Criminal Cases at Kyrene Justice Court

When a person’s charged with a DUI or misdemeanor by the Arizona State University Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, or Department of Public Safety for an alleged incident that happened within Kyrene’s Jurisdictional Boundaries, the case will likely be at Kyrene Justice Court.

The Kyrene Justice Court is located within the San Tan Regional Court Center on E Chicago St, located directly across from the Chandler Municipal Court and within Chandler’s historic downtown area.

Kyrene Justice Court Location

San Tan Regional Court Center
201 E Chicago St Suite 104
Chandler AZ 85225

Contact Kyrene Justice Court

Phone: 602-372-3400
Fax: 602-372-3494

Kyrene Justice Court Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Kyrene Justice Court Parking.

Free parking is in front and behind of the San Tan Justice Court center, which houses Kyrene Justice Court. There’s no covered parking, unless you want to park across the street at the Chandler Municipal Court.

Who is the Kyrene Justice Court Judge?

Judge John McComish was elected as Kyrene’s Justice of the Peace in 2014. While he isn’t a lawyer, he does have Justice of the Peace training. His background is primarily in business and politics. He worked in sales for fortune 500 companies before opening a book store in Arizona. Judge McComish served in the House of Representatives for three terms, where he was elected Majority Whip and Leader of the Republican Party. Judge McComish further served in the Arizona Senate from 2011 to 2014. While in the Senate, he served as Senate Majority Leader. In 2014, Judge John McComish retired from the Senate. That same year, he was elected as Justice of the Peace for Kyrene Justice Court.

Tobin Law Office Provides Its Clients with Effective and Experienced Criminal Defense at the Kyrene Justice Court.

Tobin Law Office is located right off the US 60 on South Stapley Drive in Mesa. Tobin Law Office is only a couple miles north of Kyrene Justice Court. With Kyrene Justice Court so close, we consider it one of our home courts. Additionally, criminal defense attorney, Timothy Tobin, and his family, live nearby Chandler’s historic downtown and Kyrene Justice Court.

Because Criminal Defense Lawyer Tim Tobin practices before Kyrene Justice Court on a regular basis, he’s familiar with the Kyrene Justice Court judge and prosecuting agency. In addition, Attorney Tim Tobin is a former prosecutor of the prosecutor’s office that handles Kyrene Justice Court cases. For these reasons, and more, Tobin Law Office is an excellent line of defense in Kyrene Justice Court cases.

If you, or a loved one, has pending criminal charges at Kyrene Justice Court, it’s highly advisable to speak with a criminal defense lawyer who frequently represents clients there. It’s a benefit if that criminal defense attorney previously worked for the prosecuting agency that handles Kyrene cases, as it offers valuable insight to the other side. As is the case in any representation, you deserve a criminal lawyer that’s willing to dedicate the time, focus, and energy to your case.

Kyrene Justice Court upon Arrival.

When you enter the San Tan Court Complex, the sheriffs will direct you go through security and metal detector. Don’t bring illegal items or contraband to court. Once past security, check in at the glass window in front of you. Look for the window that reads Kyrene Justice Court. After checking in, you’ll be directed to go down the hallway and enter the Kyrene Justice Court Courtroom. Be quiet and respectful when inside the courtroom. The courtroom staff doesn’t permit talking or cell phone usage.

What to wear and bring to Kyrene Justice Court.

It’s important to dress respectful for court. You should wear business casual at a minimum. Additionally, avoid ripped clothing, flip flops, hats, and sunglasses. Never wear offensive or provocative clothing to Court. The bottom line is that you want to make a positive impression on the Court, Judge, and Prosecutor.

If possible, you should bring the citation and any paperwork for your case. If you’ve since cured or fixed any civil violation (license, insurance, registration, auto repair), bring any proof of that to Court. Sometimes, the Judge has discretion to dismiss cured civil violations.

Kyrene Justice Court doesn’t allow gum, candy, food, or drinks. Also, you need to turn off your cell phone before entering the courtroom. We don’t recommend bringing children to Court.

The First Court Date at Kyrene Justice Court—Arraignment.

Unless you hire a criminal defense attorney in advance of your court date, you’ll need to appear, on time, for your arraignment. If you’re late, or don’t show up, additional charges may be filed, a warrant can issue for your arrest, and your license might be suspended.

