Scottsdale City Court

Scottsdale, AZ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Online Plea?

It is a way to have the court review your plea of guilty without having to come to court for a pretrial conference or trial. The court will make decisions about your case using the same considerations as it would if you appeared in person or by mailed in a plea form. The offer the prosecutor extends through this website is the same offer you would receive in court. It simply takes place through this website

What are the benefits of Online Plea?

You can plead guilty, be sentenced, and pay your fines/costs without going to court in person.

How is it different online than in person?

It is not different. There is a real judge and prosecutor on the other side making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court in person. It just takes place through this website.

How does it work?

You submit a request to the court to plead guilty. The court will review your case and contact you if you are eligible. If you are eligible the prosecutor will send you an online plea agreement to review and sign. Everything is done online so you do not have to travel to the courthouse.

Is there a charge for Online Plea?

No.

Why does the court allow Online Plea?

Some defendants may live far from the court (perhaps in another state), may be incarcerated, may have health issues, or may have transportation challenges and cannot appear in court personally. If you find you are in one of these situations, you may want to request to plead through this online program.

How many days do I have to respond to my plea form once it is sent to me by the prosecutor?

Seven calendar days.

What happens if the prosecutor and I can't come to an agreement on the terms of my plea?

If your matter cannot be handled online, you will have to attend your hearing in person at the court.

If I plea and the outcome of my case requires payment, will I still be responsible to pay my fines and costs?

Yes, you are still responsible for paying any fines and costs that are a result from your case. You will be provided clear and concise information (which you may print for your records) if a payment is expected and the amount owed.

How will I know if the court accepts my online plea?

We will email or text you, and we'll update the message on your status page when you come back to the website.

Wouldn't I get a better deal by going to court in person?

No. This website is not "automated." There is a real judge and prosecutor on the other side, making decisions about your case using the same considerations as they would in person. The offer the prosecutor extends through this website is the same as you would receive in person. It simply takes place through this website.