CRIMINAL CASES AT THE APACHE JUNCTION JUSTICE COURT
If you’ve been arrested or cited for a Misdemeanor or DUI by either the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, or the Department of Public Safety, within Apache Junction Justice Court’s Jurisdiction your case will be heard at the Apache Junction Justice Court.
Located between North Apache Trail and Superstition Blvd in the Roy Hudson Complex, the Apache Justice Court serves Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gold Canyon.
Apache Junction Justice Court Location
575 N Idaho Rd, Suite 200
Roy Hudson Complex
Apache Junction AZ 85119
Contact Apache Junction Justice Court
Apache Junction Justice Court Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Apache Junction Justice Court Parking.
There’s ample free parking on the North and Northwest side of the Roy Hudson Complex.
Who is the Apache Junction Justice Court Judge?
Shaun Babeu is Apache Junction’s Justice of the Peace. He was elected to the post in 2010 and has held it ever since. While he’s not a lawyer, he does have a law enforcement background as a former corrections officer.
Tobin Law Office Provides Dedicated and Aggressive Criminal Defense at the Apache Junction Justice Court.
Located in the East Valley off the US 60, Tobin Law Office is a short distance from the Apache Junction Justice Court. Being close, we handle cases at the Apache Junction Justice Court often.
When facing criminal charges at the Apache Junction Justice Court, it’s advisable to have an Apache Junction criminal defense attorney who frequently practices there. In addition, it’s helpful if that defense attorney has a background in prosecution, which adds valuable insight to the other side. In any criminal case, you want an attorney willing to devote time, effort, and compassion to your situation.
Criminal Defense Attorney Timothy Tobin is an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney having practiced criminal law for several years as both a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor. Mr. Tobin provides clients with excellent criminal defense in Apache Junction cases. As a former Prosecutor, Attorney Tobin prosecuted cases from the east valley—including matters from Apache Junction. Handling Apache Junction cases on a regular basis, Attorney Tobin is familiar with Apache Junction’s Judges, Prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies.
What to wear and bring to Apache Junction Justice Court?
Formal wear isn’t required, but you should dress respectful. Avoid hats, sunglasses, and sandals; you also shouldn’t wear offensive or provocative clothing. Business casual is the best description of court attire. You should try to make a positive impression on the judge and prosecutor.
The court doesn’t allow gum, candy, food, or drinks. Phones and electronic devices need to be turned off before entering the courtroom. While children are allowed in the building, they might be asked to wait outside the court if they cannot remain quiet.
What to do upon arrival to the Apache Junction Justice Court.
After arriving and parking on the northwest side of the Roy Hudson Complex, go to the Justice Court, which is located in Suite 200. Once inside you’ll need to go through security and a metal detector. Don’t bring illegal items or you’ll face immediate arrest. Check in at the clerk’s window in the front lobby. Enter the Courtroom, which is through the double doors. Take a seat in the courtroom and wait for your name to be called. Remember to be quiet and respectful when waiting for you case. When your name is called, approach the Judge and listen to his questions and instructions.
First Court Date: Arraignment at Apache Junction Justice Court.
Reference your police paperwork to find the date and time of your first court appearance. Unless you retain a licensed lawyer to go in your place, you’re legally required to attend your first court date. It’s important to arrive on time. If you don’t show up, or if you’re late, you face additional criminal charges, a bench warrant for your arrest, and the suspension of your driver’s license.
The judge will arraign you at the first appearance. He’ll verify your name and contact information, recite the charges and penalties, explain your rights, and ask for your plea. This isn’t the time to discuss the facts of the case, nor is it the time to resolve the case. The judge won’t hear motions to dismiss, testimony, or evidence at this time.
It’s advisable to plead not guilty at arraignment. You want to preserve defenses, plea deals, and available court programs. Even if you know you’re guilty, arraignment is not a good time to admit guilty. Once you admit guilt, you waive the opportunity to speak with the prosecutor about penalties, dismissals, and programs that might keep your record clean. You cannot change your mind later. For these reasons, it’s best to enter a not guilty plea and consult a criminal defense attorney who regularly practices in Apache Junction.
The Judge will also order release conditions at the arraignment. The release conditions depend on the charges, underlying facts, your background, victim input, and any other relevant information.
