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FAQ - Criminal Charges or Complaints in Court

Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

What happens at a trial on criminal charges or complaints?

Depending on the alleged offense, the person charged, the defendant, may be entitled to a trial by jury.  The defendant is entitled to hear all testimony introduced against him or her. A defendant has the right to cross-examine any witness who testifies against him or her, to testify on his or her own behalf and a constitutional right not to testify. If the defendant chooses not to testify, a refusal cannot and will not be used against the defendant in determining their guilt or innocence. However, if a defendant chooses to testify, the prosecutor will have the right to cross-examine the defendant. A defendant may call witnesses to testify on his or her behalf and has the right to have the court issue subpoenas to ensure the appearance of reluctant witnesses.