About Us

When you hire the Heard Law Firm you hire a husband and wife team of knowledgeable, hardworking, dedicated and professional attorneys.  Put this team to work for you.

Jim and Stacey combine almost 30 years of experience in Criminal, Juvenile and Family Law with compassion, respect and a desire to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.  Jim and Stacey previously devoted their careers to seeking justice as deputy county attorneys and now bring that dedication, specialized knowledge and experience to our clients.

While no outcome is guaranteed, we assure you that we treat our clients with a personal touch, listen to their concerns with respect and empathy, give them sound advice and fight for them.  We work tirelessly to protect your rights and your interests.

Whether you have been charged with a criminal offense; your child has been charged with a juvenile offense; you have had a dependency filed against you by CPS or you are considering severing the rights of your child’s other parent, being involved in the court system can affect you for a lifetime.  You need to be certain you have a lawyer that knows how to make that experience as positive as possible by navigating the courts with you, negotiating with opposing counsel for you and keeping you informed of the status of your case so that you can make the best decisions possible.

We handle cases in all of the Superior Courts, Justice of the Peace Courts and Municipal Courts across the entire state of Arizona.

Jim Heard

After eleven years as a prosecutor, Jim has handled just about every type of criminal case. From homicides to DUI’s and from aggravated assaults to thefts. Felonies to misdemeanors. He has tried nearly 80 cases. Both in front of juries and to the bench.

Jim is now using that experience to help people who have been charged with criminal offenses. His experience allows him to see a case from both sides and helps him to find the strengths and weaknesses. He is able to exploit those weaknesses to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients including a possible dismissal, favorable negotiated plea deal or a positive outcome in trial.

Jim knows the importance of maintaining contact with his clients so that they are aware of their rights at each step of the case and are able to make informed decisions.

Along with his criminal experience, Jim also handles cases involving dependencies. You are guilty until proven innocent in a dependency court. If CPS has filed a dependency against you, you need a lawyer who will fight for you.

Jim a native Arizonan and grew up farming near Wellton. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in History and earned his JD from the Golden Gate University School of Law. He has been licensed to practice law in Arizona since 2001.

Stacey Heard

With more than 18 years’ experience, Stacey’s practice focuses on criminal defense of adults and juveniles in State and Tribal Court, dependency cases (defense of parents who are at odds with Child Protective Services) and family law.

Stacey’s criminal defense representation and experience includes a variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes including but not limited to: Drug Offenses (including sale and transportation cases), Aggravated Assault, Domestic Violence, Misconduct Involving Weapons, Kidnapping, Endangerment, Leaving the Scene, DUI and traffic violations.

Stacey actively represents juvenile offenders charged with crimes in juvenile delinquency cases and often serves as Guardian ad Litem for minors involved in the juvenile court system as either an offender or a victim.

Stacey’s family law representation includes matters such as divorce, separation, child custody, child support and termination of parental rights. Her past experience as a prosecutor gives her unique insight into the inner workings of criminal prosecution, police procedure, law enforcement policy and search and seizure which help exploit any weaknesses in the police investigation or the prosecution’s case.

Stacey’s undergraduate degree in Psychology assists her with understanding chemical addiction and family dynamic issues which often lead to divorce, criminal charges, domestic violence or CPS involvement with families.