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What the Location of the Criminal Court You Are Required to Appear at Can Tell You About Your Charges

If you were arrested for DUI or charged with a crime, you should have a complaint or citation. This document will provide information about the location and name of the court that you are required to appear. This is hearing is called an “Arraignment”. All misdemeanors are heard in the lower courts which are City or Justice courts, in the municipality where you were cited or arrested.

If you are required to appear in Tempe Municipal Court, for a misdemeanor or preliminary hearing for a felony for DUI or criminal charges.  Below is the location and telephone number for that criminal court:

Tempe Municipal Court

140 East 5th Street #150

Tempe, AZ 85281

The telephone number for that court is Telephone (480) 350-8271, if you need additional information about the court’s location. If you have questions regarding your requirement to appear, you should direct those to a private practice criminal defense attorney for assistance, instead of the court.

Initial Court Appearance Representation

It is always recommended that you consult a criminal lawyer who defends charges in the city where you were arrested or cited, before your court appearance. They will provide you with information concerning your charges and options for retaining legal representation to defend your charges.

You should never ignore your court date. “Failure to Appear” A.R.S. § 13- 2506 for court as instructed will result in a Bench Warrant for your arrest, and additional criminal charges. If retained, your attorney can sometimes vacate the Arraignment, and file the appropriate legal documentation that would have been asked for during your appearance. They will then get a new court date, and begin working the case in your defense.