Primary Law Enforcement Agencies Serving Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Police Department: Tempe police has more than 350 police officers and 150 civilian staff members. The officers and employees of Tempe Police Department serve over 170,000 Tempe residents and over 80,000 college students. And during the day, the Tempe population increases to over 250,000. In addition, Tempe athletic and entertainment venues cause dramatic population and traffic surges. Misdemeanor cases from Tempe Police Department are sent to the Tempe Municipal Court. Felony cases from Tempe Police Department are referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
ASU Police Department: Arizona State University’s Police Department serves as the law enforcement agency for ASU property under the control of the Arizona Board of Regents. The Arizona State University Police Department, having mutual agreements with the City of Tempe, also provides law enforcement and traffic control for Tempe streets surrounding the ASU campus. Misdemeanor cases charged by the Tempe Police Department are most often referred to the University Lakes and Kyrene Justice Courts. Felony matters, investigated by ASU police, are referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Arizona’s Department of Public Safety: Occasionally, the charging agency in a Tempe criminal case will be State law enforcement. That situation is most common when the alleged criminal conduct occurs on or near an Arizona State highway. Tempe misdemeanor cases from these state agencies are referred to the University Lakes or Kyrene Justice Courts. Felony matters from Tempe are referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Tobin Law Office Offers Dedicated and Experienced Criminal Defense in Tempe, Arizona Criminal Cases.
If you’ve been charged with in Tempe, Arizona, it’s not a good idea to represent yourself. Tempe’s criminal laws are harsh and have lasting consequences. When you try to represent yourself in a criminal case, you’ll find yourself attending several court dates over several months. You’ll be up against trained prosecutors, judges, and police officers. And no matter what the government may tell you, it’s important to realizes that these officials have a specific goal: to convict and punish you without concern for your personal situation, circumstances, or future. Mr. Tobin will tell you, from experience as a former prosecutor, prosecutors and judges aren’t there to help your specific situation. Instead, they’ll see as a number—a person they want to convict and get off their calendar as quickly as possible.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime out of Tempe, Arizona, you need to consult with a criminal lawyer that’s familiar with Arizona’s complex criminal laws, as well as an attorney who’s familiar with the law enforcement agencies, courts, judges, and prosecutors that handle Tempe criminal cases.