CRIMINAL CASES AT SAN MARCOS JUSTICE COURT
If 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
Chandler, AZ 85225
Contact San Marcos Justice Court
Fax: This Court Does Not Accept Faxes in Criminal Cases
San Marcos Justice Court Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Parking at San Marcos Justice Court
There’s free parking in front and behind the San Marcos Justice Court. There’s no covered parking stalls. There’s handicap parking near the front entrance. There are several spots reserved for police personnel only. Overflow parking is located behind the building.
Who’s the San Marcos Justice Court Judge?
Judge Keith Frankel is the elected Justice of the Peace for San Marcos Justice Court; he’s held the post since 2006. Judge Frankel is not an attorney, however, he’s received the requisite training for the position and has ten years of experience on the bench. Prior to being a judge, he worked in behavioral health. Judge Frankel is a graduate of ASU with a master’s degree in social work.
Tobin Law Office Provides Clients with Excellent and Knowledgeable Mesa Criminal Defense Services at the San Marcos Justice Court.
Tobin Law Office is just seven miles north of the San Marcos Justice Court and conveniently located off the US 60 on South Stapley Drive. Being so close, we consider it a home court. Mr. Tobin and his family live a short distance from the courthouse and downtown Chandler.
Practicing at the San Marcos Justice Court regularly, Tobin Law Office is familiar with the judge, prosecutor’s office, and agencies. Mr. Tobin, himself, is a former prosecutor of the prosecuting agency that handles San Marcos Justice Court cases. For these reasons, our office is experienced in San Marcos Justice Court.
When up against criminal charges at the San Marcos Justice Court, it’s crucial to consult with a criminal lawyer who frequently handles cases there. Even better, it can provide valuable insight to hire someone who previously worked for the San Marcos Justice Court’s prosecuting agency. And most importantly, you should work with a criminal law office that will dedicate time and energy to your case.
What do I do When I get to San Marcos Justice Court?
Once parked, enter through the front of the justice court center. You’ll need to go through security and a metal detector. Once past security, check in at the San Marcos Justice Court window. They’ll check you in and direct you to go enter the San Marcos courtroom, which is on the left hand side of the long hallway. Once inside the courtroom, you should be respectful and silent. Cell phones should be turned off. When your case is called step forward and politely address the Judge at the bench.
What should I wear and bring to San Marcos Justice Court?
It’s important to dress respectful at Court. While you don’t have to wear a business suit, you should avoid things like, hats, sandals, sunglasses, and ripped clothing. Any clothing that might be seen offensive or provocative should also be avoided. The best description for courthouse attire is business casual. Overall, you want to leave a positive impression.
The Court doesn’t allow food or beverages. Kids are allowed in the building, but our office doesn’t recommend bring children. If they cannot keep quiet in the courtroom, they may be asked to leave; this can make it impossible to address your case.
You should bring your citation and police paperwork. We recommend that you keep it organized in a folder or envelope. If you’ve since cured any civil violation (license, insurance, registration, auto repair, etc.), be sure to bring it. The Judge has the discretion to dismiss cured civil violations.
Your First Court Date at San Marcos Justice Court: Arraignment.
Unless you hire a criminal defense attorney, you must attend your first court date at San Marcos Justice Court. If you don’t appear, there will be additional charges, a warrant for your arrest, and a suspension of your driver’s license. This doesn’t look great when you later try to negotiate the case with the prosecutor.
At arraignment, the Judge will read the charges and potential penalties, confirm your personal information, explain your rights, and ask for your plea—guilty or not guilty. It’s crucial to realize that this isn’t the time to talk about the facts, ask for forgiveness, or convince the Judge to dismiss the case. In fact, the Judge isn’t allowed to receive motions, evidence, or testimony at arraignment. This is in part because the prosecutor won’t be there.
Criminal attorney, Timothy Tobin, almost always advises defendants to enter a not guilty plea. You’re likely unfamiliar with the nuances of this Court. The reality is that you have many options, programs, and defenses at your disposal. You must enter a not guilty plea to preserve these options. Even if you’re guilty against a mountain of evidence, this isn’t the time to take responsibility as it rarely helps your situation. If you immediately admit guilt, you cannot negotiate the case with the prosecutor and you lose out on available options like pretrial diversion. For these reasons, enter a not guilty plea and speak with a criminal lawyer who frequently practices at San Marcos Justice Court.
Lastly, the Judge will address your release conditions. There’s a myriad of factors the Judge considers in ordering release conditions. The Court can order anywhere from a secured appearance bond to own reconnaissance with special conditions.
Tobin Law Office Makes the Arraignment Process Seamless and Painless.
We file all the requisite paperwork so that you don’t need to go the arraignment. And from there, we can appear at your future court dates for you. This saves you from having to take time to attend frequent and time-consuming court hearings.
These are the court hearing that take place before a criminal case is resolved by diversion, plea bargain, dismissal, motion, or trial. At each pretrial conference, you or your attorney meets with the prosecutor to discuss the case.
San 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
Misdemeanor 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:
- DUI: Slightest Degree; Regular; Extreme; Super Extreme; Prescription; Marijuana
- Domestic Violence Offenses
- Criminal Traffic: Aggressive Driving, Criminal Speeding
- Driving on Suspended License
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run)
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
- Underage Drinking: Minor in Possession, Minor in Consumption
- Property Offenses: Theft, Criminal Trespass, Shoplifting, Property Damage
- Disorderly Conduct
- Misdemeanor Assault
- Threatening or Intimidating
- Set Aside of Convictions
- Restoration of Rights
- Probation Violations
- Municipal Code Offenses
- Commercial Vehicle Violations
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Tobin Law Office
1910 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204