Michael A. Breeze, Public Defender
J.D., Arizona State University College of Law. B.S., Arizona State University. Mr. Breeze has been engaged in the practice of law since 1981. In 2006, Mr. Breeze was appointed Yuma County Public Defender. His experience includes seventeen years as a felony prosecutor in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and seven years in private practice. Mr. Breeze has served on various State Bar committees and sections: Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct, Bench and Bar Committee, State Bar Criminal Rules Committee, State Bar Minority Bar Committee, the Arizona Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, and on the board of Community Legal Services. He was a founding member of the Arizona Constitutional Initiative Project for Justice and Victim’s Rights. Mr. Breeze is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Other Language: Spanish.
Raymond Vaca, Jr., Supervising Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., Arizona State University (1981). Admitted to practice in Arizona; U.S. District Court of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His legal career began with Community Legal Services from 1981-1985. His experience includes working for 16 years as a Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender beginning in 1988. His tenure with Maricopa County was between his appointments as the original director for two public defender departments at two Native American communities for over 10 years. He began working for the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office beginning in 2010. Mr. Vaca represents clients charged with serious felony cases, including those designated by the court as complex.
Theodore Abrams, Deputy Public Defender –
Theodore Abrams earned his BA in Government/Philosophy and his JD from the University of Arizona. He has always been passionate about criminal defense and served as a Pima County Public Defender, a Pima County Legal Defender, and the head of the criminal defense office for the Tohono O'odham Nation. A skilled trial attorney, Ted has represented individuals at all stages of criminal trials. In addition, he volunteered as an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching Trial Practice at the University of Arizona and has taught at New Judge Orientation for the AOC. He also served as a City Magistrate in Tucson where he oversaw thousands of criminal misdemeanor trials.
In addition to criminal defense, Ted has long had an interest in the inner workings of the government. He served as a United States Senate Page and later as a Congressional intern for the legendary Morris K. Udall in Washington, DC; Ted also worked for the Tucson City Council.
On the creative side, Ted worked with CBS News to produce a show about the Pioneer Hotel Fire that was broadcast on Court TV and featured on 60 Minutes and he conceived of, and co-produced Flor de Muertos, a documentary and concert film which details life on the Arizona border and features the band Calexico. He previously served on the Board at The Rialto Theater and The Loft, both venerable Tucson cultural institutions. Ted currently volunteers with In the Arms of Angels - an all- breed dog and cat rescue.
Cynthia Brubaker, Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., California Western School of Law in San Diego, 1989; San Diego State University, 1986. Ms. Brubaker has over 30 years experience handling major felony cases in Chicago and Phoenix. Her legal interests include handling cases involving police misconduct and cases involving substantial constitutional issues. Ms. Brubaker is also experienced in handling felony appeals.
Fausto Falzone, Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 2005. B.A. Florida International University, 2001. Mr. Falzone joined the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office in 2018. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona, Maine, Florida, Texas, and D.C. Prior to joining the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Falzone practiced criminal and deportation law in several states. Other Languages: Spanish.
Olin Hale, Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., Southern Methodist University, 1989; B.A. (Government), University of Texas at Austin, 1976; Admitted to practice in 1989, admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1989. Admitted to the United States District Court, District of Arizona, 1990; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1993; United States Supreme Court, 1996. Maricopa Deputy County Attorney from 1989-90. Private practitioner in the areas of criminal law defense, in federal and state courts, criminal appeals, and personal injury law from 1991-2006. Certified by the Arizona State Bar as a criminal law specialist from 2007-12.
Ray Hanna, Deputy Public Defender –
Juris Doctorate (J.D.), University of Arizona, College of Law; B.S. Arizona State University (Political Science); Ray has practiced law for over 30 years; four years in the United States Navy JAG Corps trying cases throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in addition to 26 years in private practice with emphasis in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death.
Ray Hanna served as President of the State Bar of Arizona (2009-2010), is a past member of the Arizona Judicial Council (2009-2010), Member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness (2012-2014) and was a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative (2006-2008). Ray has been admitted to practice in the State of Arizona; State of Illinois (inactive), and Alaska (Pro Hoc Vice). Ray has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Court of Arizona, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Ray has tried over 150 felony jury trials.
