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About Kolsrud Law Office
Kolsrud Law Offices, a renowned federal criminal defense firm established in 2006 by Josh Kolsrud, offers comprehensive legal defense for various federal offenses. Leveraging the experience and expertise of its founder, a former state and federal prosecutor in Maricopa County, Arizona, the firm is uniquely equipped to assist clients in navigating complex federal charges.
Here's a summary of the services provided by Kolsrud Law Offices:
- Domestic Violence
- Assault on a Federal Officer
- Bank Robbery
- Bulk Cash Smuggling
- Counterfeit Money Charges
- Credit Card Fraud
- Cyber Crimes
- Drug Trafficking
- Federal Corporate Fraud
- Federal Firearms Crimes
- Human Trafficking Charges
- Identity Theft Charges
- Illegal Reentry
- Possession of False Documents
- Sealing Criminal Records
- Sex Crimes
- Sex Trafficking
- White Collar Crimes
- Wire Fraud
- Workers Compensation
About Josh Kolsrud
Josh Kolsrud, founder of Kolsrud Law Offices, is a seasoned attorney with significant experience in human trafficking cases. Early in his career, he dealt with thousands of felonies at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, garnering multiple "Attorney of the Month" awards. His compelling trial work led to his engagement by the Republic of Palau to lead an anti-human sex trafficking operation. This successful endeavor rescued hundreds of Filipino girls from sexual slavery and modernized Palau's legal system.
Kolsrud further expanded his human trafficking expertise at the United States Attorney’s Office, where he worked on complex criminal cases, including human smuggling. Recognized as a leader at the State Bar of Arizona and awarded "Litigator of the Year 2022," Kolsrud's robust legal background and proven trial prowess make him a formidable defense attorney in human trafficking cases in Arizona.
About Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a serious crime subject to federal and state laws. At the federal level, human trafficking is governed by several statutes, primarily the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which targets sex trafficking and forced labor. Federal charges typically involve instances where the trafficking operation crosses state or international lines or uses channels of interstate commerce.
Arizona's state laws, on the other hand, more often address cases confined within the state. Under Arizona's law, A.R.S. §13-1307, a person commits human trafficking if they knowingly traffic another person for labor, services, or commercial sexual exploitation.
While federal and state laws have severe penalties, defenses employed by attorneys can vary. Legal defenses often focus on the elements of the offense, like lack of knowledge or intent. In human trafficking cases, attorneys might argue that the accused believed the victim was of legal age or that the accused was not involved in coercion. In labor trafficking cases, an attorney might contend there was no force, fraud, or coercion involved or challenge the credibility of victim testimonies. Understanding the nuances between federal and state charges can greatly influence the defense strategy.
What can you expect from the Kolsrud Law Offices?
When you choose our law firm to represent you in your domestic violence case, you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to defend your rights and protect your interests. We will work tirelessly to investigate the facts of your case, identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and build a strong defense that is tailored to the unique circumstances of your situation.
Our criminal defense team has a deep understanding of Arizona's domestic violence laws, as well as the strategies and tactics that are most effective in defending against these charges. If necessary, we will also fight for you in court, presenting a compelling and persuasive case to a judge or jury. Josh Kolsrud is a skilled trial lawyer who is not afraid to take on even the most challenging cases. We will aggressively advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
CITIES WE SERVE
Kolsrud Law Offices is an esteemed federal criminal defense firm specializing in defending clients charged with federal offenses across several cities in Arizona. Founded by Josh Kolsrud, a former federal prosecutor, the firm leverages its deep understanding of federal laws to serve clients across Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Yuma, Tucson, Glendale, Flagstaff, Nogales, Chandler, and Scottsdale.
They bring their comprehensive expertise to defend a wide spectrum of federal charges, including but not limited to domestic violence, human trafficking, cyber crimes, and white-collar crimes. Through their committed and client-focused approach, Kolsrud Law Offices has established itself as a reliable partner for those seeking a strong defense against federal offenses in Arizona, making a significant difference in the lives of their clients across these cities.
