Mesa Trial Attorneys

Mesa Trial Lawyer

30+ Years of Hardworking, Results-Driven Legal Representation

Attorney Phil Hineman has been practicing law in Arizona for more than 30 years. With every case he takes on, he develops a results-driven strategy favorable to his clients and puts in the hours of detailed hard work necessary to build a strong case. As a BV Distinguished trial lawyer, Attorney Hineman is the experienced professional you need to fight for your interests in Mesa, from matters involving bankruptcy to criminal defense to family law.

Mesa Bankruptcy Cases

When you are facing a bankruptcy situation in Mesa, it is important that you enlist the help of an experienced legal professional. Any individual or certain businesses can file for bankruptcy in Mesa, though the legal process can be complex. Depending on the situation, a person may decide to pursue Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy to resolve their debts. The bankruptcy petition for any of the three chapters must include the following information:

  • schedules of assets and liabilities;
  • a list of all creditors and the amount and nature of their claims;
  • a schedule of current income and expenditures;
  • a copy of tax returns or transcripts filed during the case and in the recent year;
  • a statement of financial affairs; and
  • a schedule of executory contracts and unexpired leases.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy generally involves a trustee gathering and selling the debtor's non-exempt assets and using these proceeds to pay creditors. Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, also referred to as “reorganization” bankruptcy, involve a written disclosure and a plan of reorganization containing information on the debtor’s assets, liabilities, and business affairs. Lastly, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, or a “wage earner’s plan” involves individuals with a regular income developing a plan to repay all or part of their debts, usually over the course of 3-5 years.

Be aware that in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 situations, most collection actions against the debtor or their property will be automatically halted for a short period of time. While this “stay” is in effect, creditors may not initiate or resume lawsuits, wage garnishments, or even telephone calls demanding payments.

To learn more about bankruptcy cases in Mesa, visit our Bankruptcy page.

Criminal Charges in Mesa

Another reason you may need a trial lawyer in Mesa, Arizona is if you are facing criminal charges. From drug crimes to DUI charges, Mesa takes criminal charges very seriously. More specifically, it is illegal in Mesa to possess any of these 6 categories of controlled substances (CDS):

  • peyote;
  • substances that emit toxic vapors;
  • marijuana;
  • prescription-only drugs;
  • dangerous drugs; and
  • narcotic drugs.

Possession can be charged at either the felony level or the misdemeanor level, depending on the nature of the offense, the amount in question, and the classification of the drug. Visit our Drug Crimes in Mesa page to learn more about the specific penalties.

Driving under the influence is also seriously punishable by significant jail time and fines. If a driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while in control of a vehicle, whether or not the car is in motion, they can be charged with DUI. The penalties will depend on the situation, such as the driver’s exact BAC and prior convictions:

  • 1st offense: minimum 10 days in jail; at least $1,480 in fines; 90-day license suspension; 1-year mandatory use of ignition interlock device (IID)
  • 2nd offense: minimum 90 days in jail; at least $3,000 in fines; 1-year license suspension; 1-year mandatory use of IID

Additionally, Arizona implements implied consent laws that require individuals to submit to a blood or breath test. Refusal could lead to a 1-year license suspension for a first offense and a 2-year suspension for a second and subsequent offense. Visit our page on DUI/DWI to learn more.

Divorce and Custody Negotiations

Family law can also be a challenging facet of the legal system to navigate. Whether you seek to file for divorce or negotiate a child custody order, you will benefit from having a lawyer on your side as you file the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or receive the divorce paperwork served on you by your spouse. Note that all respondents have 20 days from the date of service to file a response if they are in Arizona or 30 days if they are outside the state. If they do not file an answer, the dissolution may be granted to the filing spouse by default.

Spouses who are amicable may negotiate a settlement agreement on their own outside of the court If they both agree to all the terms of the divorce. If spouses cannot reach an agreement on their own, though, they can pursue alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation before turning to litigation.

Recall that when determining a child custody arrangement, a Mesa judge will base their decision on the child’s best interests, such as:

  • the past, present, and potential future relationship between each parent and the child;
  • each child’s relationship with their parents, siblings, and anyone else who may affect the child’s best interest;
  • the child’s adjustment to home, school, and community;
  • the child and parents’ mental and physical health;
  • which parent is more likely to encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • whether either parent has committed domestic violence or child abuse;
  • whether either parent has intentionally misled the court to gain an advantage in the litigation or made a false report about child abuse or neglect;
  • the child’s wishes, if they are of suitable age and maturity; and
  • any other relevant factors.

An experienced family lawyer can provide more individualized guidance in navigating your divorce petition and child custody negotiation.

Let the Law Office of Phil Hineman, P.C. Help You

If you are facing a legal issue in Mesa, Arizona, do not hesitate to put an experienced trial attorney on your case. The Law Office of Phil Hineman has been working with clients in Mesa for years, and the firm is well-equipped to handle your bankruptcy litigation, criminal defense, or family law matters.

Schedule a free initial consultation with the Law Office of Phil Hineman, P.C. to discuss your Mesa case in more detail. Call (928) 224-3230 or contact the firm online today.

  • He aggressively, but tactfully, fought for my voice to be heard in court and he went the extra mile.

    “My experience was very positive and I found him and his associates to be well-prepared and knowledgeable.”

    - David K.
  • I highly recommend them if you need to file bankruptcy.

    “Phil Hineman and his staff have been very helpful and supportive during this difficult time. Guidance was given and questions always answered.”

    - Bob R.
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    “Mr. Hineman was very helpful and kept us updated with everything we needed to get through our bankruptcy.”

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