Joshua Pearce, son of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, has had multiple run-ins with Mesa police officers. Yet the 30-year-old Mesa resident has only had one criminal conviction and was sentenced to probation.
This, however, doesn’t mean that the politician’s son is getting off easy for the conviction. The Phoenix New Times reported that Pearce pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in 2007 and that this offense is still coming back to haunt him.
As reported by The Arizona Republic, Pearce was recently sentenced to six days in jail for violating the terms of his probation. Pearce admitted on March 30 that he violated his probation and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge then sentenced him to six days in jail. Pearce was also ordered to pay $3,645 in fines and fees as part of the sentence.
A probation violation can be considered a serious offense in Arizona that often carries severe penalties, including jail time, fines, revoked probation, or the possibility of additional probation terms. Sentencing for probation violation will usually occur shortly after a probation hearing. During the probation hearing, the defendant has the right to attorney representation.
Court documents say that Pearce has been diagnosed as bipolar and suffers from depression. Hence, the defendant will have his next court appearance in the Comprehensive Mental Health Court in Phoenix.
Pearce's father, Russell Pearce, made national news last year after introducing the controversial immigration bill SB 1070. The state senator is still in office and began his current term in January 2011.