What can I expect if I am being charged with a misdemeanor crime in Arizona?
We understand that the majority of people who call for help with their criminal case have absolutely no experience with the criminal justice system. Not knowing what to expect can cause additional fear and anxiety at a time when you need it least. You need an attorney who will take the time to explain exactly what you are being charged with, why you are being charged with it, what you can expect at each court date, what your possible punishments are and what we can do together to fight your case.
In Arizona, there are 3 types of misdemeanor classifications, including:
At the Jon M. Martinez Criminal Law Group, we know that your time is valuable. In many situations, it may be possible for your privately retained attorney to attend the majority of your court appearances on your misdemeanor case without you needing to be present. Often times in misdemeanor courts, the attorney only needs to appear in order to ask for an extension of time called a continuance in order to continue negotiations with the prosecutor, complete a thorough investigation of your case, conduct interviews or have our team of experts examine your evidence. Instead of having you miss more valuable time at work just to sit in a courtroom for hours, many courts allow your privately hired attorney to attend your court appearance on your behalf.
What happens in court during my misdemeanor case?
When you are being charged with a misdemeanor in Arizona, the entire court process generally takes between 3 and 6 months to complete. Each case is very unique, however, and your case may take a shorter or longer time to complete. Remember, it is more important to do your case the right way instead of the fast way.
There are a number of steps that your case will go through during the court process. Again, each case is unique and your case will not necessarily follow these steps exactly, but generally speaking your case will begin with:
For more information on your misdemeanor case, feel free to contact us at any time.
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