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Criminal Defense
Criminal Defense

At the Salvatierra Law Group we specialize in the criminal defense of non-citizens in state and federal court. We focus on getting justice for underrepresented groups—our criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in immigration law too, utilizing the intersection of both to provide our clients expert legal counsel. We do a substantial amount of appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Our Firm actively seeks to change immigration policy at the local and national level through criminal defense casework right here in Arizona.

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Learn more about the intersection of immigration law and criminal defense caswork

We represent clients in Phoenix and beyond in various matters involving immigration law. Salvatierra Law Group ’s team of top-rated attorneys has a winning record that reflects our grasp of sophisticated legal matters. Find out how our criminal defense attorneys in Arizona can best serve you.

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    Assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the harm inflicted or intended, and may be enhanced if a weapon is used or a domestic relationship exists between the suspect and the victim.

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    Birth Certificate Cancellation

    Exercising an individual’s right to retain their birth certificate when the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Vital Records, utilizes its wide discretion to seek cancellation.

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    Using force to take an item or property from another is considered robbery even if a weapon is not used. Robbery is charged as a class 4 felony, while Armed Robbery is a class 2 felony.

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    Drug Crimes

    Drug charges vary depending on the type and quantity of the drug involved, as well as the circumstances of the individual’s conduct. Our office handles every variation of drug offense, including drug possession, distribution, trafficking, possession for sale, paraphernalia, and manufacturing/cultivation.

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    Resisting Arrest

    Resisting Arrest is charged as a class 6 felony and covers a very broad range of conduct. Merely pulling away from a police officer after being grabbed or taking an offensive posture (fighting stance) when he or she is attempting to take you into custody is sufficient to be charged with resisting arrest.

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    Setting Aside Convictions

    Arizona’s rehabilitative statute affords individuals the opportunity to set-aside and minimize the consequences of a criminal conviction if certain conditions are met.

  • Theft Crimes

    Arizona law criminalizes the taking or attempted taking of property under several different statutes. The theft itself can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item involved and the circumstances surrounding the offense.

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    Weapon Charges

    Although Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, a number of individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are not permitted to own or possess a firearm.

  • Forgery and Identity theft

    In Arizona, forgery and identity theft charges are often levied against individuals who secure employment by providing false information during the hiring process. Being charged for identity theft does not necessarily mean that you have actually stolen another person’s identity.

Our Phoenix based legal team is ready to serve you—book a consultation today!