Alternative to Prosecution Programs

Adult Diversion

Adult Diversion is responsible for supervising all adult deferred adjudication cases, including felonies and misdemeanors. For more information you can contact our office at diversion@cochise.az.gov.

Money Orders should be addressed and sent to:
Cochise County Attorney Adult Diversion Program
P.O. Drawer CA,
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Resources

GRACe Program

The GRACe program is an alternative to traditional prosecution for defendants who are afflicted by a Mental Health Issue. Defendants who participate in the GRACe Program will be connected to appropriate services. Once the defendant has successfully completed their treatment plan (as determined by a medical or mental health professional) their case(s) will be dismissed.

If you have any questions or need further information contact Krist-Anah Watkins at 520-432-8700.

Resources

Bad Check Program

This program has been very successful in assisting merchants to reduce the number of bad checks they receive. The program has processed numerous bad checks over the years.

We invite you to use the links provided below for additional information, or you may also contact the Bad Check Program Coordinator at (520) 432-8700 weekdays (except legal holidays) between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Resources

  1.  Bad Check Enforcement Program
  2. What should you do if you receive a Bad Check
  3. The Penalty

The Cochise County Attorney's Office offers its Bad Check Enforcement Program to individuals and businesses alike. There is no cost to use the program, which will attempt to collect the total face value of the check(s) and any reasonable expenses incurred by the holder. In addition, the program holds the check writer responsible for costs for collecting and processing the check(s) as provided by A.R.S. § 13-1809(C)(D)(E).

It's a Crime

Writing a bad check in Arizona is a crime, and for first-time offenders, the crime may be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor. In some cases, first-time offenders may be charged with a class six felony depending on the amount the check was written for. Those who have a history of passing dishonored checks may face felony prosecution for crimes such as theft or fraudulent schemes.