Derrick Rivas is a hardworking man who enjoys a successful career in Arizona. But his life comes crashing to a halt when he discovers his wife of seventeen years is having an affair.
At first, he hopes to repair his marriage, but he soon realizes that his wife, Estella, has no intention of fixing things. After finding out he wants a divorce, she delivers a dire warning: He will pay for leaving her.
Her threat becomes clear soon after when she accuses him of assault. Derrick knows the charges are false, but he takes them seriously because his wife has an uncle that retired from the sheriff's department and an aunt in magistrate court that wields an influential gavel.
More disturbing, however, is Estella's threat that things are about to get worse. Derrick is soon facing officers of the court who want to harm and humiliate him by any means possible. They do everything they can to bring about his downfall in Disintegrating Justice, a story based on actual events.