Coconino County felony charges and convictions explained…

Coconino County in Northern Arizona is the second largest county in the United States. Because of its major intersection of I-40 (west toward Los Angeles, east towards New Mexico, Texas, and the east coast) and I-17 (south toward Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, and Mexico), major drug trafficking, drug transportation, and marijuana cases often arise in Coconino County. All Arizona felony charges in Coconino County are tried in the Coconino County Superior Court, located at 200 N. San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001. Once you are charged with a felony, the Arraignment, Case Management Conferences, Plea Agreements, Evidentiary Hearings, and other legal proceedings start coming at you fast and furious.

If you are arrested for a felony in Northern Arizona, you need to hire a lawyer fast to protect your rights and assert your defenses and get you out of jail as soon as possible. A felony case, by definition, is a case in which if you are convicted you may be sentenced to a term in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Felony convictions also result in many of your Arizona rights to be taken away, such as the right to possess a firearm and the right to vote. As an example of a Coconino County felony, let’s say, heading east on I-40 from L.A. and charged with transporting marijuana for sale, while traveling through Coconino County on I-40 near Flagstaff, here’s what happens.

  1. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will impound your car and arrest you.
  2. You will be taken to a police station where they will ask to interview you.
  3. You will (or should be) provided you Miranda rights.
  4. The officers will really be interested in knowing whether you have good information about drug rings, drug manufacturers, drug suppliers, and basically anyone above you in the drug food chain.
  5. They’ll first ask you about your own illegal activity to make sure they can file felony drug charges against you.
  6. Once they have you for a felony, they can try to leverage that against you for information.
  7. Whether it’s a drug felony or other type of Arizona felony crime, you are likely to be arrested and jailed.
  8. Within 24 hours of being arrested in Arizona, you must be taken before a magistrate judge to be informed of many important things: the charges, your right to counsel, your right to remain silent, and more.

See Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 4.2.

Additionally, if only a felony complaint is filed against you, you shall have the right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of your arrest.

See Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 5.1.

If a judge determines there is probable cause in your case, you will have an Information filed against you. The prosecutor can instead take your case before a Coconino County Grand Jury and seek a grand jury Indictment. A felony Information and felony Indictment are, for all important purposes, the same thing in Arizona.

They both mean the same thing: you are accused of and will stand trial for a felony or multiple felony offenses. You will need excellent legal representation at the following hearings in the Coconino County Superior Court: Arraignment Case Management Conferences Evidentiary Hearings Change of Plea Hearings Jury Trial Sentencing Hearings Post-Conviction Relief Hearings It is very important to get a good criminal defense lawyer as early as possible in your Coconino County felony case.

Some felony cases proceed very fast. And if you are only facing a complaint at the moment, your case can potentially be resolved completely as a misdemeanor in the Flagstaff Justice Court, Williams Justice Court, or Page Justice Court.

Time is of the essence. If you have questions about your felony case in Coconino County Superior Court, send me a message for free using the form in the right column (near the top of this page). Coconino County also touches many other counties, including the Utah border. Here are those counties adjacent to Coconino: Mohave County, Arizona Yavapai County, Arizona Gila County, Arizona Navajo County, Arizona San Juan County, Utah Kane County, Utah If you’ve been charged with, or arrested for, any felony crime in Coconino County or any of its adjacent counties, contact Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC now for best results.

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