What does it mean if the charge is dismissed? In Arizona it means the State, City or County has decided not to proceed with its case against you. It means that if you are asked on any application whether you have ever been convicted of a
What happens after I am charged? Usually, the law enforcement officer who charges you will give you your citation and release you without taking you to jail. The citation will contain the name of the charge and the number of the statute you have been
What is a misdemeanor? Under Arizona state law, crimes are categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors. Felonies are the most serious crimes — murder, manslaughter, arson, rape, etc. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes. Some of the most common misdemeanors college students are charged with are
A bench trial takes place in front of a judge only. There is no jury. The judge is both the finder of fact and ruler on matters of law and procedure. The judge decides the credibility of the evidence presented at trial.