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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.

Can I plead by telephone or mail?

If authorized by the court and the case is a misdemeanor, a telephonic plea may be available provided you are an out-of-state resident or you reside more than 100 miles from the court, the plea is in writing, a law enforcement officer certifies that you signed a plea of guilty/no contest form, and that the officer attached your fingerprint to the document. Courts of limited jurisdiction may accept a written plea of guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor or petty offense if the court is satisfied that a personal appearance by the defendant would constitute an undue hardship such as illness, physical incapacity, substantial distance to travel, or incarceration. A plea submitted by mail must comply with the requirements of Rule 17 and must be signed by the defendant and acknowledged by a notary public.
•    Rule 17, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure
•    Form 28(a) Guilty or No Contest Pleas by Mail