Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Tucson

Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney
Elias Damianakos, Esq.

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177 N. Church Ave. 85701


Experienced Former Prosecutor

Elias Damianakos is an experienced Tucson criminal defense attorney, and has handled hundreds of criminal cases, including as a former Arizona state prosecutor. I have worked for the Tucson Prosecutors Office and the Pima County Attorney’s Office. I am admitted in Arizona, New York, U.S. District Court in Arizona, and the 9th Cir. U.S. Court of Appeals.  I am a former felony and misdemeanor prosecutor, and past nominee for prosecutor of the year in Arizona.

At Damianakos Law Firm, PLLC, we represent clients all across Southern Arizona, including Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Pima County, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Vail and more.

If you have been charged with a crime, you need an attorney that is well versed in local laws and customs, and knows how the local prosecutors and judges operate.  As a Tucson criminal defense attorney and former state prosecutor, Elias Damianakos has the right skills and experience to provide you with the best defense available in your case.  Elias Damianakos helps those who have been arrested and charged with all felonies and misdemeanors crimes in Arizona and under Federal Law.

I believe that every person deserves the best legal representation and his or her day in court.  I provide all of my clients with peace of mind that they their case is the hands of an experienced and aggressive Tucson criminal defense attorney.

Why Criminal Defense in Tucson, Arizona Matters

Arizona has the 5th highest incarceration rate in the United States.  Prosecutors in Arizona are increasingly seeking longer sentences for individuals charged with crimes, and often seek to impose mandatory minimum prison sentences.  Many prosecutor offices in Arizona have designed specialty divisions such as domestic violence units and property crimes units that focus resources and personnel with the one objective of a getting a conviction.  These units are heavily funded by the government, and are staffed with highly trained prosecutors and legal support staff.  In today’s ever increasing prosecutorial climate, your best defense against the weight of the resources of the state is to have an experienced Tucson criminal defense attorney by your side.

Importance of Selecting an Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney with a Proven Track Record of Success

In Arizona, a criminal arrest or conviction can cost a person their job, their housing, and can even affect child custody rights. I have successfully defended hundreds of people from various types of backgrounds – including doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers, military and law enforcement personnel, and business people – in a variety of types of criminal cases including murder, drug offenses, domestic violence, probation violations, criminal traffic offenses, driving under the influence (DUI), theft, and shoplifting. With over 15 years of experience, Elias Damianakos understands that defending yourself against “the system” has become more and more difficult as prosecution offices have unlimited resources to prosecute you.  Because of this, choosing the right attorney is very important decision. It is important to choose an attorney that has the right “fit” for the case and the issues involved.


How To Choose a Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney that’s Right For me?

The process in choosing the right attorney to represent you is not much different than the process you go through when making other important decisions in your life — you need to make an informed, educated decision about the attorney who will best represent your interests.  Here are 3 tips on how to choose a lawyer.

1.  Consult with more than one attorney.  You should interview him or her as if you were interviewing them for a job because in reality, you are hiring a person for a job — to protect and represent your legal interests.  Your chances of hiring the right lawyer increase if you treat the attorney selection process this way.  For example, you need to find out about the attorney’s experience in your particular legal matter, their knowledge of local court practice, and their working relationship with the judges, prosecutors, and staff who will be involved in the case.

2.  Always speak with the actual attorney.  Do not settle for consulting with a firm manager, an associate,  a paralegal, or other staff member. The attorney you choose should be willing to personally meet with you to discuss your matter, and should be the only person who handles your case.

3.  Beware of pushy salesman tactics. If you start to feel like you’re buying a used car, go with your gut, and move on to another attorney. No attorney can guarantee a specific result. A lawyer can only offer a probable, realistic outcome, based on his or her experience.


Do You Offer Free Consultations?

Yes.  There is no fee for consultations.  During the initial consultation, we will discuss your legal matter, your legal options, and a strategy for the best possible resolution to your case.  The initial consultation creates no obligation on your part. If after the consultation you decide to hire us to formally represent you, we will enter into a retainer agreement, and our office will officially represent you in your matter.  Contact us for to schedule a free consultation.

Tucson’s Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney

Damianakos Law Firm, PLLC. is located on 177 N Church Ave Suite 605 Tucson. From Tucson International Airport (TUS) head south on S Tucson Blvd and slight left toward S Tucson Blvd. Then sharp left onto S Tucson Blvd and continue onto E Benson Hwy. Next, turn right onto S Park Ave and use the right lane to merge onto I-10 W via the ramp to Phoenix. After that use the right lane to take exit 258 toward Congress St/St Marys Rd and use the right lane to merge onto S Freeway. At this point turn right onto W Congress St and turn left onto N Granada Ave. Finally, turn right onto W Alameda St and turn left onto N Court Ave. Damianakos Law Firm, PLLC. will be on your right.


~ Our Firm's Philosophy ~

“Each client I represent gets 100% of my attention and no case is unimportant.”

Finding Experienced Legal Representation for Your Case

Elias Damianakos is a former prosecutor, which gives him a unique perspective on criminal defense. His firsthand knowledge of the court system is one of the most valuable experiences any criminal defense attorney can bring to the table. Elias Damaniakos aggressively an effectively represents people in Tucson facing many types of criminal charges.


