West McDowell Justice Court
West McDowell Justice Court Information & Location
If you are being charged with a crime in the West McDowell Justice Court, then this page will help you navigate the criminal division’s court process.
West McDowell Justice Court Location
The West McDowell Justice Court is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The court is closed on certain holidays. If you believe that you have a court date on a holiday, call the court to make sure it is closed. You may pay in person at the West McDowell Justice Court. Payments by cash, personal check, money order, or cashiers/certified check are accepted. You may also pay by credit card using the phone number provided.
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Where To Park At the West McDowell Justice Court
West McDowell Justice Court has public parking located to the North of the buildings where the court is located. It is free to the public and offers parking without a time limit. The parking lot has uncovered parking spots available for your convenience. If the lots are filled, there is paid meter parking along the curb of the courthouse and other buildings in the area.
How The West McDowell Justice Court System Works
The West McDowell Justice Court Criminal Justice System
What To Do When You Arrive At the West McDowell Justice Court
Enter through the southernmost doors of the building. Go through security, which requires that you take off your belt and place it in a bin along with anything in your pockets, including your phone and wallet. Check in at the West McDowell window by giving your name and time of hearing. You will then enter the courtroom, take a seat and wait to be called by the bailiff or judge.
Steps To Take Once In The West McDowell Justice Courtroom
If you have hired a private attorney in Maricopa County, wait for them in the courtroom or follow their instructions as to where to meet. If you have not hired an attorney, then wait for the West McDowell Justice Court Judge, Prosecutor, or Clerk to call your name after you have signed in.
Dress Code at West McDowell Justice Court
You do not need to wear a suit and tie to West McDowell Justice Court. However, use common sense and dress appropriately to show respect to the judge and court staff. You never know what a good impression can do for your case. It is recommended that “Business Casual” is worn such as a dress shirt, polo shirt, slacks or nice jeans. Few judges have banned cell phones in the courtroom. Most allow cell phones to be used but ask that the phones are turned to silent/vibrate.
What happens at the first hearing in West McDowell Justice Court; Initial Appearances (IA):
The first hearing in West McDowell Justice Court that is set after a criminal charge and a summons is issued is the Initial Appearance or IA. If you are not present at that hearing, a warrant can be issued by the judge. During the Initial Appearance, a judge will advise the defendants of their charges and will address release conditions. If you hire a private attorney, they can ask that a non-guilty plea be entered on your behalf regarding all charges and that the court set the matter for a pretrial conference. Otherwise, you will need to appear and speak directly with the judge regarding your charges.
How Lawyers at Dove Law Firm Can Help You At Your West McDowell Justice Court Initial Appearance (IA)
If you hire a Dove Law Firm West McDowell Justice attorney, we will file motions for you to be released on your own recognizance, vacate the initial appearance, and enter a not guilty plea on the charges. If the judge signs the motion, you will not need to show to the IA date and the court will set the next hearing, a pretrial conference. Our West McDowell attorneys will obtain the date of the first pretrial hearing and attend that hearing in your place. We will gather all the evidence and discovery from the Prosecutor and will provide you with constant updates, offers and strategies.
Pretrial Hearings In The West McDowell Justice Court
After the initial appearance in West McDowell Justice Court, the next court date is named a pretrial conference or pretrial hearing. At that hearing your attorney will gather discovery, initiate negotiations with the prosecutor and present defenses on your behalf. The case should resolve within three or four pretrial hearings over a three-month period. If it does not resolve in that time period, the judge will often set if for trial.
Who Are The West McDowell Justice Court Judges
Names Of West McDowell Justice Court Judges & Courtroom Numbers
Below is a list of the Judges you may appear before at the West McDowell Justice Court.
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DUI Penalties In West McDowell Justice Court
In the West McDowell Justice Court system, the Defendant will face jail time for DUI while fines and fees can vary enormously. There are four types of DUI that can be charged, and many different offers that a prosecutor can present. An experienced DUI lawyer will know the type of offer that contains the statutory minimums. For more information on the typical consequences and law regarding the different types of DUI in the West McDowell Justice Court visit my page titled, Arizona DUI or press the button below.
Why Hire An West McDowell Justice Court Defense Attorney?
At Dove Law Firm our West McDowell Justice Court attorneys will guide you through the difficult and complicated process of the Court system. Your rights will be protected, and you will receive expert advice regarding your current situation. Having been raised in Arizona, Shawn Dove is comfortable with addressing all courts within West McDowell Justice and beyond.
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