EDC (Early Disposition Court)

by | Jun 6, 2016 | Criminal Law | 0 comments

What is EDC?  If you are scheduled for Early Disposition Court (EDC), be careful. EDC has a hurried, confusing atmosphere where you are asked to make vital decisions too rapidly. Take charge of your case before EDC: call Craig Williams for a consultation @759-0000.

What is EDC?

Following an arrest for a felony in Yavapai County, your case will most likely be set for Early Disposition Court, commonly called “EDC.” The court order to appear at EDC may be listed under “conditions of release” along with the date and time of the hearing. EDC is meant to speed up the criminal court process by gathering all defendants who were charged within a particular time frame into one courtroom to handle numerous defendants’ hearings in one day. Generally, EDC is held in the Yavapai County Superior Court on Tuesdays in Prescott, and on Thursdays in Camp Verde. The time of the EDC hearing depends on whether or not you are in custody. EDC is meant to occur before a preliminary hearing is held, or before the case is presented to a Grand Jury.

The point of EDC is to induce you to plead guilty at your first appearance in superior court.

If you do not have an attorney, one can be appointed to represent you, if you qualify. Typically, you will not meet the court-appointed until the EDC hearing. At EDC, you will most likely be given a plea offer and minimal disclosure (typically a police report only – no audio/video, no testing of evidence, no defense interviews of witnesses and police). If there is an EDC plea offer, it will be explained to you by a court-appointed defense attorney. The court-appointed defense attorney, prosecutor, and judge may meet during EDC, and then tell you the anticipated consequences you would face by taking the plea on that day at EDC, along with the benefits.

At EDC, there is no time for a thorough examination of the evidence.

In fact, if you plead guilty at EDC there will not be a thorough examination of the evidence. Commonly, the case will proceed to sentencing following a guilty plea. If you plead guilty, the only option for a review of that plea is under Rule 32, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure. However, it is never a good idea to take a plea while planning to try to get out of it later.

It is almost always a good idea to slow the EDC process down and examine the evidence against you. Things can be done to accomplish this. To discuss all the vitally important issues in your case before EDC, call Craig Williams @ 759-0000, for a consultation. 

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