I was charged with a felony. What is Maricopa County RCC Court?

by Aaron Black • April 26, 2012
RCC court is where almost all felony start. RCC was developed by the court system to try and quickly resolve felony cases before interviews are conducted and motions are filed. RCC is how the state saves money when it comes to criminal prosecutions on felony cases.

Felony criminal offenses and punishment

  • Class 6 felony - Class 6 felony carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges.

    Class 6 felonies can include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft and possession of marijuana.
     
  • Class 5 felony - A class 5 felony offense carries a maximum punishment of 2.5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges.

    Some examples of class 5 felony offenses include theft of a credit card, unlawful flight from law enforcement, criminal damage, theft and aggravated assault on a police officer.
     
  • Class 4 felony - A class 4 felony is punishable by a maximum punishment is 3.75 years in prison, 4 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges.

    Class 4 felony offenses include aggravated DUI, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, forgery, identity theft and burglary.
     
  • Class 3 felony - A class 3 felony offense is punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $150,000 and surcharges.

    Examples of class 3 felony offenses include theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana for sale, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and trafficking stolen property.
     
  • Class 2 felony - A class 2 felony offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, 7 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges.

    Class 2 felony offenses include possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, manslaughter, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child prostitution, armed robbery, assisting a criminal street gang, burglary, discharging a fire arm, theft and fraudulent schemes.
     
  • Class 1 felony - A class 1 felony offense is the most serious crime a person can be charged with and is reserved for murder charges only.

    A class 1 felony carries a minimum of 25 years to life and has a maximum penalty of the death penalty.
If you have been charged with a class 4, 5, or 6 felony your first court date will most likely be in RCC. At the RCC hearing you will meet with your lawyer, get a copy of your police report, and negotiate a plea. If you do not decide to accept your plea the case will be transferred to the trial division. At this level your case will be prepared for trial, motions will be filed and interviews will be conducted.

If you currently have a case in RCC contact DUI Attorney Aaron Black in Phoenix, AZ or call 480-729-1683 for guidance, counseling, and a ferocious defense.

Aaron Black is recognized as a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10/10 on AVVO.com, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).