Arizona Revised Statutes 13-906, 13-907 & 13-908

ARS 13-906, 13-907 & 13-908 Civil Rights Restoration Summary

These three sections of the Arizona statute allow the court to restore civil rights lost as a result of a conviction. Section 13-906 outlines the process for restoration of civil rights, Section 13-907 applies to first offenders eligible for automatic restoration of civil rights (not including firearm rights) and section 13-908 applies to individuals that have previously been convicted of a felony. Under section 13-908 those who have completed probation, may file for civil rights restoration upon discharge, while those who received absolute discharge from imprisonment, may apply for civil rights restoration no sooner than two years have passed since final discharge.

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Full Arizona Revised Statutes 13-906, 13-907 & 13-908

13-906. Restoration of civil rights; process

A. At the time of sentencing, the court shall inform a person in writing of the person’s right to the restoration of civil rights.

B. The clerk of the court shall notify the department of public safety if the court restores the person’s civil rights, including whether a person’s right to possess a firearm is restored. The department of public safety shall update the person’s criminal history with an annotation that the person’s civil rights have been restored and any exceptions ordered but may not redact or remove any part of the person’s record.

C. The restoration of a person’s civil rights does not preclude the department of public safety or the board of fingerprinting from considering a conviction of a person whose civil rights have been restored when evaluating an application for a fingerprint clearance card pursuant to section 41-1758.03 or 41-1758.07.

D. If the court denies an application for the restoration of a person’s civil rights, the court shall state its reasons for the denial in writing.

E. If the restoration of a person’s civil rights is discretionary with the court, a victim has the right to be present and be heard at any proceeding in which the defendant files an application for the restoration of civil rights. If the victim has made a request for postconviction notice, the attorney for the state shall provide the victim with notice of the defendant’s application and of the rights provided to the victim in this section.

CREDIT

Laws 2019, 1st Reg. Sess., Ch. 149, § 6.

13-907. Automatic restoration of civil rights for first offenders; exception; definition

A. On final discharge, any person who has not previously been convicted of a felony offense shall automatically be restored any civil rights that were lost or suspended as a result of the conviction if the person pays any victim restitution imposed.

B. A person who is entitled to the restoration of any civil rights pursuant to this section is not required to file an application pursuant to section 13-908.

C. This section does not apply to a person’s right to possess a firearm as defined in section 13-3101. The court may order the restoration of the right to possess a firearm pursuant to section 13-910.

D. For the purposes of this section, “final discharge” means the completion of probation or the receipt of an absolute discharge from the state department of corrections or the United States bureau of prisons.

CREDIT

Laws 2019, 1st Reg. Sess., Ch. 149, § 7.

§ 13-908. Restoration of civil rights; application; definition

A. On final discharge, a person who has previously been convicted of a felony or who has not paid any victim restitution that was imposed may apply to the superior court to have the person’s civil rights restored. A person who has received an absolute discharge from imprisonment may file an application for restoration of civil rights no sooner than two years from the date of the person’s absolute discharge. The restoration of civil rights is in the discretion of the judicial officer.

B. The person or the person’s attorney or probation officer may file the application for the restoration of civil rights. The clerk of the court may not charge a filing fee for an application. The clerk of the court shall forward a copy of the application to the county attorney.

C. A person whose civil rights were lost or suspended as a result of a felony conviction in a United States district court and whose period of probation has been completed may file the application for restoration of civil rights in the county in which the person now resides. The person shall file an affidavit of discharge from the judicial officer who discharged the person at the end of the term of probation.

D. A person who has received an absolute discharge from imprisonment and who files an application for the restoration of civil rights shall file with the application a certificate of absolute discharge from the director of the state department of corrections.

E. A person whose civil rights were lost or suspended as a result of a felony conviction in a United States district court and who has received an absolute discharge from imprisonment in a federal prison shall file the application for the restoration of civil rights in the county in which the person now resides. The person shall file with the application a certificate of absolute discharge from the director of the federal bureau of prisons, unless it is shown to be impossible to obtain a certificate.

F. If the court grants the application, the court shall restore the person’s civil rights.

G. This section does not apply to a person’s right to possess a firearm as defined in section 13-3101. The court may order the restoration of the right to possess a firearm pursuant to section 13-910.

H. For the purposes of this section, “final discharge” means the completion of probation or the receipt of an absolute discharge from the state department of corrections or the United States bureau of prisons.

CREDIT

Laws 2019, 1st Reg. Sess., Ch. 149 § 9.

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