Mohave County Superior Court DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, or any other city/town in Mohave County, we invite you to contact Rosenstein Law Group for smart and aggressive representation. Our DUI defense attorneys in Tempe and Mohave County ensure the highest quality counsel and representation to assist you. Call us at (480) 248-7666 for your free case evaluation.

Mohave County Courts Overview

If you have been arrested in Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City, or any other city/town in Mohave County, your case will likely end up in the Mohave County Superior Court. This court handles civil, criminal, and juvenile cases. Felony cases are likely filed in the Mohave County Superior Court, but lesser offenses may be filed in a Mohave County Justice Court. The felony charges that occur in this Court for DUI include a Class 4 Felony and Class 6 Felony.

A defendant may also be charged with: Endangerment, Aggravated Assault, Murder, or Vehicular Manslaughter.

Mohave County Superior Court Information and Locations

Kingman Office: 415 E. Spring Street PO Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86402

Ph: (928)753-0713

Fax: 928-718-4930

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Bullhead City Office: 2225 Trane Road, Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Ph: (928)758-0730

Fax: 928-758-1988

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Lake Havasu City Office: 2001 College Drive, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86404

Ph: (928)453-0701

Fax: 928-453-0742

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mohave County Superior Court Structure and Process of a Criminal Case:

Initial Appearance (IA)

This is the first time a defendant will be required to appear in Court. If a defendant is in custody, this is conducted within 24 hours. If a defendant is not in custody, the Court will send them a document with the date and time of the initial appearance. This is known as a summons.

The defendant is advised of the formal charges against them and their right to a defense and an attorney at this appearance. If a defendant cannot afford an attorney, the Court will appoint them an attorney at this appearance. The judge will also set the conditions for release from jail and a new court date for the next hearing.

Bond Set

Once a defendant’s bond is set at the initial appearance, the defendant’s release is conditioned upon the terms of that bond.

Status Conference

A status conference is a meeting at Court. This is an opportunity for a defendant’s defense lawyer and the prosecutor to resolve the case. If an agreement is reached during this conference, a sentencing hearing is scheduled in which the judge will consider the matter. If no agreement is reached, the Court will schedule a preliminary hearing.

The Preliminary Hearing Stage

A preliminary hearing is also known as a probable cause hearing. At this time, the prosecutor presents evidence to the Court to prove they have probable cause to proceed with the charges. The judge may dismiss the case for insufficient evidence or order a trial.

At this point, your case may be “scratched” or temporarily dismissed. This only applies to felony charges. If a case has been scratched, it may still be filed in the future. The state has seven years to file a case for a felony charge, so it is important to know that if your case is scratched, that does not mean it is going away for good.

Grand Jury

The grand jury, comprised of 16 jurors, is another method for initiating charges. The grand jury determines whether probable cause exists based on the evidence presented by the prosecutor. If the grand jury decides there is probable cause, a defendant will receive a grand jury indictment.


An arraignment is the defendant’s opportunity to enter a plea to the charges. If the defendant enters a “not guilty” plea, a court date will be set. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled if the defendant enters a “guilty” plea.

Trial (if necessary)

If a criminal case goes to trial, the state must prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Superior Court juries have eight or twelve jurors, depending on the charges. A verdict must be unanimous, or a mistrial can be declared, and the state could retry the case.

If the defendant and prosecutor agree to a bench trial, no jury will participate, and the judge will determine the verdict.

If the defendant receives a not guilty verdict, the charges are dismissed, and the defendant cannot be retried on the same charge.

Sentencing (if necessary)

If the defendant receives a guilty verdict, they face a range of possible sentences. The judge will set a sentencing date, where both the defense and prosecution may present evidence to help the judge determine an appropriate sentence.

Mohave County Superior Court DUI Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge in Mohave County, it is wise to consult an experienced DUI Defense Attorney. We encourage you to contact our team for a free consultation online or over the phone at (480) 248-7666.


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