Long story short
Mark dedicated his legal career to helping those who struggle most. He started as a prosecutor because he wanted to protect the vulnerable but soon learned that the most vulnerable often sat at the other table. After leaving a major crimes division at the Maricopa County Attorney s Office, Mark ventured into private practice at a large law firm. Still unsatisfied, Mark started his own practice to be able to serve his clients the way he would want to be represented. Mark is passionate about criminal defense, about helping the vulnerable, and restoring dignity to those who suffer most.
At The Heath Law Firm, we care about making your life better. We ve represented people from all walks of life: rich and poor, famous and unknown, young and old, from the unemployed to even other lawyers. Our promise is to do everything in our power to restore hope and satisfactorily resolve your legal problem.
We believe attorneys should strive to lift their clients’ burdens. We ll lift the weight off your shoulders by speaking on your behalf, preparing motions, analyzing key legal issues, negotiating artfully, and powerfully presenting your case. Throughout the entire process, we work to minimize the impact your case has on your life and future.
When it comes to attorneys, you have a lot of choices out there. So why hire us? Because we can help. With over 20 years combined experience, we ll help you achieve the best results without forgetting compassion.
Having handled thousands of cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to homicides, Mark understands how the government operates and how to navigate you to the best results in your case. Elected to Martindale Hubbell s prestigious SuperLawyers, Mark is part of an elite group of attorneys that comprise less than 2.5% of all practicing attorneys in the nation.
Paula is the brains of the outfit. With over 20 years of experience doing nothing but criminal defense, Paula is an awesome point of contact. She ll ensure your case is expertly handled as it passes through each stage of litigation.
We have all the right tools, let us Help You
We ll use every tool in the toolbox to help you. Everyone claims to be the most aggressive attorney as if that s the right tool for every job. Seriously, Hammering a square peg into a round hole doesn t cut it. Aggressiveness is important but we ll use all our skills: negotiation, persuasion, empathy, respect, wisdom, commitment, and so on.
In sum, we believe there s a better way to defend cases. We utilize a client collaborative approach to solving legal problems. We ve broken the process down into eight simple phases to help you get the best results you can. Take a look at what those phases mean for you if you decide to work with us.
The Consultation Phase
The process begins with a simple phone call, web inquiry or email. We ll speak over the phone or set up a time to meet in person. The purpose of this first conversation is to try and identify the problem. I ll determine if I can take your case and the amount of work involved. If everything checks out, we ll discuss the price. We take most cases on flat fees. This means the price is fixed with no hidden fees.
The Hiring Phase
If we decide to work together, we ll complete the necessary paperwork. This involves executing a formal fee agreement that outlines the costs and parameters of representation. This can be done in person or through the internet.
The Learning Phase
We begin the process with you. We ll next identify your top priorities (avoiding jail, preserving a career, maintaining an immigration status, protecting reputation, reunifying with family or obtaining addiction treatment). We ll prioritize those goals when formulating our plan of action. I ll also want any information you can provide to help me defend you.
The Initial Feedback Phase
After listening to your goals, I ll provide you with feedback. The uncertainty after being charged with a crime is torturous. Anxiety levels are high so I ll help to ease that anxiety by explaining the range of possibilities in your case. I ll also explain what won t happen in your case. There s a lot of false information out there and I ll try to set things straight. Lastly, I ll explain the most likely outcomes of your case based on the information I have at the time. I ll identify the best case scenario and outline my plan to get you there.
The Appearance Phase
This is the phase where we roll up our sleeves and get to work. I ll work hard to minimize your time in court where possible. I ll take over the communications and insulate you from the stresses of litigation as best I can. You ll no longer need to carry your burden alone because I ll be at your side to fight back.
The Discovery Phase
When a case begins, there s a discovery period because we need to know what we re up against. This is where we ll gather the case evidence and track down witnesses. Sometimes we may need to involve experts or private investigators to illuminate your case. Don t forget, we ll work collaboratively because you re often the best source of evidence. Sometimes, the government isn t always forthcoming. In that situation, I ll submit requests on your behalf for the information you re entitled to and, if necessary, file any motions to obtain the evidence.
The Heavy Lifting Phase
Once we the facts of your case, we ll finish developing your defense. I ll analyze the law and, where appropriate, submit motions to litigate the legal issues. If your rights were violated, I ll fight to rectify it. We ll also flesh out your most cogent defenses and prepare for trial. Sometimes, we can convince the other side to back off and either dismiss or significantly mitigate the consequences of your case short of trial.
The Resolution Phase
Either by trial, dismissal or negotiation, we ll resolve your legal problem. My promise to you is to do my absolute best. I don t care what you ve done or where you come from I care about you and your future. I want your future to be brighter after working with us.