- Criminal Law/Defense
- Traffic/Vehicular Crimes
Karl A. Mueller was born in Los Angeles, California and is the oldest of 6 children. Mr. Mueller has a Juris Doctorate Degree which he received in 1996 from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Mueller also attended the University of Montana Law School in Missoula, Montana as a visiting student during his final year of law school. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Mueller also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and an Associate of Arts Degree in the Administration of Justice. Mr. Mueller purposely focused his higher education on curriculum that he felt would make him a successful criminal trial lawyer. Mr. Mueller spent many years practicing the art of persuasion while simultaneously completing the same curriculum as law enforcement officers. Mr. Mueller understands the many facets and perspectives of the criminal justice system.
Mr. Mueller is an accomplished experienced trial lawyer who began trying criminal cases over 15 years ago while he was still a law student working for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Mr. Mueller has been a lawyer in the State of Arizona for over 12 years. He is experienced in both metropolitan and rural courtrooms, and is licensed to practice law in the States of Arizona, California, and Montana as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court. Mr. Mueller has been asked and appointed by the Arizona State Bar to serve as an arbitrator in disputes between individuals and their lawyers.
Mr. Mueller stopped counting jury trials several years ago after he successfully completed 100 jury trials. Mr. Mueller has handled criminal cases from Homicides to Possession of a Gila Monster. Mr. Mueller handles all types of misdemeanor and felony matters. Mr. Mueller has also had the opportunity to gain experience in appeals and habeas corpus proceedings with the Los Angles District Attorney's Office. Mr. Mueller spent pent over 5 years in the Special and Major Crimes Divisions of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office focused on the prosecution of Aggravated DUI and vehicular homicide cases. Mr. Mueller has also successfully handled over 100 civil traffic violations, and still enjoys handling civil traffic matters.
Currently Mr. Mueller focuses exclusively on criminal defense. Mr. Mueller's criminal defense practice has the added depth of his experience in handling personal injury, wrongful death and family law matters. This rounded experience often assists him in addressing his client's over all concerns and needs in his criminal defense practice.
Mr. Mueller has extensive law enforcement and prosecutorial training which he uses to gain an advantage in defense of clients. Some of this training includes collision investigation and accident reconstruction. Mr. Mueller has been called to countless on scene vehicular homicide and serious injury investigations. Mr. Mueller has also been trained and successfully completed law enforcement courses in FST (Field Sobriety Testing) HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) and DRE (Drug Recognition Expert). Mr. Mueller has taught as an instructor in both the HGN and DRE programs as well as other law enforcement and prosecutorial related programs, some of which he developed.
Mr. Mueller has been involved in well over a thousand DUI cases. He has been called upon to offer expert opinion in civil matters on the prosecution of DUI cases. Mr. Mueller was also asked to work with prosecutors and defense attorneys to spearhead the re-write of the DUI, vehicular homicide, and other vehicular felony jury instructions.
Having spent many years as a prosecutor allows Mr. Mueller to evaluate your case not only from a defense perspective, but Mr. Mueller can also see your case just like the prosecutor who will be trying to convict you. This gives you a distinct advantage. Mr. Mueller has the trial experience and the extraordinary talent to achieve successful results in your criminal case.
Mr. Mueller carefully handles all his client's cases personally. Mr. Mueller is a firm believer in making himself available to his clients, and can be reached 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.
Current Employment Position
- Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Attorney
- Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Attorney
- Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
- Juris Doctorate - 1996
- University of Montana School of Law, Missoula, Montana
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court
- Prosecutor of the Year - MADD
- Prosecutor of the Year - MCAO
- Crime Victim's Rights Special Award
- Lifeguard of the Year, City of Whittier, California
- State Bar of Arizona, Member
- State Bar of California, Member
- State Bar of Montana, Member
- Arizona Attorney's for Criminal Justice, Member
- Arizona State Bar, Arbitrator