Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

The Salvatierra Law Group is dedicated to immigration and nationality law, as well as criminal defense of noncitizens in state and federal court. We focus on family based immigration petitions, deportation defense, and victim advocacy, while also handling a substantial amount of appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Firm actively seeks to change immigration policy at the local and national level through casework.


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.

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.

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.

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. You can be charged with identity theft if you present any information that is not yours, whether it belongs to a real or fictitious person.

Illegal Reentry to the United States: Returning to the United States after receiving a deportation order is a felony offense that can lead to a substantial prison sentence, especially if the individual has prior criminal history.

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.


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.

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. Theft itself can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the item involved and the circumstances surrounding the offense. Other types of theft-related crimes include Shoplifting, Criminal Trespass, Auto Theft, Extortion, and Check Fraud, to name a few.

Weapons 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.

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