Gila County Criminal Court

Gila County Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in Gila County. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in Gila County.

The Right to Trial by Jury

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by a jury. This is applicable for when the crime can carry a sentence of 6 months in jail OR a $500 fine, these are known as “Serious Crimes”. The defendant can also waive their right to a speedy and public trial.

Required Court Appearances in Gila County

Any required court appearances in Gila 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.

Gila County Criminal Court

Gila County Criminal Court

Where will Gila County criminal case hearings take place?

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

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Plea Agreements

A Plea Agreement, sometimes known as a Plea Bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defendant, where the defendant pleads guilty or no contest often in exchange for a lesser charge or lighter recommended sentence. A large majority of criminal cases end in a plea agreement. In Gila County you can inform your attorney to negotiate with the prosecution to attempt to come to a plea agreement, but this is dependent upon the charge severity and also the prosecutors willingness to accept a plea deal.

Who is the prosecutor for Gila County?

Depending upon the case, the prosecutor for Gila County criminal cases will either be a representative of Gila County or a representative from Arizona. After reviewing evidence it is the prosecutor’s decision whether to file charges or drop a case. Most prosecutors have the ability to negotiate plea bargains, and determine how the case will be prosecuted.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

Defendant Sentencing

At a sentence hearing the judge will inform the defendant of the sentence that will be imposed. This sometimes occurs at the same hearing in which the defendant is found guilty (either by trial or plea agreement). In can also occur at a later date, most often this is due to the complexity of the case where more time is needed to determine the appropriate sentence.

Appealing a Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

Arraignments in Gila County

During an arraignment in Gila 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 Gila 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 Gila County the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Who can help me in Gila County?

For general information about your case the Gila County court clerk will be able to provide legal information about your specific criminal case. Legal information is not legal advice though, the court clerk will only be able to provide information about your case, like date/time of hearings what will occur at the hearing and what you may be required to do in the hearing. They cannot provide advice about what you should do or what the best legal options may be for your particular case. Only an attorney can provide legal advice and this is your best place for information about your specific criminal proceeding. If you cannot afford to hire a private attorney to represent you, a judge will appoint an attorney to represent you, this is most often a public defender.

Gila County Criminal Court Locations

  • Gila County Superior Court – Globe

    Address: 1400 East Ash Street, Globe AZ 85501
    Phone: 928-402-8866 Fax: 928-425-7802

  • Gila County Superior Court – Payson

    Address: 714 South Beeline Highway, Suite 104, Payson AZ 85541
    Phone: 928-474-3978 Fax: 928-474-2895

  • Globe Regional Justice Court

    Address: 1400 East Ash Street, Globe AZ 85501
    Phone: 928-402-8537

  • Payson Regional Justice Court

    Address: 714 South Beeline Hwy, Suite 103, Payson AZ 85541
    Phone: 928-474-5267 Fax: 928-474-6214

  • Globe Municipal Court

    Address: 150 North Pine Street, Globe AZ 85501
    Phone: 928-425-0471

  • Hayden Municipal Court

    Address: 520 Velasco Avenue, PO Box B, Hayden AZ 85235
    Phone: 520-356-7801 Ext 1 Fax: 520-356-6334

  • Miami Municipal Court

    Address: 1400 East Ash Street, Globe AZ 85501
    Phone: 928-425-3231

  • Payson Magistrate Court

    Address: 714 South Beeline Hwy, Suite 103, Payson AZ 85541
    Phone: 928-474-5267 Fax: 928-474-6214

  • Star Valley Magistrate Court

    Address: 714 South Beeline Hwy, Suite 103, Payson AZ 85541
    Phone: 928-474-5267 Fax: 928-474-6214

  • Winkelman Municipal Court

    Address: 206 Giffin Avenue, PO Box 386, Winkelman AZ 85292
    Phone: 520-356-7854

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