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DUI and Criminal Appeals

Getting an Arizona court to reverse a criminal conviction or to overrule a trial court judge is one of the most difficult tasks facing an attorney. Moreover, selecting when to challenge a ruling, what mechanism of Arizona appellate procedure to invoke or determining whether there is a realistic chance of success can be as much art as it is law.

What most people think of as an “appeal” is actually several different categories of processes in Arizona where a higher court reviews the decision of a lower court.

After a conviction

Superior Court 

Court of Appeals Division 1 and Division 2

Arizona Supreme Court

Appeals from MVD Decisions Suspending a Driver’s License – judicial review of administrative decisions for the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Coming soon. 

Before a conviction

Special Actions
Appealing a Driver’s License Suspension from Arizona MVD

More coming soon.

There are many types of DUI offenses in Arizona. An Extreme DUI is based upon the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of the person accused; specifically, if the person has a BAC above .150, they will be charged with Extreme DUI under §28-1382 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

DUI and Criminal Appeals

Frequently Asked Questions

This gets a little tricky but Arizona law only allows a person convicted of a crime to appeal a final judgment.  For example, a final judgment of conviction after sentencing or the denial of a motion for a new trial.   If a final judgment has not occurred then the appropriate mechanism is likely something called a special action.  

“The mandate is the final order of the appellate court, which may command another appellate court, superior court, or agency to take further proceedings or to enter a certain disposition of a case.  An appellate court retains jurisdiction of an appeal until it issues the mandate.” Rule 31.22, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure.

  • Rule 31.2. Notice of Appeal or Notice of Cross-Appeal, Arizona Rules of Criminal Appeals

The is same as if you were appealing a decision from a city court.  See the answer above.

The is same as if you were appealing a decision from a city court.  See the answer above.


Div. 1, Arizona Court of Appeals
Phone: 602-452-6700
Email: inform@appeals.az.gov
Location: 1501 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 85007

Electronic filing is done though AZTurboCourt


Coming soon. 

City Courts to Superior Court
Justice Courts to Superior Court

Coming soon. 

Coming soon. 



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