The Kyrene Justice Court Judge will do the following things at arraignment: verify your personal information, advise you of the charges, penalties, and rights, and take your plea of guilty or not guilty. It’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t an opportunity to explain the facts of your criminal case, ask for mercy, or try to get the case dismissed. The judge isn’t even allowed to address these issues; no evidence or testimony will be entertained.

We strongly advise to enter a not guilty plea. This is because you have several defenses, diversion programs, and plea bargaining options that be negotiated in a case, regardless of how strong the evidence is against you. You can only preserve these options by entering a not guilty plea. Even if you believe you’re guilty with no excuses or defenses, this isn’t the time to take responsibility, as it rarely helps you. As soon as guilt is admitted, you cannot negotiate the case at all. You can lose out on diversion, plea bargaining, reductions, and dismissals. Someone facing charges at Kyrene Justice Court should enter a not guilty plea and consult a criminal lawyer before doing so.

If the arraignment is your first date in Court, the Judge will also address release conditions Specific release conditions are highly dependent on the case facts, personal history, victim input, and any information available to the Court.

Tobin Law Office Simplifies the Arraignment Process for You.

We file all the necessary paperwork in advance of arraignment so that clients don’t need to appear in Court. Thereafter, we appear at most future court dates for you. This avoids having to take time from work or family to attend long days at Court.

Pretrial Conferences at Kyrene Justice Court.

Pretrial conferences are those court dates held before any trial, plea agreement, or dismissal. For each pretrial conference, you, or your criminal defense attorney, must meet with the assigned prosecutor to discuss the facts, negotiate, and share evidence that will be presented at trial.

Kyrene typically holds several pretrial conferences in a criminal or DUI case. These conferences facilitate plea bargaining, pretrial issues, and case resolution. Evidence and testimony are not heard at pretrial conferences.
Kyrene Justice Court in Chandler, Arizona
You need to arrive to all your pretrial conferences on time. When you arrive to the San Tan Justice Court Complex, you’ll need to check in with the windows up front, and then sign the waiting list outside the prosecutor’s office. It’s wise to show up early to your pretrial conference because it can take hours for the prosecutor to see you. It’s like waiting at a doctor’s office for your turn. We notice Defendants often get upset when they see that defense attorneys skip the line; prosecutors usually give defense lawyers the professional courtesy of seeing them first since they have several courthouses to attend each day.

The Kyrene prosecutor will eventually call your name. You, or your retained counsel, meet with the prosecutor about the case. Remember that the prosecutors aren’t there to help you, which is why they have you sign away your rights before speaking to them. No matter how friendly a prosecutor may seem, you should always remember that it’s their job to convict and punish you. Prosecutors see you as a number in a long line of cases they’re handling that day. They have little to no concern for you future or personal life; they only want to get you off their calendar.


When a Kyrene Justice Court criminal case isn’t resolved through pretrial conferences, your criminal case is scheduled for trial, in which testimony and evidence will be presented against you in an effort to convict and punish you. At trial, an experienced prosecutor presents the case against you.

The Kyrene Justice Court Penalties

Kyrene Justice Court only handles misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those offenses that carry up to 180 days jail. Additionally, there can be harsh financial penalties, years of probation, classes, treatment, and programs that may apply. Any misdemeanor conviction leaves you with a criminal record, which can never be expunged.

Maximum jail for misdemeanors under 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 misdemeanor fines under the Arizona Revised Statutes: A.R.S. § 13-802.

  • Misdemeanor penalties easily 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

Other Common Misdemeanor Penalties. Years of probation, loss of rights and liberties, loss of gun rights, license suspensions, counseling, treatment, classes, community service, and restitution.

DUI Penalties: Arizona’s Misdemeanor DUI Penalties.

It’s Wise to Consult or Hire a Kyrene Justice Court Defense Lawyer.

When facing misdemeanor or DUI charges in the Kyrene Justice Court, it’s prudent to seek legal counsel. Your defense attorney will fully advise you of options, how to protect your rights and future, and navigate you through the confusing and tedious justice court process. Having a dedicated and experienced defense attorney represent you will put you in the best position to maximize your chances at a desirable outcome.

Tobin Law Office provides criminal defense services for any criminal charge in the Kyrene Justice Court. Below are some of the most common charges we defend against in Kyrene Justice Court.

Contact Tobin Law Office 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