Arizona Felony Court Process

What Happens in Court for a Felony Case?

felony court processFelony cases in Arizona are handled in the Superior Court which is the felony court. Each county has its own superior court. While the felony courts generally all follow the same procedures, the name of the hearing and the rules may vary from county to county. The following is a guide to the Felony Court Process.

Felony Court Hearings

When is a Grand Jury Indictment used in a felony criminal case?

Felony criminal charges require a finding of probable cause. In some cases, probable cause is found by a Grand Jury. A Grand Jury is a group of fifteen citizens who are presented evidence by a prosecutor. More…

Felony Initial Appearance

What is a Felony Initial Appearance? felony DUI initial appearance The Initial Appearance is usually the first hearing at which the accused appears in court. It is a very brief hearing. The defendant is informed of the charges against him/her and release conditions are set. The Initial Appearance usually occurs within 24 hours if there has been an arrest and the defendant is being held in jail. More…

Preliminary Hearing

A Preliminary Hearing only occurs in felony criminal cases. All felony charges require a finding of probable cause. This can be done by Grand Jury Indictment or Preliminary Hearing. A Preliminary Hearing is an alternative to a grand jury indictment. More…

Felony Arraignment

The Felony Arraignment is a hearing where the defendant is formally informed of the charges against them. The purpose of the Felony Arraignment is to advise the defendant of the charges for which probable cause were found. It is at this time that the defendant enters a plea of guilty or not guilty. The defendant always enters a Not Guilty plea at this hearing. More…

Felony Pretrial Conference

It is during the Pretrial Conference that the attorneys advise the judge of the status of the case and any outstanding issues that require resolution by the judge. More…

Felony Oral Argument and Evidentiary Hearing

If there is a legal issue in a case, such as a Miranda violation or an unlawful stop, the criminal defense attorney will file a motion with the court. More…

Felony Pretrial Management Conference

If the parties are unable to negotiate a resolution of the case, then it is set for a Felony Pretrial Management Conference and Felony Jury Trial. More…

Felony Jury Trial

In Arizona, a person accused of a felony is entitled to a Jury Trial. Guilt or innocence is decided by a jury of eight to twelve people depending on the severity of the offense. More…

Felony Sentencing

If a person accused of felony is found guilty by a jury, or if there is a negotiated resolution involving a plea of guilty, there will be a Sentencing Hearing. More…

 

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