Prescott, AZ – Felony cases in Yavapai County often face the Early Disposition Court, or EDC, which is an attempt by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office to get felony defendants to give up their constitutional rights, plead guilty, and most likely go to the Arizona Department of Corrections.
No defendant should ever take an EDC plea without a lawyer’s advice. And EDC doesn’t really give anybody, defendants or defense lawyers, a chance to thoroughly review the case or the State’s evidence. It’s well known law in Arizona that a Yavapai County Superior Court judge, or any Superior Court judge, cannot accept a guilty plea on a felony case unless the defendant knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently waived all of his constitution rights associated with criminal cases.
Can you really waive all of those rights intelligently in Yavapai County’s EDC on a felony case? Doubtful. To do so, you’d need time to review all of the State’s disclosure, which is often ongoing.
Rule 15.1 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure requires specific types and amounts of disclosure. Can the prosecutors in Yavapai really meet those requirements at EDC? Again, doubtful.
Before pleading guilty to any criminal offense in Arizona, click the link at the top of this page for a free consultation. Or call Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC now.