Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Tucson
Tucson Criminal Defense Attorney
Elias Damianakos, Esq.
Collect Calls from Jail also Accepted.
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 6th 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Our Reviews From Google
Mr. Damianakos gave me peace of mind immediately. He explained the process, gave me contacts to get started and got my case dismissed. He is very knowledgeable. His office is is very professional and very helpful. Whatever you got cited for, give him a call to talk about your case, you will not be dissapointed. Highly recommended.
ELIAS WAS AMAZING!! ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. HE HAD MY SON'S BEST INTEREST AT HEART!! COURT DAY HE PUT IT ALL OUT THERE AND THE JUDGE HEARD HIM. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND ELIAS TO FIGHT FOR YOUR LOVED ONE. I AM SO GREATFUL THAT HE WAS OUR ATTORNEY! I WILL FOREVER BE GREATFUL TO HIM. SINCERELY, AND RESPECTFUL JOLENE A GARCIA
Elias was calm and composed throughout the entire ordeal. He made me feel safe and in good hands. He was like a lucky charm for my case. Everything got resolved in a smooth and timely manner. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone I know. I have to give praises to Divine (Elias’s assistant) for Her kindness, patience and excellent, prompt communication.
Very through and professional, explained every step of the process in a manner that we understood and explained our options in detail as well. I would highly recommend his services.