Phoenix, Arizona's capital and its most populous city, is home to a community of over 1.7 million residents, according to 2020 census data. The city's demographics comprise roughly 43% non-Hispanic whites, 42% Hispanic or Latinos, 6% African Americans, and 3% Asians.
Phoenix's court system operates at both the state and federal levels. The Maricopa County Superior Court recognized as one of the nation's largest consolidated court systems annually, oversees many cases encompassing various legal areas like criminal, civil, family, and juvenile law.
The U.S. District Court exercises federal jurisdiction for the District of Arizona, which, given Arizona's geographic position near the U.S.-Mexico border, is among the busiest federal courts in the nation. In 2021, the court managed over 7,000 civil and criminal cases.
Human trafficking, a severe crime, is an area of particular concern in Phoenix, given its border location. In 2019, Arizona surpassed the national average conviction rate for federal offenses, recording an 89% conviction rate compared to the national average of 84%. At the state level, the felony conviction rate approximated 67% in 2020, mirroring the statistics from Maricopa County.
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Chandler, an important city in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, is home to over 250,000 residents. Its population consists of roughly 62% non-Hispanic whites, 20% Hispanic or Latinos, 9% Asians, and 5% African Americans, according to 2020 statistics.
The city's justice system operates at various levels. The Chandler Municipal Court, a part of the city's judicial branch, manages minor offenses like traffic violations, misdemeanors, and city code infringements. More significant criminal matters fall under the purview of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, renowned as one of the most active court systems nationwide.
The U.S. District Court oversees federal cases for the District of Arizona. Because of Arizona's adjacency to Mexico, this court is among the busiest federal courts, administering justice for countless cases annually, including human trafficking charges.
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Flagstaff has a population nearing 75,000. As per the 2020 Census data, the demographic composition is 73% non-Hispanic white, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 11% Native American, and 1% African American.
The Flagstaff Municipal Court, handling city ordinance violations, misdemeanors, and traffic incidents, operates at the local level. More serious criminal cases are taken up by the Coconino County Superior Court, the region's general jurisdiction court, dealing with various criminal and civil cases.
Federal cases, including human trafficking charges, are processed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Due to its geographic positioning near the U.S.-Mexico border, this court is one of the most active federal courts nationwide.
Although specific Flagstaff data is scarce, state-wide statistics provide a general understanding. In 2019, the federal conviction rate in Arizona stood at 89%, surpassing the national average. Regarding state-level felonies, Arizona reported a conviction rate of approximately 67% in 2020, demonstrating the robustness of the state's legal system.
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Glendale, Arizona, situated within the expansive Phoenix metropolitan area, is home to nearly 250,000 residents. The 2020 Census shows its demographics are diverse, with about 50% non-Hispanic white, 37% Hispanic or Latino, 6% African American, and 4% Asian.
The city's legal framework operates across different levels. The Glendale City Court, at the municipal level, focuses on traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and city ordinance violations. More severe crimes, including human trafficking, fall under the jurisdiction of the Maricopa County Superior Court. This court, recognized as one of the nation's largest unified court systems, oversees various cases spanning criminal, civil, family, and juvenile law.
The U.S. District Court processes federal cases in Glendale for the District of Arizona. The court's high caseload can be attributed to Arizona's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Mesa is the third-largest city in the state, with a diverse population approaching 500,000. According to the 2020 Census, the demographic distribution includes about 60% non-Hispanic white, 27% Hispanic or Latino, 4% African American, and 2% Asian.
The judicial system in Mesa spans local, state, and federal levels. The Mesa Municipal Court handles minor offenses like traffic violations, misdemeanors, and city ordinance infractions. However, for more severe crimes, such as human trafficking, jurisdiction is granted to the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the country's busiest and most comprehensive unified court systems.
On the federal level, Mesa falls within the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona's jurisdiction, a court with a high caseload due to Arizona's border with Mexico.
While specific data about Mesa is limited, Arizona's broader legal trends offer an insightful perspective. 2019 Arizona documented a higher-than-average federal conviction rate of about 89%. Similarly, the state felony conviction rate in 2020 stood at around 67%, attesting to the effectiveness of Arizona's legal system.
