Several crimes are commonly committed in the Benson region, including property crime, domestic violence, and DUI. Many experts attribute a high unemployment rate (7.5%) and low average salaries as major contributors to the high crime rates in this city. While crime exists in Benson, there is a strong criminal justice system as well, and the city is always trying to make Benson a peaceful city to live in. Benson criminal defense attorneys play an important role in representing the city's citizens.

Criminal Attorney in Benson

Criminal charges can instantly put your way of life in jeopardy, influencing your employment, housing, as well as the lives of the people around you. Giordano & Heckele is proud to offer Benson criminal defense legal services, and is familiar with its criminal justice system.

We have experience in handling different types of Benson criminal defense cases, including:

Drug Possession

Drug possession may be considered a felony or a misdemeanor in the state of Arizona and has a wide range of possible punishments depending on the classification of the offense. An individual may be subject to imprisonment for up to 2 years in a felony matter, and potentially more based on any prior convictions of a similar nature among other factors.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol

Arizona law aims to reduce consumption of alcohol for individuals under the age of twenty-one (21) years of age. For this reason, there are strict laws prohibiting such conduct. If you are caught with alcohol under the age of 21, you might be subject to a fine, probation or, in some cases, jail time depending on the facts of your case. Use of a fake ID to purchase alcohol or using another person to gain access to alcohol is generally considered a misdemeanor and is punishable under state law.

Under 21 Liquor in System and Driving (Baby DUI)

The criminal charge of Under 21 Liquor in System and Driving (also called “Baby DUI” cases) are treated different from standard DUI cases where the driver is 21 years old or over. Penalties for a conviction can carry a mandatory two (2) year license suspension with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department. Given the complexities of these types of cases, it is not recommended to handle such matters independently, and Giordano & Heckele has Benson criminal defense attorneys with legal experience handling such cases.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious crime, and prosecuted more severely in Arizona than in many other states. The designation of an offense as Domestic Violence is controlled by the relationship between the Defendant the alleged Victim. This can include not only spouses, but other parties as well including your romantic partners, former romantic partners, parents, siblings, etc. Assault-related conduct, threatening language, and harassment are among several offenses that can be considered domestic violence, and can result in your arrest. Such acts may be considered misdemeanors or felonies, based on several factors. Given the complexities of these types of cases and penalties you can be subject to, it is not recommended to handle such matters independently, and Giordano & Heckele has attorneys with legal experience handling such cases.

Orders of Protection (“Restraining Orders”) and Injunctions Against Harassment

If you have either obtained an Order of Protection (“Restraining Order”) or an Injunction Against Harassment, and are seeking legal representation to assist you in having it upheld following a request for hearing by the Defendant, or you have had an Order of Protection or an Injunction against Harassment entered against you and are seeking legal representation to assist you in having it dismissed or modified, Giordano & Heckele has Benson criminal defense attorneys with legal experience handling such cases in either scenario.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a serious misdemeanor offense in Arizona and is punishable under state law, in addition to carrying possible Arizona Motor Vehicle Department consequences. The attorneys at Giordano & Heckele have experience addressing and assisting in resolving charges of reckless driving and are ready to assist.

DUI Attorney in Benson

Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most highly committed crimes in the state and if you are criminally charged, you will come face-to-face with the criminal justice system and charge(s) stemming from a detailed investigation conducted by the officer involved in your arrest. Hiring a competent and capable DUI attorney is essential in advancing your defense aggressively.

DUI laws in the state of Arizona are extremely tough. DUI cases can be broken down into three types:

  • Standard DUI
  • Extreme DUI
  • Aggravated DUI

The penalties in a DUI matter largely depend on the type of DUI. First time offenders can be fined upwards of $2,000.00, be ordered to serve a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in jail, pay restitution for any property damage to alleged victims, serve a 12-month period of probation, attend a one-time MADD class, complete an alcohol evaluation and counseling and alcohol education class, have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicle for a period of twelve (12) months, and be subject to a period of suspension of their driver’s license.

It is important that you get in touch with an attorney regarding any DUI charges you are facing as quickly as possible. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and chemical tests are typically conducted within a few hours of police contact, hence, delay in speaking with or hiring an attorney can prove to be very costly.

Giordano & Heckele has specifically assisted individuals charged with a wide range of criminal and DUI related offenses and can assist you in putting forth a calculated defense aimed at dismissal or an acceptable plea offer in your matter. Call us today at (520) 352-0008 or email [email protected]">[email protected] to speak with a Benson defense attorney from our office.