What are Arizona’s Pretrial Services?

Pretrial services are often overseen by probation officers.

What are Arizona’s Pretrial Services?

After an alleged criminal offender has had an initial appearance in the court, the defendant will go through pretrial services to assist judicial officers in determining their release decisions and conditions. Each county’s superior court will handle pretrial services in their own way, and municipal and justice courts may also run their own pretrial services as well.

The courts will determine a “Public Safety Assessment” (PSA) for each defendant to accurately determine their likelihood to engage in additional crimes or violence or fail to return to court. These pretrial services are generally overseen by probation officers.

Common examples of a defendant’s release decisions are:

  • Being released on their own recognizance.
  • Being released with bond.
  • Being held without bond.
  • Undergoing pretrial with conditions.
  • Undergoing pretrial with electronic monitoring.

Common conditions of release may require a defendant to:

  • Remain law-abiding.
  • Not leave Arizona borders without court approval.
  • Appear at all court proceedings.
  • Participate in treatment or assistance programs.
  • Submit to drug or alcohol testing.
  • Not possess firearms or other deadly items.
  • Undergo ankle monitoring or submit to curfews.

Defendants who are ordered to submit to routine drug or alcohol testing will not be able to count these tests as court-ordered classes. However, they do aid in proving to the court that the defendant is showing remorse, taking their charges seriously, and, if the tests are clean, demonstrating that they are not currently struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

To learn about the pretrial and probation services in the Arizona counties, click below:

Apache County Probation Services

Cochise County Adult Probation

Coconino County Pretrial Services

Gila County Probation Department

Graham County Probation

Greenlee County Probation Department

La Paz County Probation

Maricopa County Superior Court Pretrial Services Division

Mohave County Pretrial Services

Navajo County Superior Court Probation

Pima County Superior Court Pretrial Services

Pinal County Superior Court Pretrial Services

Santa Cruz County Probation Department

Yavapai County Adult Probation

Yuma County Pretrial Services


Rideout Law Group can help to ensure that your pretrial release conditions are fair and can file motions to modify any conditions that are incommensurate with your charges or PSA.



With offices in Lake Havasu City and Scottsdale, our firm serves the entire state of Arizona, with a particular focus on criminal defense, family law, and juvenile cases.

Our goal is for the best outcome for your criminal case, which can include:

  • charges that are reduced or dropped.
  • top experts reviewing your case.
  • aggressive negotiations with the prosecution for plea bargains.
  • fines or probation in lieu of jail time.

At Rideout Law Group, our attorneys are able to expertly examine the evidence in your case to provide a strong strategy for argument that leads to an outcome that is most favorable to you. We have experience in all types of criminal cases for both adults and juveniles, with positive outcomes both in plea negotiations as well as jury trial settings.

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