City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office
Caption plum: Aarón J. Carreón-Aínsa City Prosecutor
The City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office is the largest municipal prosecutorial agency within the state of Arizona and is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor offenses that occur within the City of Phoenix, a city with a population in excess of 1,567,453 and covering more than 516 square miles. Each year, we handle approximately 50,000 criminal cases. This includes prosecution for crimes such as impaired driving, assault (including domestic violence), shoplifting, theft, criminal damage, hit and run, trespass, prostitution, protection order violations, and city code violations.
- Community Prosecution
- Specialty Problem-Solving Courts
- Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP)
- Victim Information Center
- Witness Information
Role of the Public Prosecutor
The significant responsibility of the public prosecutor was described best by Justice Sutherland in Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78, 88 (1935):
The Public Prosecutor "is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor — indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one."
Our mission is to fairly, efficiently, and justly prosecute those who violate the law. We seek justice for crime victims and endeavor to make Phoenix a safer community in which to live.
City Prosecutor’s Office
Phoenix Municipal Courthouse
300 West Washington Street, 8th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TTY Relay Number 602-534-5500