Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. We are available 24/7, nights, weekends and holidays. However, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or has severe physical injuries please call 911.
Each agency that is responsible for Victims' Rights, is often addressed at different stages in the case. For example, law enforcement (LE), Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Adult Probation Department (APO), the County Attorney (MCAO), Department of Corrections (DOC), Board of Executive Clemency, and the Attorney General (AG) all have legal mandates regarding victims of crime. The stage of the case (status) or what the sentence result is, determines the agency responsible for adhering to those rights.
That answer is dependent on whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony and what Jurisdiction the crime occurred in. Contact the investigating police officer/agency to determine where the case or charge was submitted. For example, if it was submitted to a city or justice court, the charge is probably a misdemeanor. If the crime occurred in Glendale, for example, the City of Glendale court retains jurisdiction. If it was submitted to the County Attorney, the charge is probably a felony and Superior Court retains jurisdiction. If it was submitted to US District Court or Federal Court, that court retains jurisdiction. The investigating officer should be able to tell you where the case was submitted. At that point, you should contact the City Prosecutor or County Attorney handling the case for more information.
Yes, except as exempted by Arizona State Statute. Exculpatory Statements, which tend to clear, justify, or excuse a defendant from alleged fault or guilt must be reported to the Prosecution. Discussions with staff are private and confidential. We do not take notes or record conversations. If you are providing an Impact Statement, we draft a letter to be submitted to the courts. records. Our Agency holds confidentiality in high regard and will not release information. All address and telephone information updated with this agency will not be shared with other agencies. We understand that this creates more work for you to call many agencies with updates, but we hope that you will appreciate the protection of your information.