Chandler Criminal defense attorney Tim TobinIf you, or a loved one, is charged with a misdemeanor by Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office or Department of Public Safety for an incident within San Marcos Justice Court’s Jurisdictional Boundaries, the case will be heard at San Marcos Justice Court.

San Marcos Justice Court is inside the San Tan Regional Court Center, which is on Chicago Street in Chandler’s historic downtown. It’s directly across the street from the Chandler Municipal Court and Chandler Police Station.

San Marcos Justice Court Location

201 E. Chicago Street
Suite #103
Chandler, AZ 85225

Marcos Justice Court typically holds several pretrial conferences before a case is resolved. Pretrial conferences are not formal hearings—evidence and motions are not heard. Instead, these conferences facilitate case resolution.

You must timely appear for all your pretrial conferences. Upon arrival, you’ll check in with the San Marcos Court window and sign the list outside the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. If you’re representing yourself, we recommend that you arrive early because there’s usually a long wait to see the prosecutor. You’ll notice that the defense attorneys are seen first; this is done as a professional courtesy between lawyers; defense attorneys have several different court houses to attend throughout the day.

When the prosecutor opens the door and calls your name, you’ll be invited to negotiate the case; you’ll also be given any evidence in the State’s possession—it’s rarely all the evidence. Attorney Tobin reminds defendants that prosecutors aren’t there to help you—they’re your adversary. Regardless of how friendly they might seem—don’t forget—their main function is to convict you, punish you, and move the calendar. Prosecutors see you as a number in a long line of cases. They have little concern for your personal circumstances.


If a case cannot be resolved by dismissal or plea bargain, it’s scheduled for trial. Trial is where testimony and evidence is presented by the prosecutor, police, victims, and witnesses in a concerted effort to convict and punish you. Representing yourself at trial is never a good idea.

You can Look up Your San Marcos Justice Court Case with these Links.

Find Your San Marcos Justice Court Case: Justice Court Case Search

San Marcos Justice Court Calendar: San Marcos Justice Court Calendar

What are the Potential Penalties at San Marcos Justice Court?

San Marcos Justice Court only hears misdemeanor cases. Misdemeanors carry up to 180 days in jail and three years of probation. In addition, there can be severe financial penalties, counseling, classes, treatment, community service, loss of rights, and driver’s license consequences. Most damaging, a misdemeanor conviction leaves you with a permanent criminal record because Arizona law doesn’t provide for expungement.

Maximum Jail in Misdemeanor Cases: A.R.S. § 13-707.

  • Class 1 Misdemeanor: 180 days jail.
  • Class 2 Misdemeanor: 120 days jail.
  • Class 3 Misdemeanor: 30 days jail.

Defendants are responsible for very expensive incarceration costs, unless waived by the Judge. San Marcos Justice Court allows for the jail’s work release program; however, home detention is not available at San Marcos Justice Court.

Maximum Fine in Misdemeanor Cases: A.R.S. § 13-802.

  • 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

criminal case tim tobinMisdemeanor penalties can exceed $10,000 after surcharges, assessments, and costs. The monetary costs are especially high in DUI cases.

Other Misdemeanor Penalties. Probation, loss of gun rights, driver’s license implications, treatment, classes, counseling, screenings, community service, restitution, and more.

DUI Penalties: See Tobin Law Office’s Comprehensive Guide on DUI Penalties.

Consult an Experienced San Marcos Criminal Defense Attorney Today.

When facing a misdemeanor or DUI charge at the San Marcos Justice Court, it’s imperative that you get time-sensitive advice from someone who regularly handles criminal cases at San Marcos Justice Court. Your criminal defense attorney will provide experienced guidance on your options, rights, and future. An experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney, who regularly appears at San Marcos Justice Court, puts you in the best position to dismiss or reduce charges, limit penalties, and protect your future.

Tobin Law office provides knowledgeable and quality criminal defense for any type of criminal charge at San Marcos Justice Court. Below is a list of common charges we defend against:

Contact us for a Free and Confidential Consultation!

Tobin Law Office
1910 S. Stapley Dr.
Suite 221
Mesa, AZ 85204

Phone: 480-447-4837
Fax: 480-447-4837