Arizona post-conviction relief petitions (PCR) are governed by Rule 32 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedures. Many people become confused and believe that PCR petitions and Rule 32's are separate items. However, they are not. They are one in the same. In fact, PCR petitions are often called a "Rule 32."

Why a PCR petition/Rule 32?
A PCR petition is the only option a person has when it becomes necessary to appeal a conviction when that person either:

  • Entered a guilty plea
  • Admitted to violating their probation

If a guilty verdict was reached via a bench or jury trial
If a person was found guilty either by a bench or jury trial, that person has the right to file a Direct Appeal. In the event that appeal is denied, they can still file a Rule 32. It is important to note that Direct Appeals and PCR petitions are different from one another.

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If you are looking to file a post-conviction relief petition, contact one of our Arizona criminal defense attorneys at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).

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