If you have been arrested for a DUI or misdemeanor offense such as domestic violence, assault, trespassing or shoplifting by the Mesa Police Department, you will likely be ordered to appear in Mesa Municipal Court. The Mesa Municipal Court is located at 250 East 1st Avenue, Mesa, Arizona. The court is open Monday through Thursday from 7AM to 6PM. The Mesa Municipal Court has five courtrooms locked on the third floor of the court building. Each courtroom is staffed by an assigned judge and prosecutor who handle all of the DUI and misdemeanor prosecutions.
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Similar to other city courts, misdemeanor criminal offenses and DUI cases involve several different types of court appearances. These include:
- Arraignment - Your first appearance where you or your attorney will attend and enter a plea of "Not Guilty";
- Pre-Trial Conference - Here you or your lawyer will have a chance to discuss your case with the prosecutor, negotiate a plea offer and talk about any outstanding issues or discovery such as police reports, blood test results, body camera videos, etc. Misdemeanor and DUI cases can usually involve several pre-trial conferences
- Calendar Call - At this hearing, a judge will ask the prosecutor and defense whether they will be ready to proceed on the scheduled jury trial date. The judge will also discuss any issues which might exist, decide any outstanding motions and discuss the length of trial, witness scheduling, etc. Calendar Call hearings are usually reserved for cases which are eligible for jury trials
- Non-Jury Trials - Occurs in cases where a judge will decide whether a defendant is guilty of the offenses he is charged with. These involve the presentation of witnesses by the prosecution and defense, argument and a decision by the judge. Cases normally resolved by a non jury trial include assault, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, trespassing, etc.
- Jury Trials - Generally proceed in the same manner as a Non-Jury trial except that a person's guilt will be decided by a group of six members of the community. A jury from a pool of people is selected. They are instructed on the law, hear arguments from the attorneys and evidence from witnesses and then render a decision following deliberations. Crimes of moral turpitude such as shoplifting, theft, DUI, etc are eligible for a jury trial.
If you have been ordered to appear in the Mesa Municipal Court, you should arrive on time, dress professionally and be fully informed about your options. Conviction for offenses in the Mesa City Court could result in up to three years probation, six months jail, $2500 in fines and other penalties depending upon the nature of the charges.
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Ray Kimble is experienced with the Mesa Municipal Court as well as its Police Officers, Prosecutors, and Judges. This is the kind of representation that you are going to need if you want the best possible outcome for your case. Regardless of the charges, Ray Kimble will have the experience necessary to get you the most favorable outcome possible. Read my Criminal and DUI Case Results as well as my Client Reviews and have confidence that you will be in good hands.