Navajo County Attorney’s Office
Victim and Witness Services Frequently Asked Questions
Reporting a Crime
I believe a crime has been committed. How can I press charges or report the crime?
The primary investigative agency for a crime is the municipal police department
in the city or town where the crime occurred, or the Navajo County Sheriff’s
Office if the crime occurred outside the boundaries of a city or town. Call 911
or the local law enforcement agency immediately to report a crime. Once the agency
completes its initial investigation, the report is filed with the Navajo County
Attorney’s Office. The Charging Prosecution Team reviews each report and decides
what charge(s), if any, will be filed.
My neighbor/friend/relative is doing drugs. How can I report the problem?
An investigation by the local law enforcement agency needs to take place before
the case can be submitted to the Navajo County Attorney’s Office. Please contact
the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where you believe the crime was committed.
Persons charged with possession of illegal drugs may have the opportunity to participate
in the innovative and effective Navajo County Drug Court Program.
I have information concerning a crime. How can I anonymously report the problem?
See the page of our website about the WeTip crime hotline. WeTip is completely anonymous
— you aren’t allowed to identify yourself, and you can’t be identified
by the operators who staff the lines.
Being a Victim of a Crime
Police have arrested the person believed to have committed the crime against me.
What happens next?
Once the law enforcement investigation is complete and they submit the report to
the Navajo County Attorney’s office you will receive a letter from the Victim
Services Division advising you of your legal rights. Every victim is assigned a
victim advocate to provide assistance during the prosecution of the case. Victims
have the right to privileged (confidential) communication with their victim advocate.
Your victim advocate will act as a liaison between you and the prosecutor and will
assist you by providing criminal justice information and other services to ensure
that your rights as a crime victim are protected and enforced.
I am the victim. Can I drop the charges?
Many people incorrectly believe that a victim has the power to “press charges”
or “drop the charges” against the defendant. While you may be the victim,
all crimes are considered to be offenses against the State. Therefore, the Navajo
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, although the victim’s opinion is always considered in reaching a
A variety of factors are taken into account when deciding whether to honor a victim’s
request not to proceed with prosecuting a case. These factors include, but are not
limited to, 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 the possible future danger to the community.
What are my rights as a victim?
Article 2, Section 2.1 of the Arizona Constitution specifies the rights of crime
victims. One of the key goals of our Victim and Witness Services staff is to ensure
that your rights as a victim are fully understood, protected and enforced.
I am having trouble with the emotional impact of the crime. Where can I get counseling?
Our Victim and Witness Services staff is trained to assist you in finding all types
of victim services, including counseling. They are also trained to provide emotional
support. Please give them a call and let them help.
I need legal advice. Can I speak to an attorney?
The Navajo County Attorney’s Office cannot give legal advice on private legal
issues. However, there is a free legal clinic available to those who qualify. For
more information contact White Mountain Legal Aid at (928) 537-8383 or 1-800-658-7958.
Also remember that our Victim and Witness Services exists to assist you. Even though
they can’t give legal advice, they may be able to help steer you in the right
Whom can I contact about getting orders of protection or injunctions of harassment?
Orders of protection and injunctions of harassment can be issued by a justice of
the peace, municipal or superior court judge. Again, our Victim and Witness Services
staff is available to assist you.
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