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Cindy Castillo is a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of Arizona.  She has litigated criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to complex felony cases throughout Arizona.  She has represented clients in juvenile court, misdemeanor and superior courts, federal court, forfeiture proceedings, administrative board hearings, MVD hearings, Rule 11 competency hearings, Simpson hearings and appellate courts.  She has successfully represented numerous professionals governed by licensing authorities that include board members of publicly traded entities, doctors, dentists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, realtors, airline pilots, commercial truck drivers, actors as well as professional athletes in criminal matters.   

She has handled over 1000 criminal cases, of which over 100 were tried to a jury.  Of those cases, she has had numerous trial victories including driving under the influence (DUI); extreme DUI; DUI Drugs, minor driving under the influence; reckless driving; assaults; aggravated assaults; resisting arrest, shoplifting; trespass; false reporting to law enforcement; possession, sale, and transportation of dangerous drugs, marijuana, and narcotics; drive by shooting; assisting a criminal syndicate; misconduct involving weaons; and vehicular manslaughter.  She has successfully negotiated hundreds of lesser included offenses on behalf of her clients and obtained mitigated sentences through the use of mitigation experts, mitigation videos, and psychological and medical experts.  She has also argued motions and obtained dismissals on behalf of her clients for a wide range of constitutional violations that include the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments.  Finally, she has had a wide range of appellate success including dismissals of lower court rulings and a remand for a new hearing in a Special Action with the Court of Appeals.  


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Contact info

Castillo Law, PLLC

2025 N. 3rd Street, Suite B150
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Ashelee Jane Weeks

    I endorse this lawyer. Cindy is a dedicated attorney who strives to get the best outcome for her clients.


    Ashelee Weeks DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jonathan Joseph Goebel

    I had the pleasure of working alongside Cindy for several years at a private law firm. She is professional, hard-working, and always determined to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.


    Jonathan Goebel Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker


AZActive 200404/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified Criminal Law SpecialistState Bar of Arizona2016
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top ContributorAVVO2014
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2013
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2012
Certificate of AppreciationCPLC2005
Order of BarristersNational Order of Barristers2003
Pro Bono DistinctionArizona State University College of Law2003
Armstrong AwardASU2001
FinalistBerch Appellate Argument Competition2001
ScholarshipFennemore Craig Minority Scholarship2001
Interview ChampionASU Moot Court2001
Alumni ScholarshipUNCG1999
Honorable DischargeUnited States Air Force Reserve1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices Of David Michael Cantor2010 - 2013
AttorneyHock Law Group (a/k/a Phillips & Associates)2005 - 2010
AttorneyThe Slepian Law Office2004 - 2005
Law ClerkThe Slepian Law Office2003 - 2004
Law ClerkAlex Harris PC2002 - 2003
Rule 38 AttorneyPublic Defender's Office2002 - 2003
Legal ExternArizona Attorney General's Office2002 - 2002
Law ClerkKoudelka & Richardson2001 - 2002
Legal AssistantWomble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2015 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Federal District Court (Arizona)Member2005 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2004 - Present
Order of BarristersMember2003 - Present
Sertoma ClubMember2005 - 2006
Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of CourtMember2004 - 2006
Los Abogados Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2005
ASU Executive Moot Court BoardChair2002 - 2003
ASU Executive Moot Court BoardMember2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. EE (2011)Acquitted on criminal DUI charges
State v. CS (2011)Case dismissed after Judge found statements involuntary and precluded evidence. State appealed but Court of appeals affirmed trial court.
State v. MS (2012)Acquitted on DUI charges
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Blawg JournalCastillo Law Blog2014
CastilloLawPhoenix.ComShopping for an Attorney2013
You Tube VideoWhat is the difference between a bench trial and a jury trial2013
You Tube VideoWhat to do if you have a suspended license2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State Bar of ArizonaChild Sexual Abuse AllegationsLegal Certificate2015
NACDL2015 Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims CasesLegal Certificate2015
2014 Arizona College of Trial AdvocacyTrial AdvocacyCertificate2014
APDA 12th Annual Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2014
NACDL - 17th Annual DWI Means Defend with IngenuityLawCertificate2013
APDA: 11th Annual Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2013
NACDL - Getting the Not Guilty VoteLawCertificate2012
NACDL - Defending with Ingenuity - Winning at Every LevelLawCertificate2011
Eighth Annual APDA Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2010
NACDL - Communicating your way to an AcquittalLawCertificate2010
Seventh Annual APDA Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2009
Sixth Annual APDA Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2008
Understanding the Inner Workings of the MVDLawCertificate2008
Fifth Annual APDA Statewide ConferenceLawCertificate2007
Arizona State UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of North Carolina, GreensboroSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
University of North Carolina, GreensboroPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
APDA 12th Annual Statewide ConferenceOpening Statements2014
11th Annual APDA Statewide ConferenceCommunicating Effectively and Accurately with Spanish Speaking Clients for Attorneys and Support Staff2013