Mesa Municipal Court
If you’ve been charged or cited with misdemeanor or DUI in Mesa by the Mesa Police Department, you’ll likely need to go to the Mesa Municipal Court–also known as the Mesa City Court.
Mesa Municipal Court Location
Mesa Municipal Court
250 E 1st Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
parked, enter the front entrance of the Courthouse. You’ll be required to go through security. Do not bring illegal weapons, items, or substances to Court as you risk criminal prosecution. Once past security, look for you name on the large monitors. The monitors will list Defendant names alphabetically. It’s always a good idea to make sure that the courtroom number on your papers matches the courtroom number on the screen. If there’s a discrepancy, you can ask the information desk in the lobby for clarification. Sometimes courtroom assignments are changed for logistical reason, and as such, the monitor may reflect such a change. Next, go upstairs to your courtroom. Courtrooms in the 300’s are on the third floor, and courtrooms in the 200’s are on the second floor. Enter the courtroom and take a seat in the gallery. There should be a sign in sheet in the courtroom; you should sign it. Remember to be quiet and respectful while in the courtroom. When the Judge or clerk calls your name, step forward to the lectern to address the Judge.
Initial Appearance at the Mesa Municipal Court.
Unless you’ve hired an Arizona criminal defense attorney, you’ll need to report to the Mesa Municipal Court as instructed on your paperwork. It’s extremely important that you show up to Court on time. If you fail to appear, or you’re late, you risk additional charges, a suspension of your driver’s license, and a warrant for your arrest. You’ll most likely be instructed to appear before either Judge Tafoya in Court 202 or Judge Tatz in Courtroom 203; the arraignment Judge will address release conditions. Release conditions vary in each particular case: you may be released on your own recognizance, require supervision, or be required to post a bond. Your case will also be assigned to one of the trial judges: Judge Valerye Boyer-Wells (Courtroom 302) Judge Michelle Lue Sang (Courtroom 303), Judge Lisa Johnson (Courtroom 304), and Judge Craig Fujii (Courtroom 305).
Tobin Law Office can ease the stress and anxiety of your initial appearance at the Mesa Municipal Court. We can file the required paperwork to avoid you having to appear at Court. In addition, Tobin Law Office would continue to appear, in your place, at future court dates. By having an experienced Mesa criminal defense attorney representing you, you won’t have to take off several days from work or family only to wait hours inside a Courtroom.
The Next Court Hearing at the Mesa Municipal Court.
The next court date is called a pretrial conference. The pretrial conference is where you, or your attorney, will meet with the prosecutor to exchange copies of the evidence and discuss plea negotiations and defenses. Most cases hold several pretrail conferences in an effort to flush out evidence, investigate the case, resolve pre-trial legal issues, and continue with negotiations. If the case cannot be resolved by dismissal or plea agreement, it will be set for a trial.
What are the potential penalties in the Mesa Municipal Court?
The Mesa Municipal Court only handles misdemeanors. Misdemeanor charges carry up to 6 months jail, fines, fees, probation, and much more. In addition, a misdemeanor conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record.
The maximum jail for misdemeanors is found in the Arizona Revised Statutes: A.R.S. § 13-707.
- Class 1 Misdemeanor: 6 months.
- Class 2 Misdemeanor: 4 months.
- Class 3 Misdemeanor: 30 days.
Under A.R.S. § 13-802, the maximum fine is $2,500 plus surcharges, fees, costs and assessments. The can easily exceed $10,000 when factoring in surcharges, fees, assessments, and miscellaneous costs.
The Court can sentence you to range of penalties including years of probation, loss of legal rights, loss of driving privileges, programs, community service, restitution, and much more.
For a full description of misdemeanor DUI penalties, please review my blog on Arizona DUI penalties: Arizona’s Misdemeanor DUI penalties..
Who are the Mesa Municipal Judges and what are their Courtroom Numbers?
Initial appearances are usually in Courtroom 202, but after the first court date, cases will be sent to Courtroom 301, 302, 303, 304, or 305. Below is list of the Judges you may appear before at the Mesa Municipal Court.
- Courtroom 202: City Magistrate J. Matias Tafoya: Supervising Judge
- Courtroom 203: Judge John Tatz: Arraignment Judge
- Courtroom 302: Judge Valerye Boyer-Wells: Criminal Court Judge
- Courtroom 303: Judge Michelle Lue Sang: Criminal Court Judge
- Courtroom 304: Judge Lisa Johnson: Criminal Court Judge
- Courtroom 305: Judge Craig Fujii: Criminal Court Judge
- Custody Courtroom: Judge Elizabeth Arriola
- Courtroom 101: Commissioner Richard Garcia: Civil Traffic Court Judge
What to wear and bring to the Mesa Municipal Court.
Dressing for court doesn’t require formal wear, such as a suit or dress; nevertheless, you should dress appropriate. Avoid wearing the following in the court: sunglasses, hats, offensive or obscene material, sandals, or anything considered provocative. Business casual is the best description of court attire; however, more formal clothing is perfectly fine. The bottom line is this: you never want to make a poor impression on the prosecutor or judge by wearing anything inappropriate or disrespectful. Avoid bringing any food, drinks, candy, or gum, unless medically needed. If you have a cell phone or electronic device, it should be turned to silent mode. You should also avoid using it in the courtroom while court is in session.
Why Hire an Experienced Mesa Defense Attorney in Your Mesa City Court Case?
Tobin Law Office recommends that anyone facing misdemeanor or DUI offenses at the Mesa Municipal Court hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect their legal right and future. Preferably, you should hire an attorney that is close to, and familiar with, the Mesa Municipal Court. An experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is in the best position to either dismiss or reduce charges, limit penalties, and protect your future.
If you need a DUI Lawyer or Criminal Defense Attorney at the Mesa Municipal Court, call Tobin Law Office at 480-447-4837 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. You may also use our contact page.
While Tobin Law Office represents clients in almost any type of misdemeanor case in the Mesa Municipal Court, the following is a list of the most common types of misdemeanor cases we handle there:
- DUI (regular, drugs, extreme, super extreme, aggravated, felony)
- Criminal Traffic Violations
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Speeding, Reckless Driving, and Aggressive Driving
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Contempt of Court
- Minor in Possession or Minor in Consumption
- Property Offenses: Trespassing, Theft, Shoplifting, Property Damage
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Set Aside of Convictions
- Probation Violations
Here’s a List of Some Helpful Links for the Mesa Municipal Court
- Mesa City Court Calendar
- Court Forms
- Defensive Driving
- Case Information Lookup
- Mesa Police Department
- Department of Public Safety
- Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
- Arizona Revised Statutes
- Mesa City Codes
- Accident Reports
- Police Records
If you have any more questions about the Mesa Municipal Court process, don’t hesitate to call Tobin Law Office at 480-447-4837 for a free and confidential consultation. You may also use our contact page.
Tobin Law Office
1910 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204