Frequently Asked Questions
Is staff available on
nights, weekends and holidays?
Yes. We are available 24/7, nights, weekends and
holidays. However, if you or someone you know is in immediate
danger or has severe physical injuries please call 911.
If I Opt In, who/what
agency is responsible for notifying me?
Each agency that is responsible for Victims' Rights, is often addressed
at different stages in the case. For example, law enforcement
(LE), Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Adult Probation Department (APO), the
County Attorney (MCAO), Department of Corrections (DOC), Board of
Executive Clemency, and the Attorney General (AG) all have legal
mandates regarding victims of crime. The stage of the case
(status) or what the sentence result is, determines the agency
responsible for adhering to those rights.
What happens next?
That answer is dependent on whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a
felony and what Jurisdiction the crime occurred in.
Contact the investigating police officer/agency to determine where the
case or charge was submitted. For example, if it was
submitted to a city or justice court, the charge is probably a
misdemeanor. If the crime occurred in Glendale, for example,
the City of Glendale court retains jurisdiction. If it was
submitted to the County Attorney, the charge is probably a felony and
Superior Court retains jurisdiction. If it was submitted to
US District Court or Federal Court, that court retains
jurisdiction. The investigating officer should be able to
tell you where the case was submitted. At that point, you
should contact the City Prosecutor or County Attorney handling the case
for more information.
Yes, except as exempted by Arizona State Statute. Exculpatory
Statements, which tend to clear, justify, or excuse a defendant from
alleged fault or guilt must be reported to the Prosecution. Discussions
with staff are private and confidential. We do not take notes
or record conversations. If you are providing an Impact
Statement, we draft a letter to be submitted to the courts.
records. Our Agency holds confidentiality in high regard and
will not release information. All address and telephone
information updated with this agency will not be shared with other
agencies. We understand that this creates more work for you
to call many agencies with updates, but we hope that you will
appreciate the protection of your information.
What are some examples of
how you can provide me with assistance?
- Assist with the service of Orders of Protection
- Determine the
appropriate Agency to contact for specific requests
- Explain the judicial
- Facilitating process
during the Initial Appearance
- Give current
information regarding next court date and status of the Defendant
- Notification of Defendant's
Release from our custody.
Information and Resources for current needs
Our staff is familiar with resources and professionals throughout the
community and can direct you to an agency or professional best equipped
to provide the assistance you may need.
What are some of the
types of crimes committed against victims?
What are some of the
Types of Releases?
||Assault and Related Offenses
||Criminal Damage to Property
|Family Offenses/Domestic Violence
||Forgery and Related Offenses
(Credit Card Fraud)
|| Identity Theft
|Interference with Judicial and Other
||Kidnapping and Related Offenses
||Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Own Recognizance (some appear in court.
- Bond Set involves depositing a sum of money,
cash or a Surety Bond (using a Bail Bond Agent).
- 3rd Party is when the defendant is turned over to
party, guardian, mental health facility, etc.
- Supervised Release (PSA - Pretrial Services) is
like having a probation officer while you are still awaiting court
dates. There are many different restrictions to include, but
are not limited to:
✓ Drug and
✓ House arrest
Is there a flowchart that
shows what the typical course of action is at
each stage of a case?
here to see flow of Juvenile
here to see flow
of Adult Case
What are the definitions
of the types of hearings?
Could you please explain
the definition of some of the court terms to