Profile of Attorney Steven D. West
Southern Arizona criminal Defense Lawyer
Serving Tucson, Pima County, The University of Arizona and Davis-Montham Air Base
I am a criminal defense attorney because I value individual liberty. I believe that my clients are, by law, innocent until proven guilty and are entitled to a competent criminal defense strategy and an effective attorney. If the government has charged you with a crime — no matter how serious or how minor — I believe that there is always something that can be done for you.
Put My Experience on Your Side
Since my first trial in 1984, I have been working in the criminal justice system. At that trial in Wahiawa, Hawaii, I successfully defended a Captain in the Air Force charged with a career ending offense. While his commanders and family watched from the gallery, I effectively cross examined the police officers and victim, after which the trial Judge granted us a dismissal of all charges. His top security clearance and his career were preserved as the result. After that trial I knew I had what it takes to be a trial attorney.
Shortly thereafter, I joined the Public Defenders Office for the State of Hawaii. I began doing juvenile cases and misdemeanor trials, including handling hundreds of DUI's. I then moved up to felonies and after being in that division for a short while I was promoted to serious felonies where I spent seven years defending only the most egregious offenses. During that time I handled several high publicity cases such as:
- The "Kahala Slasher," a Vietnam veteran accused of the attempted murder, kidnapping and rape of a woman walking back to her home after Christmas shopping at the Kahala Mall, in a prominent neighborhood in Honolulu.
- A disgruntled airport employee, charged with attempted murder who, after being fired, went back to his work place and fired several shots at his former employer.
- The kidnapping of a TV cameraman by an escapee from the prison during his manhunt.
The latter received national attention on the Oprah Show.
Knowledge of the Arizona State and Federal Court Systems
Upon moving to Tucson in 1995, I was placed on the panels in Pima County for first degree murder cases and all felonies. I have been qualified to represent Death Penalty cases as the lead attorney. I was also appointed to the panel representing felony offenders in the United States District Court and I practice here in Tucson. My most recent success in the Federal system was arguing before the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court in a precedent setting case involving the violation of my client's Miranda rights.
I have the reputation as an effective trial attorney within my legal community. I have the experience you need on your side when your freedom and your future are on the line. I strive to provide the best results for each of my clients. From murder to kidnapping, to drug offenses and misdemeanor offenses, I offer the experienced representation that you need.
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Schedule a Meeting With an Experienced Attorney
To exercise your right to a defense, call my Tucson, Arizona office at 520-468-6791, toll free at 866-603-9939, or online for a free consultation. I serve clients throughout Pima County and the surrounding areas who have been charged with a crime.