Tobin Law Office Can Help with Your Arraignment.
Tobin Law Office can file paperwork to avoid having to attend your first court dates and the several pretrial conferences that follow. You won’t have to take time from work and family. You can rest assure that your case is being handled by an experienced professional.
The remaining court dates before any trial, dismissal, or plea agreement are called pretrial conferences. At each pretrial conference, either you, or your attorney, with meet with the prosecutor to negotiate resolution.
Apache Junction Justice Court usually holds several pretrial conferences before a case is resolved. These hearings are not formal, as no evidence or testimony is taken. Instead, they serve to facilitate negotiations with the prosecutor to resolve the case by plea bargain, dismissal, or trial.
As with any court date, it’s important to show up on time. When you get to the courtroom, you must wait your turn to speak with the prosecutor. It’s a good idea to show up early because it can take a long time. You’ll notice that attorneys are usually heard first since they have several cases at several courthouses.
When your name is called, you’ll meet in the prosecutor’s office to discuss your case in private. It’s important to know that the prosecutors aren’t there to help you. While the Pinal County Prosecutors are honest and professional, their goals is convict you, punish you, and move the calendar. Apache Junction prosecutors see you as a number in a long line of cases they’re handling. They don’t have much concern, if any, about your particular circumstances.
If your case isn’t resolved with the prosecutor, it’s scheduled for trial. Trial is where testimony and evidence is presented to determine guilt or innocence. A trained and experienced prosecutor presents evidence and argument at trial.
You Can Look up Your Apache Junction Justice Court Case at this link: https://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/
Apache Junction Justice Court Penalties
The Apache Junction Justice Court hears misdemeanor charges filed by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. Misdemeanors carry up to 180 days in jail, financial penalties, probation, programs, and much more. A misdemeanor conviction is a crime that will be on your criminal record in background checks.
Maximum jail for misdemeanors is in the Arizona Revised Statutes: A.R.S. § 13-707.
- Class 1 Misdemeanor: 180 days jail.
- Class 2 Misdemeanor: 120 days jail.
- Class 3 Misdemeanor: 30 days jail.
Maximum fines for misdemeanors is in the Arizona Revised Statutes: A.R.S. § 13-802.
- The total fine can exceed $10,000 after surcharges, assessments, and costs.
- Class 1 Misdemeanor: $2,500, plus surcharges, fees, assessments, and costs.
- Class 2 Misdemeanor: $750, plus surcharges, fees, assessments, and costs.
- Class 3 Misdemeanor: $500, plus surcharges, fees, assessments, and costs.
Programs, treatment, counseling, classes, restitution, loss of rights, probation, restitution, loss of driver’s license, and more.
Arizona has some of the harshest DUI penalties for misdemeanors.
Consult and Hire an Experienced Apache Junction Criminal Defense Attorney.
When facing misdemeanor or DUI charges at the Apache Junction Justice Court, it’s smart to hire an attorney experienced in the Apache Junction Justice Court; that attorney can help you through a stressful process while raising defenses and protecting your future. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, practicing often in Apache Junction, is in the best position to reach a desirable outcome in your case.
Tobin Law Office provides criminal defense for all charges in the Apache Junction Justice Court. Here’s a list of the most common charges we handle in Apache Junction:
- Criminal Traffic Offenses
- Suspended License
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Underage Drinking: Minor in Possession, Minor in Consumption
- Property Offenses: Theft, Trespassing, Shoplifting, Property Damage
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
- “Expungement” Conviction Set Asides
- Restoration of Rights
- Probation Violations
- Municipal Code Offenses
- Commercial Vehicle Violations
Frequent Questions about the Apache Junction Justice Court.
Q: What if I have an Apache Junction Justice Court warrant?
A: A warrant is a serious matter: it can result in your arrest, suspension of your driver’s license, more criminal charges, jail time, and more. Tobin Law Office is likely able to appear in Court and quash a warrant. This action avoids posting bond money, losing your license, and being arrested.
Q: What if I cannot be at Court for my scheduled court date?
A: You need to go to your court date. When you don’t show up, a warrant issues for your arrest, a bond is set, and your license may be suspended. The only other options are to hire a defense attorney to go in your place, or go to the courthouse to seek a continuance from the judge.