Apache County Criminal Court

Apache County Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Apache County. See below for more information about criminal cases in Apache County.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

Where will Apache County criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Apache County. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Apache County.

Apache County Criminal Court

Apache County Criminal Court

Where can I get help for my Apache County criminal case?

The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution provides a criminal defendant with the right to an attorney. As read in the miranda rights, this means that if a defendant cannot afford to hire a private attorney a legal attorney will be appointed to the defendant to represent him at no cost to the defendant. This is often a public defender. In addition, the court clerk for Apache County will also be able to provide general information about a specific criminal case. The clerk can only provide information and is not an attorney so they cannot provide legal advice, only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice about what the best options for are for your particular case.

Right to Jury Trial

For “Serious Crimes”, those that can have a potential penalty of 6 months in jail OR a minimum $500 penalty, the US Constitution guarantees a right to trial by jury. This is guaranteed by Article III of the Constitution and the 6th Amendment. The accused has the ability to waive their right to trial by jury.

What is the Burden of Proof?

The term “Burden of Proof” means that the prosecutor is required to prove the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. If the prosecutor cannot provide proof of the defendants guilt, then the judge or jury in a trial must find the defendant not guilty. In the United States the principle innocent until proven guilty derives from this that the defendant is assumed innocent and the prosecution has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Apache County Prosecutor

For criminal cases in Apache County, the prosecutor will be a representative of Apache County. The Apache County prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

Right to an attorney

The US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment ensures the right to an attorney regardless of whether or not you can afford one. In Apache County a public defender will be appointed by the judge if you cannot afford private representation.

Can I request a Plea Agreement?

In Apache County you may be able to enter into a plea agreement depending upon the severity of the charges. It is also dependant upon the prosecution willing to accept a plea agreement. You can ask your attorney to attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to avoid having a jury trial along with the potential for a more serious sentence. Approximately 9 out of 10 criminal cases usually end in a plea agreement.

Arraignments in Apache County

During an arraignment in Apache County, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Apache County, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Apache County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Jury Deliberation

In a jury trial in Apache County, after both the prosecution and defense have rested, the judge will give instructions to the jury and jury deliberations will begin. The jury will convence in a private room to discuss and deliberate the innocence or guilt of the defendant. Once the jury arrives at a unimanous decision, they will inform the judge that they have reached a decision. They will return to the court and the verdict will be read aloud. If the jury cannot reach a unaminous decision, the jury is said to be deadlocked and a mistrial will be declared in the case.

Sentencing in Apache County

In Apache County if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

Required Court Appearances in Apache County

Any required court appearances in Apache County Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

Apache County Criminal Court Locations

  • Apache County Superior Court

    Address: 70 West 3rd Avenue South, PO Box 365, St. Johns AZ 85936
    Phone: 928-337-7550 Fax: 928-337-2771

  • Chinle Justice Court

    Address: PO Box 888, Chinle AZ 86503
    Phone: 928-674-5922 Fax: 928-674-5926

  • Puerco Justice Court

    Address: County Road 780, PO Box 610, Sanders AZ 86512
    Phone: 928-688-2729 Fax: 928-688-2244

  • Round Valley Justice Court

    Address: 130 South Mountain Avenue, PO Box 1356, Springerville AZ 85938
    Phone: 928-333-4613 Fax: 928-333-4205

  • St. Johns Justice Court

    Address: 70 West 3rd Avenue South, PO Box 308, St. Johns AZ 85936
    Phone: 928-337-7558 Fax: 928-337-2683

  • Springerville Municipal Court

    Address: 130 South Mountain Avenue, PO Box 1356, Springerville AZ 85938
    Phone: 928-333-4613 Fax: 928-333-4205

  • St. Johns Municipal Court

    Address: 70 West 3rd Avenue South, PO Box 308, St. Johns AZ 85936
    Phone: 928-337-7558 Fax: 928-337-2683

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