hundred clients charged with DUI and has conducted seminars for other attorneys about DUI laws and trial strategy when defending DUI cases.

Mr. Califano is results oriented. He has obtained multiple felony and misdemeanor dismissals, lenient plea offers, and lenient jury-trial verdicts.

He credits his success to his knowledge of the law, his strong motion practice, jury appeal, work ethic, and firm negotiation tactics. He recognizes that there are two sides to any story, and is committed to strenuously arguing the law and facts for his clients.

Mr. Califano graduated from prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law. He was born and raised in Phoenix and attended Brophy College Preparatory for high school. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona in journalism, where he published stories monitoring the criminal justice system.

He remains committed to the Arizona community and committed to ensuring that law enforcement officials do not violate the rights and freedom of members of his home state.

White Papers

  • City of Phoenix Verdict -

    Not Guilty Verdict

    Client charged with a crime for causing an accident that resulted in death.  Multiple expert witnesses testified.  Not Guilty Verdict on All criminal Charges.  Not Responsible Verdict on All Civil Charges. 

  • About Kristopher Califano

    Admitted: 2007, Arizona

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 40 Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
    • 10/10 rating, Client's Choice, AVVO, 2014
    • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, AV Preeminent.  Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethics, AV Preeminent - Highest Rating, Martindale Hubbel, 2014
    • Top DUI Lawyer, North Valley News, 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Arizona State Bar member, 2007

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Men's Art Council volunteer/contributor, 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Seminar style presentation to other lawyers regarding tactics in remanding felony DUI charges to the grand jury.  , Speaker, Felony DUI Remand Motions, APDA, 2011
    • Seminar style presentation to other lawyers.  The topic dealt with clearing and sealing criminal records pursuant to A.R.S. 13-4051.  , Speaker, Motions to Clear and Seal Records, APDA, 2016
    • Was asked by the Arizona Public Defender Association to speak at the largest criminal defense conference in the state.  The continuing legal education course related to DUI strategies in blood draw cases.  , Speaker, Cross Examining Phlebotomist, APDA, 2018


    • 10+ Domestic Violence cases dismissed in 2015, 2015
    • White Collar.  Victim alleged employee stole nearly 100K spanning several years.  Settlement negotiated- probation on all charges and ability to designate offense misdemeanor.  , 2016
    • Criminal Speed - Dismissed, 2018
    • Suspended License - Fourth Amendment Violation.  All evidence supressed.  Charge dismsised., 2018
    • .083 jury verdict - not guilty , 2015
    • DUI case dismissed prior to trial, 2015
    • 2 cases sperate jury verdicts -Not guilty extreme DUI, 2016
    • Not Guilty Verdict - Causing Death During Traffic Accident Client released of all punishments.  , 2018
    • Minor in Consumption - Fake ID - All charges dismissed.  No diversion or classes necessary., 2018
    • .243 BAC -jury verdict -not guilty on all charges    , 2015
    • Sex case dismissed prior to trial, 2015
    • 15 Domestic violence cases dismissed, 2016
    • 2017 Drug DUI dismissed, City of Phoenix, 2017
    • Domestic Violence -Disorderly Conduct -  dismissed, 2018
    • Causing Death in a Traffic Accident Not Guilty Verdict on All Charges Client released from all punishments, 2018
    • Hit and Run - all charges dismissed, 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • I have represented several hundered clients. Many of whom are small business owners, professionals, and other respected members of the community.  I have also been hired by billion-dollar international transportation companies to represent their Arizona contractors when they are cited or arrested.     My representation style acknowledges that anybody can make a mistake and every person, regardless of the allegation, deserves the most competent defense.  I regularly employ expert witnesses and private investigators to present the most persuasive defense possible.      , 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Pepperdine School of Law, 2004
    • Brophy College Prep., 1995
    • University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts, 1999
    Office Location for Kristopher Califano

    722 E. Osborn Rd
    Suite 120
    Phoenix, AZ 85014

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    Last Updated: 11/15/2018

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