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Victim Notification FAQ's

Reporting a Crime

Q. How do I report a crime?

If you believe a crime has been committed, you should contact the appropriate law enforcement agency. For crimes committed within the Flagstaff city limits contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414. For crimes committed outside of the City of Flagstaff, contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or call your local law enforcement agency.

List of Law Enforcement Agency contacts.

For an emergency anywhere in Coconino County, call 911. If you have information concerning a crime and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

Q. Where do I report consumer fraud?

You can contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-2466.

For problems with bad checks, contact the County Attorney's Bad Check Program at (928) 679-8218.


Domestic Problems

Q. What number do I call to report a case to Child Protective Services?

1-800-330-1822

Q. How do I press charges if someone in my home is being physically or sexually abused?

If this is an emergency, dial 911. If not, the County Attorney's Office receives cases through law enforcement agencies. For crimes committed within the Flagstaff city limits contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928) 774-1414. For crimes committed outside of the City of Flagstaff, contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or call your local law enforcement agency.

List of Law Enforcement Agency contacts

Q. How do I get an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment to keep spouse or someone else from harming me or my children?

Orders of Protection can be issued by a Justice of The Peace, Municipal or Superior Court Judge. You may obtain an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment from the Flagstaff Municipal Court, the Superior Court, or the Flagstaff, WilliamsFredonia or Page Justice Courts.



Being a Victim of a Crime

Q: I am a victim. Can I drop the charges?

Many people incorrectly believe a victim has the power to "press charges" or "drop the charges" against the accused. All crimes are considered offenses against the State, not only the victim; therefore, the Coconino County Attorney's Office prosecutes criminal complaints on behalf of the State of Arizona. Only the attorney prosecuting the case can decide to file or dismiss charges, though the victim's opinion is important in that decision. A variety of factors are taken into account when deciding whether to honor a victim's request not to proceed with prosecution, including the nature and extent of the defendant's criminal history, the severity of the alleged crime, whether the defendant has other pending charges in the criminal justice system, and future danger to the community.

Q: What are my rights as a victim?

Article 2 Section 2.1 of the Arizona State Constitution provides for the right of victims of a crime. Visit our Victims' Bill of Rights page for a list of those rights. A victim has rights after the arrest or formal charging of the person responsible for a criminal offense. If the final termination of a criminal prosecution is by dismissal with prejudice or acquittal, the victim no longer is entitled to such rights. If the defendant received a sentence of probation, jail or prison on the charge which affected the victim, the victim has rights until the defendant has completed his sentence.

Q: I am a victim of a violent crime. Will the prosecuting attorney pay for my hospital bills and lost wages?

The Arizona Crime Victim's Compensation Fund may be able to help you with out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses, loss of support and mental health. Follow the link to the Victim/Witness Services For Coconino County web page for more information, or contact them at (928) 679-7770.

Q: Who can I contact about getting orders of protection or injunctions of harassment?

Orders of Protection can be issued by a justice of the peace, municipal or superior court judge. You may obtain an order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment from the Flagstaff Justice Court located at 200 N. San Francisco Street. Or phone (928) 679-6750 for more information.


Q: How can I get restitution for my loss?

If you have suffered a monetary loss because of the crime committed against you, the judge may order restitution in the amount of the loss if the defendant is found guilty. Restitution may include reimbursement for medical expenses, mental health counseling, funeral costs, expenses to restore physical safety, lost or damaged property, or lost wages.

The judge will establish a payment schedule according to the defendant’s ability to pay. The payments are made by the defendant to the Clerk of the Court, who disburses the money to you.

If the defendant does not pay the restitution, notify the judge and contact the Victim Witness Services ACJC for information on how to file a restitution lien against the defendant’s property.

Q: Do I have to attend court hearings?

As the victim, you have the right to be present at all criminal proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present. However, you are not required to attend unless you receive a subpoena.

Just because the victim has the right to attend does not mean that the victim has the right to speak at the hearing. Victims will only be heard at hearings involving a post-arrest release decision, a negotiated plea, and sentencing or when post-conviction release from confinement is being considered.

For a description of the different types of hearings go to the Victim Rights Reference Guide.

Q: Where can I get a police report?

If you are the victim of a crime, you can obtain one free copy of the police report from the law enforcement agency involved.

Q: How can I contact the prosecutor assigned to the case?

The prosecutors are often in court all day and may not be readily available. For more immediate assistance, you may call our office at (928) 679-8215 and ask to speak with the Victim Notification Legal Assistant between the hours of 8AM and 5PM.


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