Jose Luis Castillo


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Contact Information

Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Office of Public Defender
PO BOX 26271, Tucson, Arizona, 85726-6271




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: No  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1990

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: May 19, 1990

Other Language(s): Portuguese, Spanish


           José Luis Castillo is fluent in written & spoken Spanish, conversant in Portuguese & is becoming acquainted with Yoeme- the language of his maternal great-grandparents.

            His judicial career ended in 2015 with his retirement after almost 21 years as a Judge. During that time he taught for the Arizona Supreme Court, his court, various schools [Including the U of A & Pima College] and at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.

            He has represented State felonies, worked on federal matters, defended immigration cases as well as fought for misdemeanor defendants. His right-to-Jury matrix has been used all over the State both post & pre-Derendal, citation omitted.

            José Luis also writes poetry, fiction and children’s stories as well as legal materials (a book on criminal law & practice in Arizona is an ongoing project).

            His children are Luis, Lourdes (& her Laika) & Sebastián (& his Diego, Frida & Pixie). 

            José Luis is currently an attorney at the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Office of the Public Defender. 


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Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Victims Rights, Assault and Battery, Burglary, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Domestic Violence, Drivers License Suspension, Expungements, Extradition, Hit and Run, Manslaughter, Odometer Tampering, Parole and Probation, Search and Seizure, Shoplifting, Stalking, Traffic Violations, Weapons Charges
Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration, Mediation
Election, Campaigning and Political Law Campaign Ethics, Election Law
Native American Law Native American Law, Tribal Law


  • Arizona (Active), Federal Court (Active), Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court (Active)

Law School

  • U of Arizona

  • Last Updated: March 4, 2021
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  • Tucson, Arizona, Pima County
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Free Consultations: No

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