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Mesa Municipal Court Criminal Cases

If you were cited and/or arrested on a misdemeanor criminal violation by the Mesa Police Department, you will likely be appearing in the Mesa Municipal Court. The Mesa Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor offenses such as DUI (1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Underage DUI), Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage, Domestic Violence and other criminal misdemeanor charges as well as traffic violations, Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment. Mr. Buckallew has handled countless cases in the Mesa Municipal Court, is very familiar with the Judges and Prosecutors over there and has experience in handling all types of criminal and DUI cases in this Courthouse. The Courthouse is nearby our Mesa office and is located one block south of Main Street and one block west of Mesa Drive at:

Mesa Municipal Court

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How to Post Bond at 4th Avenue Jail

If a friend or member of your family has been arrested and booked into jail in Maricopa County and the Judge ordered that a bond be posted for their release, you may be wondering how to go about posting this bond. Bonds can be paid at the 4th Avenue Jail (north side of the building), located at:

Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail

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If you are facing criminal charges in Phoenix, a Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney with this Firm offers a free, no obligation evaluation of your case. Mr. Buckallew has focused his practice primarily on criminal and DUI defense, representing countless individuals in Phoenix and throughout the State of Arizona for over the course of his career. The Firm has defended a wide range of criminal cases, from Disorderly Conduct and Domestic Violence cases to DUI cases all the way up to First Degree Murder cases. Mr. Buckallew has handled countless cases in the Phoenix courts – both the Phoenix Municipal Court (misdemeanor criminal/misdemeanor DUI) and the Maricopa County Superior Court (felony criminal/felony DUI). The Firm also represents individuals in the Maricopa County Justice Courts located in Phoenix, including the Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court, Desert Ridge Justice Court, Downtown Justice Court, Encanto Justice Court, Dreamy Draw Justice Court, Maryvale Justice Court, McDowell Mountain Justice Court, Moon Valley Justice Court, South Mountain Justice Court, and the West McDowell Justice Court (misdemeanor criminal/misdemeanor DUI). In addition to criminal and DUI cases, Mr. Buckallew also represents plaintiffs or defendants in Injunction Against Harassment/Order of Protection proceedings as well as Interfering with Judicial Proceedings cases.

If you are charged with a DUI in Phoenix, it is critical to seek competent legal counsel as these cases can result in significant fees/fines, potential for incarceration, increased insurance premiums, college/career repercussions, possible suspended or revoked driver's license, possible probation, and the possibility of ignition interlock requirements and alcohol classes. DUI litigation requires knowledge in both criminal defense as well as a thorough understanding of the scientific evidence (blood, breath, etc.) and Mr. Buckallew has significant experience in both of these areas. With his Law Degree and continuing legal education along with his Master's Degree in Forensic Science, Mr. Buckallew understands both the science behind the evidence as well as the potential legal defenses inherent in DUI cases. He has handled all types of DUI cases including (but not limited to), 1st Time DUI, DUI Involving an Accident, Underage DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, Aggravated DUI, DUI with Multiple Priors, DUI Involving Homicide (or Injury), and DUI – Drugs. He has achieved successful outcomes for countless clients over the years, including full case dismissals, not guilty jury trial verdicts, favorable plea agreements, and aggressively defends each and every case he handles.

Mr. Buckallew has also handled a wide range of criminal cases – both misdemeanor and felony, including (but not limited to), Assault, Domestic Violence, Drug Possession, Drug Sales, Drug Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Shoplifting, Misconduct Involving Weapons, Theft Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Minor in Possession, Minor in Consumption, Burglary, Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct, Violation of Restraining Orders, Prostitution, Sex Crimes, Homicide and Murder. He has a track record for zealously defending each and every client and has achieved successful outcomes in countless cases over the course of his career.

