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Brian C. Soto

Brian C. Soto

  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Immigration Law ...
  • Arizona
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Brian grew up in Nogales, Arizona, a city that lies along the border of the United States and Mexico. Growing up in Nogales gave Brian a unique perspective on some of the major issues our country is currently facing; including but not limited to immigration and drug trafficking. Brian’s is the son of a refugee. His mother was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Although she naturalized many years before her birth, Brian witnessed firsthand the traumatic effects that immigrating to a foreign country at a young age can cause. In 1961, at the age of seven, his mother immigrated to the United States without her parents during Operation Pedro Pan. Brian’s passion for helping immigrants with their immigration process comes not only from being the son of an immigrant, but also from having lived in a bordertown. Brian recognizes that even good people can succumb to the pressures and temptations of life. He truly believes that every person accused of a crime deserves the best representation and the opportunity to demonstrate that their charges do not define them as a person.

When faced with a criminal or immigration court case, let Brian defend you or your loved one!

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Immigration Law
    Deportation Defense, Immigration Appeals
    Personal Injury
    Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    In personal injury cases only.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 035103
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 035103
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4 Questions Answered
Q. Now that Arizona has marijuana legal, can people on federal probation smoke with a marijuana card?
A: No. Unfortunately, it’s still against federal law.
Q. I'm required to go to the police station that I was taken to on the 8th to get fingerprinted n mugshot. Should I go?
A: Yes you should go. That is a court order. It sounds as though you were cited and released. Fingerprinting is part of the booking process had the arresting officer decided to book you into jail you would’ve already been printed. Lastly, your cooperation is in no way an admission of guilt.
Q. I got arrested because I unfortunately decided to rest my eyes for a sec while I was parked at the gas station.
A: The State will be required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury of your peers the following elements of A.R.S. § 28-1381(A)(3) you must have been driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle; while there is was a drug defined in section 13-3401 or its metabolite in the your body. Actual physical control is determined by the facts specific to your case, an example of some of those considerations are but not limited to: location of your vehicle (found in the lane of travel or legally parked); Whether the engine was running or not; your position within the passenger compartment; Where the key to the vehicle was located; Whether or not your headlights were on/off; whether or not heater/air conditioning was on. While you've mentioned your blood will test positive for a drug, if the drug in question is marijuana, then you may have a viable affirmative defense, under AMMA. AMMA provides an affirmative defense to § 28-1381(A)(3) if you can show that you were authorized to use medical marijuana (with passage of Prop 207, MMC is not required if the date of incident was after Nov 30, 2020) and that the concentration of marijuana or its impairing metabolite was insufficient to cause impairment. You would bear the burden of proving this affirmative defense by a preponderance of the evidence. I would highly recommend you consult with an attorney licensed to practice in Arizona, whether appointed or private. With a mandatory minimum jail sentence, depending on your income, you may be eligible for a court appointed public defender. You also have the right to retain private counsel to represent you.
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Suite 200
Mesa, AZ 85202
Telephone: (480) 573-7686
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