Preparing to Appear in Mesa Municipal Court - DUI and Misdemeanor Offenses

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a DUI offense in Mesa, Arizona or any other city within the greater Phoenix area, it is important that you immediately begin working with a qualified DUI  and criminal defense attorney who can effectively represent you in the court of law and take necessary steps to protect your future.  Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble  will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your freedom and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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