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Avondale is one of the fastest growing cities in the West Valley, settled at the base of the Estrella Mountains and just a 15-minute commute from downtown Phoenix. Thousands of NASCAR and racing fans descend on this city each year, attending races at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), which is a significant boost to the local economy. Located in the heart of the west valley, Avondale is also nearby the University Of Phoenix NFL Stadium – home to the Arizona Cardinals, as well as several baseball spring training facilities, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox in neighboring Glendale; the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds in nearby Goodyear; the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners in Peoria; and the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers in Surprise. Being centrally located in the west valley, with close proximity to many sporting events, year round entertainment, educational opportunities, shopping, dining and family activities, Avondale continues to grow and its population is expected to double in the next 5-7 years from its current population of around 76,000.

Law enforcement in Avondale is handled primarily by the Avondale Police Department and misdemeanor criminal complaints are generally filed in the Avondale City Court while felony criminal complaints are generally filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court. If you are arrested by AZ Department of Public Safety (DPS) or another law enforcement agency, your case may be handled in one of the west valley justice courts, including Country Meadows Justice Court, White Tank Justice Court, Agua Fria Justice Court or one of the other west valley justice courts.

The Firm represents individuals facing criminal charges throughout Phoenix and the West Valley, including criminal cases in Avondale and surrounding areas. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, having been certified by the State Bar of Arizona. He has handled a wide range of criminal cases, from simple misdemeanor criminal speeding tickets to very serious and complex felony homicide cases, DUI and Drug cases, Assault and Disorderly Conduct cases, Domestic Violence cases, Juvenile Crimes cases, Underage Drinking, and many other criminal cases. The Firm also handles matters involving Orders of Protection, Restraining Orders and Injunctions against Harassment. If you have been charged with any criminal violation in Avondale, the Firm can help.

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Queen Creek is a small town situated in southeast Maricopa County, with the southern portion of town overlapping into Pinal County. The town is a unique mix of housing sub-divisions, homes on acreage, farmers and ranchers, and despite its growth, Queen Creek still has that rural feel about it. The San Tan Mountains lie to the south of Queen Creek and offer plenty of recreational activities including hiking, biking, camping and the like. Queen Creek is also home to the only working olive farm and mill in the State of Arizona – Queen Creek Olive Mill, where visitors can tour the olive mill, stroll through the olive groves, enjoy casual dining, and purchase a variety of olive oils and other unique gifts. Schnepf Farms is another longtime local fixture in the town of Queen Creek, where visitors can dine at the bakery, enjoy a hayride, tour the farm, go veggie picking, visit the museum, and much more. Given its small town feel, abundance of recreational activities, and easy commute to Phoenix and other valley cities, Queen Creek has become one of the “best kept secrets” in Arizona.

The Town of Queen Creek contracts with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to provide law enforcement services to the town as well as the unincorporated areas surrounding the town. If you are cited with a criminal violation in the Town of Queen Creek or surrounding unincorporated county islands, your case will likely be handled in the San Tan Justice Court, if you are being charged with a misdemeanor crime. Felony criminal charges are generally filed in the Maricopa County Superior Court. The southern portion of Queen Creek, which overlaps into Pinal County, is patrolled by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). If you were cited by PCSO, your case will likely be under the jurisdiction of one of the Pinal County Justice Courts, if it is a misdemeanor, or Pinal County Superior Court if it is a felony charge.

The Firm has represented countless individuals who have been criminally charged in Queen Creek, either by MCSO or PCSO, ranging from simple misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges to very serious felony Aggravated DUI and Aggravated Assault cases. Mr. Buckallew is committed to the defense of individuals charged with a crime and focuses his scope of representation on matters involving criminal litigation, including (but not limited to) allegations of DUI (including 1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, and Aggravated DUI), Juvenile Criminal Matters, Underage Drinking, Minor in Possession, Drug Offenses, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Violence, Assault, Theft, Shoplifting, Probation Violations and any other criminal violation. He has a proven track record of successfully resolving countless cases over the course of his career. Mr. Buckallew has also recently been elected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Attorney for 2012.