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Situated in Santa Cruz County, Nogales, Arizona, is a unique border city with a population nearing 20,000. The 2020 Census highlights the city's diversity, with 95% of residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino, making Nogales one of the most ethnically concentrated communities in the state.
Regarding judicial matters, the Nogales Municipal Court deals with less severe offenses, including misdemeanors, traffic violations, and city code breaches. However, for serious offenses such as human trafficking, the jurisdiction lies with the Santa Cruz County Superior Court, which adjudicates various civil and criminal cases.
Due to its geographical location adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border, Nogales is also under the purview of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This court, recognized for its significant caseload, is one of the busiest federal courts in the country, frequently managing an array of immigration and drug trafficking cases.
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Situated in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, Scottsdale boasts a population close to a quarter million. As reported by the 2020 Census, its demographic composition features about 80% non-Hispanic white, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Asian, and 2% African American residents.
Regarding judicial matters, Scottsdale City Court handles misdemeanors, city ordinance infringements, and traffic offenses. For grave charges such as human trafficking, the jurisdiction falls within the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the nation's most populous unified court systems.
On the federal front, Scottsdale lies within the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, known for its busy caseload due to Arizona's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Tempe, located in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona, is recognized for its vibrant culture, population of around 190,000 residents, and the esteemed Arizona State University. According to the 2020 Census, its demographic distribution comprises approximately 58% non-Hispanic white, 22% Hispanic or Latino, 7% African American, and 6% Asian residents.
Judicially, Tempe is serviced by the Tempe Municipal Court, which handles misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and city ordinance violations. More serious crimes, including human trafficking, are under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the largest unified court systems in the nation.
On the federal level, Tempe falls within the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, known for its high caseload due to Arizona's proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Although data specific to Tempe is limited, Arizona's overall case outcomes suggest an efficient legal system. The federal conviction rate in Arizona stood at roughly 89% in 2019, higher than the national average. Additionally, the overall felony conviction rate in Arizona was around 67% in 2020, reflecting the efficacy and thoroughness of the state's legal system.
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In southern Arizona, Tucson is the state's second most populous city, home to approximately 540,000 residents and the University of Arizona. The 2020 Census highlights its diverse demographic composition: around 43% non-Hispanic white, 42% Hispanic or Latino, 5% African American, and 3% Asian residents.
Tucson's judicial structure incorporates the Tucson City Court, which adjudicates misdemeanors, traffic offenses, and violations of city ordinances. For severe crimes, including human trafficking, the Superior Court of Arizona in Pima County takes the reins. This court is one of the largest integrated judicial systems in the nation.
Tucson also comes under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. This court is known for its significant caseload, driven by Arizona's geographical positioning on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Situated at the U.S.-Mexico border, Yuma, Arizona, is well-known for its extreme desert climate and a population of about 100,000 residents. According to the 2020 Census, the city's demographic distribution comprises 50% Hispanic or Latino, 41% non-Hispanic white, 3% African American, and 2% Asian citizens.
The city's judiciary framework encompasses the Yuma Municipal Court, which manages minor offenses such as misdemeanors, traffic violations, and city code infractions. Major offenses, including human trafficking, are under the jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Arizona in Yuma County, an integral part of one of the nation's most expansive integrated court systems.
On the federal level, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona serves Yuma, dealing with many cases attributed to Arizona's geographical proximity to the Mexico border.
Although specific statistics about case outcomes in Yuma are not readily available, Arizona conviction rates can provide valuable insights. In 2019, the state's federal conviction rate was around 89%, notably higher than the national average. For state-level felonies, the conviction rate was approximately 67% in 2020.
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Why Choose Josh Kolsrud
With over 100 trials to his name, and years of experience as a state and federal prosecutor, Josh understands the law, the legal process, and your rights. Josh is also committed to representing every client with utmost integrity and dedication
Josh has prosecuted major crimes on the state and federal level, led a successful anti-human sex trafficking operation that saved lives, and argued before countless juries and justices for his clients
Josh is an expert in both Arizona and federal criminal law, and is ready to put that expertise to work for you.
As a prosecutor, Josh saw far too many defendants lose their livelihood due to poor representation. Josh will always give every client his complete attention and effort