Kyrene Justice Court Criminal Charges in Arizona

Kyrene Justice Court Criminal Charges in Arizona

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– In today’s video, we’re talking about the Kyrene Justice Court. The Kyrene Justice Court, it’s a misdemeanor court in
Maricopa County in Arizona, it covers a big geographic region, and we see a lot of
people charged with crimes out of this particular court. So in this video, we’ll
talk a little bit more about the court’s jurisdiction, the types of crimes that we
see cited into this court, we’ll tell you about the
prosecutors and the judge, so you have a better understanding
of how this court works if you’ve been charged
with a crime out of Kyrene. So let’s take a look at
the court’s jurisdiction. So as I said, it’s a big geographic area, and it covers some pretty big freeways. A lot of people pass
through this court’s area. When I’m talking about jurisdiction, I mean physically, the geographic area that make up the boundaries of this court, and this is what it looks like. So you can see here, in the yellow, those are the boundaries of
the Kyrene Justice Court. In the pink, we have some
of the major freeways that go through this court,
so you have the I-10, so if you’re heading down to
Tucson from Central Phoenix or anything north of Kyrene, you’re gonna pass right through
the Kyrene Justice Court. Also, the I-10 going north,
it covers both directions, northbound and southbound,
it merges over into the 143, which is sort of a big
interchange there as well, and then it covers a little bit of the 60 going eastbound and westbound. So you can see, the court is very big, the court’s jurisdiction is large, and a lot of people are gonna
be passing through this area. It’s patrolled predominantly by DPS, the Department of Public
Safety, or the MCSO, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Officers. They are the ones who are
patrolling this particular area, and because of all those
freeways that I just pointed out, we see a lot of traffic-related offenses. We see a lot of DUIs, a
lot of criminal speeding. Criminal speeding is a crime in Arizona, hence the name criminal, and a lot of people
get it going northbound and southbound on the I-10 there in between Phoenix and Tucson. Another thing that we see are
just general traffic tickets. We see a lot of reckless driving. If you get stopped for
a civil traffic ticket and you have a suspended license, you may also be charged with a crime for driving on a suspended license. Basically, anything involving traffic will be cited into this court. Tell you about the prosecutors, so because this is a justice court, and it’s in Maricopa County, it’s governed by the Maricopa
County’s Attorney’s Office. Those are the prosecutors
who are responsible for prosecuting crimes out
of the Kyrene Justice Court. MCAO, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, they run on a lot of policy,
meaning the policy is set, and then the prosecutors
must follow the policy. So it’s set by their
bosses who are working in downtown Arizona, downtown Phoenix, and then what’ll happen is, different prosecutors
will travel out to all of these different justice
courts throughout the valley, Kyrene being one of them,
and what we’ve found is a lot of the prosecutors
who are in this court really don’t have a lot of discretion, they don’t have a lot of
authority to make many decisions. They tend to be newer prosecutors, and they just are sort
of following the orders, they’re following the policies of what their bosses say they should do. So they’ll take a look at your crime, whatever you’re charged with, and they’ll put you in
the chart and they’ll say for this crime, for this background, for this speed, for this
blood alcohol content, whatever the characteristics are, that are in alignment with that policy, they follow the chart, they
pick out where you should be and they basically tell
you that’s your plea deal. They don’t have a lot of discretion, they don’t have a lot of
authority to negotiate charges down unless you
give them good cause, unless you have good legal reason for them to give you a better deal. It’s important to know that, because some people
think that they can just go into court, talk to their prosecutor, explain that the whole thing
was a misunderstanding, and they’ll take care of it. Unfortunately, it just
doesn’t work like that with the Maricopa County
Attorney’s Office. It’s a very big jurisdiction,
it’s a very big court. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office covers all of Maricopa County, it’s huge, so they follow policies to the T. So it’s important that you know that. Now let’s talk about the
judge, Judge Sharron Sauls. She’s a new judge, and I
kinda just butchered her name, but she’s a newer judge,
she just got elected and just took the bench
this year in January 2019. So she is not a licensed
attorney in the state of Arizona. Some judges are, some judges are not, and justices of the peace,
which is what Judge Sauls is, you don’t have to be a licensed attorney, you don’t have to be a licensed lawyer, you don’t have to go to law school. All you have to do is run
for office, get elected, and now you are a judge. And so Judge Sauls is
not a licensed attorney, doesn’t mean she’s a good
judge or a bad judge, just means she’s not a licensed lawyer, and so she may not have had as much of the same training that
your attorney may have had. It’s just important that
you understand that. Now, she did get a degree, in a Master of Legal Studies at ASU, so she does have some legal training. Some other judges have no legal training, so at least Judge Sauls
has a little bit there. She also has a background in sociology and mediation studies, and
she has been on a number of different committees in
her time, things like housing, public services, and
domestic violence committees, and one interesting
thing about Judge Sauls is she actually has
some intimate experience with the criminal justice system. So she was charged with a crime in 2003. It was charged as a felony. It was later reduced
down into a misdemeanor. She had an attorney, he was somebody with the Public Defender’s
Office at the time. You can look up her case on the internet. It’s still there. The judgment has been vacated, and so that’s been taken care of. Doesn’t mean that you
should pass any judgment. A lot of people watching this video have been charged with crimes also, and so it’s a little bit
interesting that a judge, who is actually going to
be sitting on the bench, may know better than most other judges what you’re going through, because this judge has
been through it herself. She’s been through the system, she knows how it works
on a firsthand basis, she’s been in front of judges, she’s probably been able to overhear or have some interaction with prosecutors. And so it’s not a bad thing. I actually think this judge
is probably in a good position to empathize more with other people who are going through the system. She’s a new judge, so we don’t know what a lot of her policies are, we don’t know how she’s gonna
be ruling on a lot of issues at the time that I’m making this video. We’ll probably learn more and more as we have more experience
with her in the courtroom, but as of today, she’s a new judge, and this is just a little bit about what we do know about her. So if you or somebody that you
know or love has been charged with a crime out of the
Kyrene Justice Court, give our office a call. We offer free case evaluations. We’ll sit down with you,
we’ll have you come in, we’ll make sure that we know
what you’re going through, what your background looks like, what the specifics are of your
case, but most importantly, make sure that you have a
plan for moving forward, make sure that you are not
going through this thing alone, because the stakes are
just simply too high to go in there and wing it. So give us a call. As I said, free case evaluations. Give us a call today, we look forward to speaking with you soon, and thanks for watching. (upbeat music)

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