CRIMINAL CASES AT NORTH MESA JUSTICE COURT
When charged with a criminal misdemeanor by the Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office or the Department of Public Safety within North Mesa Justice Court’s jurisdictional boundaries, the criminal case will be heard at the North Mesa Justice Court.
North Mesa Justice Court is located in the “Court Center” building on South Mesa Drive, directly across from Mesa’s MVD Office. The court center building is set back from Mesa Drive, and thus, easy to miss.
North Mesa Justice Court Location
1837 South Mesa Drive
Mesa, Arizona 85210
North Mesa Justice Court usually holds several pretrial conferences before a case is resolved by dismissal, plea bargain, or trial. Evidence and testimony are not heard at pretrial conferences; rather, these informal status hearings serve to facilitate case resolution.
For each pretrial conference, you’ll need to show up to Court—unless you’ve hired an attorney. Check in at the service counter. You’ll be directed to wait in the waiting room. It’s smart to show up early because there can be a long line to see the prosecutor. A prosecutor will eventually come outside and call your name to discuss the case in the prosecutor’s office. You’ll notice that attorneys are typically heard first as a professional courtesy.
When your name is called, you’ll meet with the prosecutor to negotiate and discuss the case. Mr. Tobin will tell you that the prosecutors are not there to help you. They’re often cordial and polite; however, their job is to convict you and move the docket. From their prospective, you’re just another person they’re looking to convict in a long line of cases. They’re not there to protect your individual rights, interests, or futures.
If your case cannot be resolved at pretrial conferences, it will be set for trial where evidence and testimony is presented to determine guilt or innocence. A trained prosecutor would present the case against you. If convicted, the judge will likely sentence you that same day. If jail is ordered, you must usually turn yourself in within 30 days.
Look up Your North Mesa Justice Court Case at these links:
- Search Your North Mesa Justice Court Case: Justice Court Case Search
- View the North Mesa Justice Court Calendar: North Mesa Justice Court Calendar
Potential Penalties at North Mesa Justice Court
North Mesa Justice Court only hears misdemeanor cases. Under Arizona law, a misdemeanor is a crime that carries no more than 180 days jail. Depending on the specific type of misdemeanor charges, there can be probation, financial penalties, classes, restitution, counseling, and more. Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record that can be seen by employers, agencies, and financial institutions.
Maximum jail for misdemeanors per 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 per Arizona Revised Statutes: A.R.S. § 13-802.
- The Total court payments 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
Other Penalties. Monetary penalties, probation, driver’s license implications, restitution, community service, treatment, classes, courses, loss of rights, immigration consequences and much more.
DUI Penalties. Take a look at our page on Arizona’s misdemeanor DUI penalties: Arizona’s Misdemeanor DUI penalties.
Consult with an Experienced North Mesa Justice Court Criminal Lawyer
When you face a misdemeanor or DUI charge at North Mesa Justice Court, it’s crucial to have a defense lawyer who’s familiar with North Mesa Justice Court; an experienced defense can guide you through this overwhelming process while protecting your future. A criminal defense attorney, who regularly practices at North Mesa Justice Court, puts you in the best position to reduce or dismiss charges, limit penalties, and protect your rights and future.
Tobin Law Office provides Defendants with an excellent criminal defense for any criminal charges at North Mesa Justice Court. Here’s a list of the most common charges we handle at North Mesa Justice Court.
- Boating DUI
- Criminal Traffic
- Drug Offenses
- Quash Arrest Warrants
- Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear
- Underage Drinking: Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption
- Property Offenses: Theft, Trespassing, Shoplifting, Property Damage
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Violence
- Set Asides of Convictions (“Expungement”)
- Restoration of Rights
- Probation Violations
- Municipal Code Offenses
- Commercial Vehicle Violations
Q: What if I have a warrant out of North Mesa Justice Court?
A: When you discover an active warrant from the North Mesa Justice Court Justice Court, it should be addressed as soon as possible; that’s because it can lead to your arrest, the suspension of your license, and additional criminal charges. Tobin Law Office has a high success rate in appearing in court, or filing a motion, to quash misdemeanor warrants. Quashing the warrant avoids posting a bond, losing your license, and being arrested.
Q: What if I cannot attend my next Court date at North Mesa Justice Court?
A: Court is not optional and you must be present for every hearing. The only exception is if you hire a lawyer to appear for you. If you fail to show up for any scheduled court date, a warrant will issue for your arrest, a bond will be set, and your license may be suspended. Your options are to hire a defense attorney or go to Court to ask for a continuance. This isn’t something that can be handled over the phone. Also, North Mesa Justice Court does not accept faxed pleadings.
Contact Our Office for a Free and Confidential Consultation with Timothy Tobin.
Tobin Law Office
1910 S. Stapley Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204