The City of Sahuarita, south of Tucson, is generally a family-centric, peaceful city. However, criminal matters do arise there now and then, and are often handled in Pima County’s court system. Although our office is in Tucson, Giordano & Heckele, PLLC often handles criminal cases for clients in Sahuarita.

Sahuarita Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening experience. However, a criminal attorney with the knowledge and experience of a former prosecutor can help you deal with your case and work to preserve your rights.

Our Sahuarita criminal defense attorney, a local resident familiar with the area and its laws and ordinances, handles the following matter types:

Drug Possession

Charges for drug possession and other drug-related offenses can vary from misdemeanors to felonies, and the penalties for convictions are wide-ranging as well. You may face fines, jail time, or even prison depending upon the type of offense, and whether you already have a record of similar charges. At Giordano & Heckele, our criminal defense attorney can help explain your situation and prepare your defense.

Minor in Possession of Alcohol

The legal drinking age in Sahuarita is 21, consistent with federal law. Despite these laws, minors are sometimes able to obtain alcohol using false identification, theft, or from over-age friends and family. If caught by police authorities, they can be charged with Minor in Possession, which can have serious consequences. If you or your child have been charged with Minor in Possession, call our office to set up a consultation today.

Minor DUI (Baby DUI)

A minor driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs can face serious consequences under Arizona Law. The offender is likely to lose driving privileges, be required to complete counseling and community service, and pay heavy fines. The road through the legal system when charged with a DUI can be challenging for a family that doesn’t have experience dealing with these charges. We recommend you call the Sahuarita DUI attorneys you can trust at Giordano & Heckele, PLLC to set up a consultation.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence charges can be leveled against you if you are accused of assaulting, threatening or harassing someone in your household. These charges can sometimes be accompanied by an Injunction Against Harassment or an Order of Protection, which can preclude you from inhabiting your own home. If you have been charged with Domestic Violence, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to gather evidence on your behalf and defend your rights. Call us today to speak with our former prosecutor about your case.

Orders of Protection (“Restraining Order”)

Orders of Protection can be obtained from the court with fairly little difficulty. However, having one issued by the court is only the first step to making sure you are protected. The second step, serving an Order of Protection, may initiate the enforceability of the order, but it also gives the opposing party the opportunity to contest it. Get in touch with us today if you need to defend an Order of Protection, or if you want to contest one.

Reckless Driving

Racing up and down the freeway between Tucson, Sahuarita and Nogales might seem fun, but a conviction for Reckless Driving can result in 2 years of jail time and heavy fines. Penalties may be even more strict if any criminal damage is done to public or private property. The Sahuarita criminal defense attorney at Giordano & Heckele, PLLC can help collect evidence from the State and prepare you for court.

Sahuarita DUI Attorney

Driving under the influence carries some of the harshest penalties of any misdemeanor criminal offense, especially if you have been convicted of DUI in the past. If you are charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you could lose your driving privileges, be required to install an ignition interlock device, serve jail time, pay heavy fines, and be required to complete drug or alcohol and MADD counseling.

Although legal services may not be cheap, they can help mitigate the long-term effects of a DUI conviction that could cost much more in fines and missed employment opportunities. If you are charged with a DUI, contact our former criminal prosecutor today to set up a consultation by emailing [email protected], or calling us at (520) 352-0008.