Special Crimes

Attorneys in the Special Crimes Bureau have extensive experience and specialized expertise to prosecute unique and often complex crimes, including:

  • Arson – Special Crimes attorneys assist fire department officials with arson investigations and prosecute individuals accused of committing arson. They also handle cases that involve the illegal use or manufacture of explosives as well as bomb threats.
  • Home invasion/kidnapping – These crimes often involve a combination of burglary, kidnapping and extortion offenses and are investigated by the Phoenix Police Department’s HIKE (Home Invasion and Kidnapping Enforcement) unit and other law enforcement agencies in cooperation with the Special Crimes Bureau.
  • Human smuggling – Special Crimes attorneys are responsible for prosecuting violent “drop house” operators involved in kidnapping, extortion and aggravated assault. These cases are investigated by multi-agency Illegal Immigration Prevention and Apprehension Co-op Teams (IIMPACT).
  • Prostitution – Special Crimes attorneys assist in the investigation and prosecution of enterprise-level criminals operating organized prostitution rings.
  • Public corruption – These cases cover a variety of white collar crimes and corruption offenses involving public officials or law enforcement officials.

In prosecuting these offenses, the Special Crimes Bureau frequently partners with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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