A. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if the court finds that a person has been previously adjudicated incompetent to stand trial pursuant to this chapter, the court may hold a hearing to dismiss any misdemeanor charge against the incompetent person. The court shall give ten days’ notice to the prosecutor and the defendant of this hearing. On receipt of the notice, the prosecutor shall notify the victim of the hearing.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 13-4504

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Misdemeanor: means an offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment other than to the custody of the state department of corrections is authorized by any law of this state. See Arizona Laws 13-105
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Person: means a human being and, as the context requires, an enterprise, a public or private corporation, an unincorporated association, a partnership, a firm, a society, a government, a governmental authority or an individual or entity capable of holding a legal or beneficial interest in property. See Arizona Laws 13-105
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.

B. If a misdemeanor charge is dismissed pursuant to this section, the court may order the prosecutor to initiate civil commitment or guardianship proceedings.