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Civil Litigation

  • Wrongful Death

    Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most trying times of your life. When your family member’s death was caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, the grieving process only intensifies. In these instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

    Compensatory damages are intended to make restitution for the amount of money lost, recovering medical and funeral expenses in addition to the amount of economic support they could have received if the decedent had lived and, in some instances, a sum of money to compensate for grief or loss of services or companionship.

    Determining the amount of damages in a wrongful death action requires the taking into account of many variables. To compute compensation, the salary that the decedent could have earned may be multiplied by the number of years he most likely would have lived and can be adjusted for various factors, including inflation. Standard actuarial tables serve as guides for the life expectancy of particular groups identified by age or gender. The decedent’s mental and physical health, along with the nature of his work, may also be taken into consideration by a jury.

    Damages cannot always be calculated on the basis of potential earnings because not everyone is employed. Courts have set minimum yearly dollar amounts for the worth of an individual who was unemployed at the time of their death.

    Punitive damages may be awarded in a wrongful death case if the defendant’s actions were particularly reckless or heinous. Punitive damages are a means of punishing the defendant for his action and are awarded at the discretion of the jury.

    Any damages recovered are distributed among the survivors subject to the statutes of Arizona. Courts frequently divide an award based on the extent of each beneficiary’s loss.

  • Auto/Motorcycle/Bicycle/Pedestrian Accidents

    Being involved in an accident is a traumatic experience, even if the injuries are minor. But when there are serious injuries (or fatalities) as a result of a car accident, the trauma only worsens.

    If you were injured as a result of another person’s negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. You have the opportunity to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, emotional trauma, and possibly more if there are permanent injuries.

  • Police Misconduct & Abuse Cases

    Our police officers in the United States are heroes. They go out every day and put their life on the line in order to keep our families safe. They are in charge of keeping the peace. They are supposed to arrest the criminals and keep the innocent person safe. Being an officer can be an extremely stressful job. They have to face violence on the street everyday and are authorized to use any amount of force reasonably necessary in order to arrest a suspect. The force used may seem excessive to the public when, in fact, it is necessary. However, police officers are human and they can also step over the line, take advantage of their authoritative roles, and commit unlawful arrests or cause injuries or even death to someone undeserving.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE (all misdemeanors/felonies)

  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE (all misdemeanors/felonies)

    If you are being investigated for a crime, charged with a crime, or arrested for a crime, the prospect of facing jail or prison time can be overwhelming or frightening. You may also feel embarrassed or ashamed. Despite that, it is important to contact an attorney immediately to advise you on your rights. Richard A. Castillo is known for his effective approaches in the defense of his clients, no matter how serious the charge. Richard provides aggressive defenses in all criminal matters including:

    DUIs
    Theft
    Forgery
    Fraud
    Assault
    Violent Crimes
    Weapons Misconduct
    Armed Robbery
    Sex Crimes
    Drug Offenses
    Probation Violations