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The Apache Junction Justice Court is in Pinal County and located at 575 North Idaho Road, in Apache Junction, AZ. This court covers the San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon and Apache Junction. According to the court's website, the Apache Junction Justice Court ranks at number 17 out of 80 Justice Courts in Arizona for total case filings in 2011. There were just over 2,000 misdemeanor case filings, which included 410 DUI case filings, 76 serious traffic case filings and a variety of other non-DUI criminal filings. There were also close to 700 Orders of Protection and Injunctions against Harassment filed last year.

If you have been issued a misdemeanor DUI or criminal traffic citation or received a summons by mail for a misdemeanor incident occurring in the San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon, or Apache Junction, you will most likely be required to appear in Apache Junction Justice Court.

The Firm represents individuals charged with any criminal violation in the Apache Junction Justice Court, including (but not limited to), 1st Time DUI, Extreme DUI, Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Violence, Assault, Drug Crimes, Juvenile Crimes, Theft, Shoplifting, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Probation Violation, Interfering with Judicial Proceedings, and any other criminal charge.

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What is a crime involving moral turpitude?

According to Black's Law Dictionary, moral turpitude is defined as "Conduct that is contrary to justice, honesty or morality." It is important to understand the consequences if convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT), particularly as it relates to immigration matters. These types of crimes can also have an impact on a person's ability to pursue meaningful employment, as prospective employers may call into question, a person's honesty or integrity if these types of crimes are found during a background search.

What types of crimes are deemed to be crimes involving moral turpitude? The more common crimes include the following:

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What are Protective Orders?

Individuals seeking to restrain a person from acts of domestic violence, harassment, coming near a residence, place of employment or school can obtain a Protective Order in any court in the State of Arizona. If you reside in Scottsdale, chances are you will be seeking an order in the Scottsdale City Court, or other nearby City/Municipal or Justice Courts in your community, including Paradise Valley Municipal Court, Biltmore Arcadia Justice Court, Desert Ridge Justice Court or McDowell Mountain Justice Court. An Order of Protection is generally requested when an individual is seeking protection against a spouse, former spouse, roommate, or other blood relative. If the person you are requesting the Order against does not qualify as a spouse, relative, roommate, or other designated domestic relationship, you will need to request an Injunction Against Harassment instead of an Order of Protection. An Injunction is typically sought when disputes arise between neighbors, co-workers, or other non-domestic relationships.

When requesting an Order of Protection, a Judge can issue the Order if he/she finds that the defendant may, or has committed an act of domestic violence. Domestic Violence Crimes can include Assault or Aggravated Assault, Child Abuse, Criminal Damage, Crimes Against Children, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, Threatening and Intimidating and other related crimes. The Judge may order either party not to commit acts of Domestic Violence; prevent either party from coming near the residence or place of employment; grant one party full use of the residence; and order any other relief that may be necessary to ensure protection. The Judge may also prohibit the Defendant from possessing or purchasing any firearms as a condition of the Order, and shall subsequently order the Defendant to turn over any firearms to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

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The Firm recently achieved a full dismissal in the Gilbert Municipal Court in a case involving charges of Disorderly Conduct and Assault/Domestic Violence. The case was dismissed after Defense Counsel successfully argued defense of property as a justification defense. The State agreed with the defense analysis and dismissed the case in its entirety.

The Firm handles all types of criminal cases in the Gilbert Municipal Court and any other court in the State of Arizona. If you have been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Assault, or any other Domestic Violence related charge, contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of your case.

Front of Gilbert Municipal Court

*All cases are factually different and prior success on individual cases is not a guarantee of future outcomes. The firm cannot, and does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of your case.

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Disorderly Conduct Charges – Disturbing the Peace

Disorderly conduct is one of the most common offenses used by law enforcement and prosecutors in the State of Arizona. It is a very subjective charge and police are given broad discretion in applying this charge to all types of 'disruptive' behaviors. Other similar offenses related to disturbing the peace include loitering, public intoxication, criminal nuisance, indecent exposure and prostitution. We frequently see disorderly conduct charges paired with other violations, including assault and domestic violence related charges.

Some of the most common behaviors resulting in charges of disorderly conduct include:

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