This is the first post in a series which will discuss filing for post-conviction relief in Arizona. I am writing this series due to the fact that many people convicted of crimes, and even incarcerated, in our state may be eligible for post-conviction relief and not realize it. Also, many people are not clear on the difference between post-conviction relief (otherwise known as filing for a writ of habeas corpus or Rule 32 PCR Petition ) and filing a direct appeal. These are just some of the issues I will address over my coming posts.
I will be looking at a number of subjects as part of this series. Topics I will address include:
- The difference between post-conviction relief and a direct appeal
- The process of filing for a writ of habeas corpus
- One’s options if their Rule 32 PCR Petition is denied
These are important topics as Arizona residents, who are wrongly convicted or incarcerated, only have a limited amount of time in which they may request relief from the Court. If the appropriate petitions are not filed within the requisite times then it becomes more difficult for people to request a new trial or even a release from custody. These time constraints are just one reason that one should contact an attorney immediately if they or a loved one wishes to seek such relief from the Court.
Post-conviction petitions in Arizona are governed by Rule 32. This is an area of law in which many attorneys do not practice. Hiring counsel who is familiar with the processes of post-conviction relief, and who has experience in this area, may make the difference in how your case moves through the system. If you have questions about the process then contact my office immediately for a consultation. In addition to Phoenix, I also represent Maricopa County defendants in Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert and Pima County residents in Tucson.