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Mesa Criminal Defense Attorneys

Domestic Violence

Have you been charged with a domestic violence offense in City Court or Justice Court?  Do you wonder how these charges may affect a divorce or post-decree family law matter?  There are many different charges that may qualify as domestic violence: assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, and others.  You need to consult with a Mesa criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable about the implications and interactions between domestic violence and family to protect your rights and ensure that your family law matter is not adversely affected.

At Gillespie, Shields and Durrant, we have highly skilled attorneys who practice in the areas of family law and criminal law. Our Mesa criminal defense attorneys are very familiar with the effects of domestic violence charges in accompanying family law matters.  Don’t risk retaining an attorney who has no idea what a family law judge will do about a domestic violence charge when your custody or parenting time with your children are on the line.  Even if you don’t have a family law matter now, a divorce or custody action could follow your domestic violence charge, and it pays to head these issues off before they become a problem.

Setting Aside/Expungement/Restoration of Rights

Have you been convicted of a crime?  Does that conviction embarrass you or make your life difficult in getting a job or an apartment? Have you lost your civil rights to vote or to own a firearm?  Your Mesa Criminal Defense Attorneys provide services to help you set guilt aside and have your rights returned to you.  The procedure is different depending on whether your conviction was for a misdemeanor or a felony, but attorneys at Gillespie, Shields and Durrant are highly skilled and prepared to help you with a misdemeanor conviction, a felony conviction, or both.
If you have tried to handle these issues on your own in the past and failed, let mesa criminal defense attorneys at Gillespie, Shields and Durrant take a look at your case and see if they can help you put your past behind you and get started towards a bright future.

Drug Charges

Drug Charges are some of the most serious crimes you can be charged with in Arizona.  If you are convicted of a drug offense, you face serious fines, incarceration or both.  Drug charges can be filed for being in possession of any illegal substance.  If you have a large amount of the substance, you can be charged with intent to sell or transportation, which are even more serious charges with even more serious fines and prison sentences.  Drug charges may include but are not limited to: possession of a narcotic, distributing a narcotic, selling a narcotic, obtaining prescriptions by fraud, or growing or cultivating narcotics.  You can also be charged for having or using a legal drug if you do so without a prescription.  Illegal drugs may include, but are not limited to, items as marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, oxycontin, or cocaine.

Remember that being charged with a crime is not the same thing as being guilty.  There are many important steps that can be taken in your case to defend against these charges.  Your Mesa criminal defense attorneys at Gillespie Shields and Durrant are experienced in defending against drug-related charges.  Please contact us at Gillespie Shields and Durrant for a free consultation if you are charged with one of these crimes.


If you are being charged with DUI, this means that you are being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.  There are many different levels and/or categories of DUI, however, all of them are severely punishable under Arizona law.  If you are charged with a DUI, you should seek legal advice from a Mesa criminal defense attorney to ensure your rights are protected and that all parts of the State’s case against you are sufficient. mesa criminal defense attorney

There are many steps to analyzing a DUI.  To properly analyze a DUI case, one must evaluate and 1) ensure the officer has reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop in the first place, 2) ensure that the defendant charged was actually in physical control or behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time of the stop, 3) ensure that there was reasonable suspicion to request field sobriety tests, 4) ensure whether there was cause to ask for a breath and/or blood test 5) ensure that Miranda rights were issues before statements were made, 6) ensure that the officer properly conducted the breath analyzer test and waited the necessary deprivation period, 7) ensure that the officer followed proper protocol in the event blood was drawn, and 8) ensure there was probable cause for the arrest. These factor, and others, must be investigated. DUI cases are highly scientific and if not properly analyzed, Defendants who are charged with these crimes are not protected.   It imperative that the proper analysis is performed in your case!

Sanctions for DUI are strict, so it is important that you get legal advice before acting on your own.  Drivers who are charged with DUI may face imprisonment, mandatory fines, license suspensions, and more.  Additionally, the State of Arizona views driving as a privilege, not a right, and therefore the state may suspend your license.  It may be important to conduct an administrative hearing as well.  Do not attempt to defend yourself, without legal advice, you may be making a huge mistake.  If you are charged with a DUI, please contact a DUI attorney from Gillespie Shields and Durrant for proper representation.  Call your Mesa criminal defense attorney today at 480-757-0001 if you seek legal advice regarding DUI, or any other alcohol or drug related