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 likely be held 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 – 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. His brother is Sheriff Paul Babeu—the Pinal County Sheriff. Due to this conflict of interest, there’s usually a substitute judge siting on criminal cases.
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 drive to the Apache Junction Justice Court. Being so close, we handle cases at the Apache Junction Justice Court often.
When up against misdemeanor charges at the Apache Junction Justice Court, it’s advisable to have a criminal defense attorney who frequently practices there. In addition, it’s helpful if that defense attorney has a prosecutorial background, which adds valuable insight to the other side. Most importantly, in any criminal case, you want an attorney willing to devote the necessary time and effort.
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 ones from Apache Junction. Handling Apache Junction cases on a regular basis, Attorney Tobin is familiar with the Apache Junction Judges, Prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies.
What to wear and bring to the 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 do I do when I get 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. Then go into the Courtroom, which is through the double doors directly in front of you. 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 to be called. When your name is called, approach the Judge and listen to his questions and instructions.
First Court Date: Initial Appearance (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 the initial appearance. It’s very important to arrive on time. If you don’t show up, or even 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 how you’d like to plead. This isn’t the time to discuss the facts of the case, nor is it the time to resolve it. The judge won’t hear any motions to dismiss, testimony, or evidence at this time.
It’s advisable to plead not guilty at arraignment. You want to make sure that you preserve any defenses, plea deals, and court programs available to you. Even if you know you’re guilty, arraignment is not a good time to admit to charges. Once you admit guilt, you waive the opportunity to speak with the prosecutor about penalties, dismissals, and programs that might keep your record clean. Also, 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 Initial Appearance (Arraignment).
Tobin Law Office can file paperwork to avoid having to appear in Court. We can also attend most of your future hearings for you, so you won’t have to take time from work and family.
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 a 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 setting trial.
As with any court date, it’s important to show up on time to your pretrial conferences. When you get to the courtroom, you’ll have to 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 go in a backroom with the prosecutor 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 generally good people, their job is to convict you and move the calendar. They’ll see you as a number in a long line of cases they’re handling. They don’t have much concern, if any, about your future or personal circumstances.
If your case isn’t resolved with the prosecutor, your case will be scheduled for trial. The trial is where testimony and evidence is presented to determine your guilt or innocence. A trained and experienced prosecutor would present the case against you.
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; there can also be financial penalties, probation, programs, and more. A misdemeanor conviction is a crime that will be on your criminal record in most background checks.
Maximum jail for misdemeanors are listed 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 listed 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. See Tobin Law Office’s Blog: Arizona’s Misdemeanor DUI penalties.
Consult and Hire an Experienced Apache Junction Justice Court Defense Attorney.
When you face 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 a warrant out of the Apache Junction Justice Court?
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 cash bond. Tobin Law Office will often be 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 will issue for your arrest, a bond will be 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 Court and ask for a new court date.
Q: How do I pay my Apache Junction Justice Court fine?
A: You can pay in person at the Court window. You can also pay online: Pay My Apache Justice Court Fine Online
Contact Us for a Free and Confidential Consultation with Attorney Tim Tobin.
Tobin Law Office
1910 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204