Criminal Record Expungement

Arizona Law requires that all arrests remain on your record for 99 years. If you want equal opportunity for getting a job or securing housing, your record may act as a barrier between your past and your future freedom. Your options for criminal record expungement depend upon the circumstances of your conviction. We’re prepared to discuss those options with you.


DUI Crimes

The State of Arizona is notoriously strict in punishing DUIs. A DUI conviction will always mean a mandatory ignition interlock device on every vehicle you may drive – including your work vehicle. You’ll need a competent attorney to help you navigate such a serious charge. A DUI comes with long term consequences, with subsequent offenses leading to extended jail terms and permanent loss of driving privileges. Prevent these consequences or minimize them with experienced legal representation.


Drug Crimes

The Arizona Court System aggressively pursues all drug charges, with a special emphasis placed on methamphetamine related charges. If you’re facing drug charges, a competent attorney is the most important tool to have at your disposal.  Recent law changes regarding marijuana are opening new avenues for people previously convicted of marijuana related offenses. We can help to strike your previous charges from the record.


Assault Charges

Every story has two sides, and Elias Damianakos will see to it that the court hears yours. Self defense, defense of a third person, and defense of property can be considered reasonable justification for your actions in an assault case. There are circumstances under which you may have been acting to protect yourself or another person. This is not a crime and should not be considered one. We’ll work with you to prepare evidence that illuminates the whole picture.


Criminal Damage

Criminal damage cases can be a challenge to navigate. The court has to prove that the individual charged with criminal damage acted recklessly, and the word “reckless” comes with a low threshold. As a former prosecutor, Elias Damianakos is familiar with the ambiguity of “reckless” and understands how to properly defend someone facing criminal damage charges.


Criminal Trespass

Criminal trespass refers to the entering of a space owned by another individual without their permission or the refusal to leave a space owned by someone else. Criminal trespass can be charged in varying degrees, alongside other charges or as a sole offense. Often, criminal trespass charges come in conjunction with domestic violence charges. Both of these offenses are serious and can be charged as felonies. If you’re facing a criminal trespass charge, contact us right away.


Criminal Traffic, Racing, and Speeding

Some traffic offenses will fetch you a ticket. Others will fetch you charges. Exceeding the speed limit by 20mph or greater, speeding in a school zone, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and racing are charges that can significantly complicate your ability to enjoy your driving privilege. Repeat offenses can lead to prolonged suspension or even permanent revocation of your license. Don’t take your chances. Call a lawyer.


Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct charges are usually misdemeanors, and their definition is broad. Anything that “disturbs the peace” can be considered disorderly conduct. These charges often come with other charges as the result of a domestic dispute or an out of hand situation that involved the use of alcohol. Elias Damianakos has successfully defended people charged with disorderly conduct under a wide variety of circumstances.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges often involve a wealth of evidence on both sides. The court has to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that your actions constitute domestic violence. You may have photos, videos, emails, text messages, voicemails, or Facebook messages that show another side to the story. Gather your evidence and contact us. We’ll help you demonstrate the truth to the court.


Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are among the most serious crimes anyone can be charged with. Homicide, sex crimes, firearms crimes, high level narcotics charges, illegal entry or re-entry into the country, and white collar crimes are all charged as federal crimes. If you’re facing a federal charge, do not speak to anyone until you’ve called us. These charges are serious, and you need aggressive and competent legal representation immediately.


Juvenile Crimes

Kids and teens deserve the best possible defense they can get. Young people often find themselves in situations they hadn’t anticipated, or they fail to understand the consequences of their actions. Although juveniles are sent to a different kind of court, that court still has the ability to significantly impact their lives. Elias Damianakos has experience representing defendants under the age of 18 in Juvenile Court.


Probation Violation

Tucson is notoriously strict when it comes to probation violations. The state often recommends prison for violators without hesitation. Circumstances like failure to maintain employment or failure to report can have serious consequences that inevitably lead directly to an arrest warrant. The moment you face charges for violation of probation, you need adequate and aggressive legal representation. Elias Damianakos’s past experience as a prosecutor gives him the necessary insight to effectively represent people facing these charges.

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Our Reviews From Google

This Law firm is Highly professional and actually cares about you! They will fight til the very end for you! Very pleased!!! And not that I plan on having any more trouble to deal with, I will definitely keep them in mind in the future to deal with if anything happens to arise 😊 So do yourself a favor and give Damianakos law firm a try! You won’t regret it.

August 24, 2022

I am very Satisfied with the service all the way around at Damianakos Law Firm! Elias is a very knowledgeable attorney who really puts forth great effort to fight for you. Divine his assistant, was always so pleasant to deal with. And they handled everything beyond expectations! They are a Very professional law firm, who provide amazing representation!…and I wouldn’t look no further.

Jenevie Flores Avatar Jenevie Flores
August 24, 2022

Mr. Damianakos has been a great help and has allowed me to settle with the court system! His excellence is very much appreciated.

Drew Dixon Avatar Drew Dixon
July 14, 2022

Thank you so much for help my out with my case you are the best

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July 14, 2022