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Preliminary hearings occur for persons accused of committing a felony through a direct complain, instead of an indictment. We have a helpful document that gives a full overview of preliminary hearings.
A generic Power of Attorney form is available at this link General Durable Power of Attorney. This form was prepared by Community Legal Services and we have been given permission to share it with clients who have expressed a need for such a form. Some clients may want to use this form to work with others to handle non-criminal matters impacting their lives. Please note that the MCPD does not take any responsibility for its contents or for any consequences that may result from a client or a client's family member(s) using this form. It is merely provided as a convenience for individuals seeking a power of attorney form.
A person's civil liberties may be restored. A person with only one Arizona felony conviction, whose civil rights were lost or suspended, had their rights automatically restored upon completion of a term of probation, or receipt of an absolute discharge from imprisonment if the person paid all imposed fines or restitution. However, this does not apply to the right to possess a weapon. To restore the right to possess a weapon the person must file an application with Maricopa County Superior Court.
A person with two or more Arizona felony convictions must file the applications to restore their civil liberties with Maricopa County Superior Court. A separate application will be required for each felony criminal case. For more information or to access the applications, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
If you only had one Arizona felony your rights were restored upon completion of probation or absolute discharge from the Department of Corrections as long as all fines and restitution were paid. However, to ensure that the court informs the elections office that you are eligible to vote you should file an application to restore your civil liberties. Also, the court will not set aside a judgment of guilt without an application.
If you have two or more felonies in Arizona you may apply to restore your civil liberties upon completion of probation or two years from your absolute discharge as long as all your fines and restitution were paid.
For more information on applying to restore your civil liberties, please visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.
You may pick up an application in person at:201 West Jefferson StreetPhoenix, AZ, 85003
222 East Javelina Mesa, AZ, 85210
Carefully read over the form to ensure you know what information the form is requesting.
In addition, the form may be accessed under "Restoration of Civil Rights" on the Maricopa County Superior Court Website.