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Rule 410. Pleas, Plea Discussions and Related Statements

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Evidence for Courts in the State of Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Evidence for Courts in the State of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
Article IV. Relevancy and Its Limits (Refs & Annos)
Arizona Rules of Evidence, Rule 410
Rule 410. Pleas, Plea Discussions and Related Statements
(a) Prohibited Uses. Except as otherwise provided by statute, in a civil or criminal case, or administrative proceeding, evidence of the following is not admissible against the defendant who made the plea or participated in the plea discussions:
(1) a guilty plea that was later withdrawn;
(2) a nolo contendere or no contest plea;
(3) a statement made during a proceeding on either of those pleas under Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 17.4 or a comparable federal procedure; or
(4) a statement made during plea discussions with an attorney for the prosecuting authority if the discussions did not result in a guilty plea or they resulted in a later-withdrawn guilty plea.
(b) Exceptions. The court may admit a statement described in Rule 410(a)(3) or (4):
(1) in any proceeding in which another statement made during the same plea or plea discussions has been introduced, if in fairness the statements ought to be considered together; or
(2) in a criminal proceeding for perjury or false statement, if the defendant made the statement under oath, on the record, and with counsel present.


Amended Sept. 8, 2011, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Editors' Notes

This rule has been amended to conform to Federal Rule of Evidence 410, including the addition of subdivision (b)(2) and the Arizona-specific provision in subdivision (a)(3).
Additionally, the language of Rule 410 has been amended to conform to the federal restyling of the Evidence Rules to make them more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. These changes are intended to be stylistic only. There is no intent in the restyling to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility.
Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 17.4(f) has also been amended to conform to its federal counterpart, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(f).
Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 410, as modified, consistent with Rule 17.4, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure.
17A Pt. 1 A. R. S. Rules of Evid., Rule 410, AZ ST REV Rule 410
Current with amendments received through 05/1/2020.
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