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Phone#: (928) 645-4256
The City Attorney's office assures the legality of the official business of the City of Page by providing legal representation and advice to the Mayor and Council, City Departments and staff, and the City’s Boards and Commissions.
The City Attorney is responsible for drafting, reviewing and/or approving as to form all proposed ordinances, resolutions, and contracts, which may be considered for adoption by the City Council to ensure that they adequately protect the legal interests of the City.
The City Attorney also acts as the legal advisor to the City Manager with respect to matters involving an official duty or any legal matter pertaining to the affairs of the City.
The City Attorney, in consultation with the City Council, may appear in any and all litigation affecting the City.
In addition to these civil duties, the City Attorney represents the City and the State of Arizona in the prosecution of criminal misdemeanor cases occurring within the City limits.
The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice and does not represent individuals in private legal matters.
However, the Arizona State Bar (http://www.azbar.org/) provides information on lawyer referral, low income, and self-help legal services.
What to expect if you have been charged with a misdemeanor complaint or citation:
Do I Need an Attorney?
You must answer this question for yourself. You may either represent yourself or hire an attorney. No other person besides you or your attorney may represent you on your case.
You may or may not qualify for a court-appointed attorney. The Court alone can make that determination. You should promptly inform the Court if you already have an attorney or plan to hire one, or if you are requesting that the Court appoint an attorney to represent you.
Once an attorney has entered an appearance on your behalf concerning your case, your attorney must communicate with the City Attorney on your behalf. The City Attorney cannot speak with represented defendants without their attorney present.
At your initial appearance/arraignment, the Judge will advise you of your rights and explain the charges brought against you. You will be asked to enter a plea concerning the charges.
The City Attorney's Office cannot speak to you or answer questions regarding your case before you have been advised of your rights and have entered a plea.
No testimony will be taken at initial appearance/arraignment and no witnesses will be present unless your case involved an alleged victim who has asked to be present. The Court will not grant any request to dismiss any charges at initial appearance/arraignment. Instead, you must decide upon a plea and enter your plea to the charges against you.
Under the American system of justice, all persons are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. Your decision on which plea to enter is one of the most important decisions you will have to make at your initial appearance/arraignment. There are three possible pleas to a criminal charge: Guilty, No Contest (or Nolo Contendere), or Not Guilty.
A plea of guilty means that you admit that you committed the act charged in the complaint, that the act is prohibited by law, and that you have no legal defense for your act. If you were involved in a traffic accident at the time of the alleged offense, your plea of guilty could be used later in a civil suit for damages as an admission by you relative to the question of fault. If you enter a plea of guilty, you may be sentenced following the Judge's acceptance of your plea, or you may be sentenced at a later date.
A plea of no contest, also known as nolo contendere, means that you are not admitting or denying guilt. You are saying that you do not wish to contest the State's charge against you. Upon a plea of no contest, the Judge will impose a sentence as if you plead guilty. If you enter a plea of no contest, you may be sentenced following the Judge's acceptance of your plea, or you may be sentenced at a later date.
A plea of not guilty means that you are informing the Court that you deny guilt and that the State must prove the criminal charge against you. Under our American system of justice, all criminal defendants are presumed to be innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If your plea is not guilty, a pretrial conference will be scheduled with the City Attorney.
Rescheduling a Court Date
You will need to submit a written request to the Court (with a copy to the City Attorney's Office) to postpone any Court date. Be sure to include your name, current contact information, the case number, and the reason for your request, together with any documentation, such as a doctor's statement, to support your request. This is only a request - it is up to the Court whether or not to grant the request.