RCC IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, ARIZONA
RCC STANDS FOR REGIONAL COURT CENTER.
This court is located at 175 W. Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
WHAT IS RCC?
RCC is a specific division of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that is meant to deal with cases on a preliminary basis only. The defendant will likely receive the initial, but incomplete, police reports and a plea agreement. The State's hope is to reduce its overall case load by quickly resolving many of the cases early on in RCC.
HAVE I BEEN INDICTED YET?
No. RCC is a set of hearings before the grand jury (or a judge) has made a probable cause determination of your guilt. The intent is to obtain a conviction for a defendant before having to seek an indictment.
THE PURPOSE OF RCC IS TO RESOLVE A CASE QUICKLY.
As previously mentioned, the State wants to resolve criminal cases as early as possible. This will reduce case loads for the prosecutors and will give the state more time to take the "serious" cases to trial.
RESOLVING A CASE QUICKLY CAN HAVE ITS ADVANTAGES.
Because the State is seeking to resolve a case quickly, they understand that it is important to provide a more favorable plea agreement. Sometimes, and I stress the word, this is the best plea agreement that a defendant will receive. The State will go so far as to announce this in court if the defendant chooses to reject the plea.
RESOLVING A CASE QUICKLY CAN HAVE ITS DISADVANTAGES.
It is well known that the information provided at the RCC level is minimal and the attorney has little to no ability to do a thorough investigation. For this reason, it is problematic to take a plea agreement on a criminal case.
For more information, please contact me.
The Feldman Law Firm, PLLC
1 E. Washington Street, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85004