What Does it Mean if My Status Conference or Preliminary Hearing Got Vacated in Maricopa County Superior Court?

by Aaron Black • February 07, 2013
When your case gets vacated at the status conference or preliminary hearing date it means your case is most likely going to the grand jury. The grand jury is a secret proceeding where it is decided if there is enough evidence to hold your case over for trial.

If your case was vacated, formal charges by way of an indictment are coming. You are now facing serious felony charges and need to get in contact with a serious felony lawyer.

Arizona Felony levels 

Class 6 felony

Class 6 felonies can include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft and possession of marijuana.
  • Carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison.
  • 3 years of supervised probation
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
Class 5 felony

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
  • Carries a maximum punishment of 2.5 years in prison
  • 3 years of supervised probation
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
Class 4 felony

Class 4 felony offenses include aggravated DUI, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, forgery, identity theft and burglary.
  • Punishable by a maximum punishment is 3.75 years in prison
  • 4 years of probation
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
Class 3 felony

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.
  • Punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison
  • 5 years of probation
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
Class 2 felony

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 firearm, theft and fraudulent schemes.
  • Punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison
  • 7 years of probation
  • $150,000 fine plus surcharges
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 and it carries a minimum of 25 years to life and has a maximum penalty of the death penalty.

If you have been charged with a felony in the Maricopa County Superior Court contact Aaron Black or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation to start fighting the charges.

Aaron is a Phoenix Criminal Defense Lawyer and one of the leading trial attorneys in Arizona. 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).


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