Jerry Hernandez, Deputy Public Defender –
Mr. Herndnez is a 1986 graduate of California State University, Long Beach where he earned a degree in business administration. In 1989 Mr. Hernandez earned his juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Throughout his career, Mr. Hernandez has been a dedicated trial lawyer, serving clients for 12 years in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office and serving 13 years as a defense attorney in the United States District Court, District of Arizona. Mr. Hernandez is responsible for handling major felony matters. Other Languages: Spanish.
Eugene Marquez, Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., Arizona State University, 1996; B.A., University of Arizona, 1991. As a dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Marquez has handled hundreds of felony cases during the past 19 years. His experience has been primarily in federal court in Phoenix during the past 13 years. From 2006 to 2014 Mr. Marquez served as a judge pro tempore in the Maricopa County Superior Court, responsible for presiding in criminal and juvenile matters. Mr. Marquez is a member of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
Richard Parks, Deputy Public Defender –
Mr. Parks graduated from Capital University College of Law in 1985. He served on Law Review and was Law Review Symposium Editor. He is a member of the Order of the Curia.
Following graduation, Parks began as a trial Deputy Public Defender in Maricopa County. He has represented those accused of serious felony offenses in both public and private practice. He joined the Yuma County Public Defenders Office in 2018.
Daniel Tapetillo, Deputy Public Defender –
Daniel Tapetillo is a native of Tempe, Arizona. He attended Chandler High School and graduated second in his class. Following high school, Daniel attended the University of Notre Dame and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with honors. He continued his education at the University of Notre Dame and went on to complete his Juris Doctorate. While studying law, Daniel spent his summer internships working for small private criminal defense firms including Trautman Dupont PLC and Willmott & Associates, PLC. These internships were critical in Daniel’s exposure to the area of criminal defense law. Following graduation, Daniel performed legal research for the University of Notre Dame under Professor Gerard V. Bradley. In 2013, Daniel became licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona. He then went on to become licensed in the State of California in 2014.
Once licensed, Daniel became a Deputy Public Defender in Mohave County. He worked in both the Kingman/Cerbat Justice Court and the Mohave Superior court. After acquiring critical courtroom experience, Daniel became and is currently serving as a Deputy Public Defender in Yuma County.
Joshua Tesoriero, Deputy Public Defender –
J.D., Arizona Summit Law School, B.S. Criminal Justice Arizona State University, Mr. Tesoriero interned and externed for various criminal defense and immigration law firms, and practiced as a mediator. He worked as a student practitioner under Rule 38 and then clerked for a private criminal defense firm in Phoenix. Mr. Tesoriero is committed to ardently advocating for the rights of the accused and the down trodden. Mr. Tesoriero is licensed to practice on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation and serves on the Community Justice Board.
Robert Trebilcock, Deputy Public Defender –
Graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a major in Finance. Attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan for one year before transferring and earning a Juris Doctor Degree at The University of Toledo College of Law. Worked for the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office, The Mohave County Attorney’s Office, The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and the Mohave County Public Defender’s Office. Before accepting the position of Deputy Public Defender in Yuma County, was in Private Practice for 15 years, appearing in most counties in Arizona, but primarily practicing in Maricopa and Cochise Counties.
Ricardo Sandoval –
A.S., Criminal Justice, Arizona Western College. Mr. Sandoval has served in law enforcement for over 38 years, 18 years of which were in Executive Law Enforcement. Retired Department of Homeland Security Assistant Special Agent in Charge, United States Customs Service Resident Agent in Charge, United States Customs Service, Office of Internal Affairs Resident Agent in Charge, Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Special Agent, Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant, Deputy, Narcotics Task Force Officer with DPS/SCAN. Mr. Sandoval has also served as a Special Agent in the FBI Border Corruption Task Force and on the FBI’s Terrorism Task Force. Mr. Sandoval is also an Arizona/California Post Certified former police officer. In addition to his lengthy law enforcement career, Mr. Sandoval also served as a Special Deputy with the United States Marshals Service. Mr. Sandoval joined the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office as an investigator in 2013. Responsibilities include follow-up investigations on felony cases, witness interviews, review of reports of investigations and evidence. Other language: Spanish.