What can an Arizona speeding ticket attorney accomplish that you cannot. A local attorney knows the court, the judge and the law. That is how he makes his living and if he could not be effective he would not be in practice. In many cases he can contact the court and arrange for a satisfactory reduction and save you money in the long run. Most people do not have the time to spend in an Arizona traffic court and regard the attorney fee as money well spent. In all cases where there is the possibility of jail time or a license suspension you should retain an Arizona traffic ticket attorney.
Drivers holding a CDL license are no longer eligible for Arizona traffic school in order to keep the Arizona speeding ticket off their record. In addition, any speeding ticket over 15mph, following too close violations, lane change violations and others are now considered Serious CDL violations and can lead to suspension of your CDL license. Be sure you know the consequences before you just pay your Arizona speeding ticket.
Some Arizona traffic courts allow you to remove an Arizona traffic ticket from your record by completing a online driving class. This means points will not be assessed to your driving record for that violation and Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles will not be notified.
Eligibility – You may be eligible to remove one charge if you meet ALL of the following conditions:
Your citation was for a civil moving violation;
You have not attended a defensive drive class for any Arizona civil traffic violation in the last 24 months;
Your traffic citation was not issued as the result of a collision in which any person was seriously injured or killed;
Your Arizona speeding ticket is not set for a hearing.
Click on this link to check the Arizona traffic court in which you received your Arizona speeding ticket to see if they will approve the online traffic school.
Photo radars and red light cameras are being used in more Arizona cities and counties for catching violators and to increase revenue. Pima County, Phoenix, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Tucson and Scottsdale Arizona are some of the cities currently using red light cameras and photo radar cameras. A camera takes a picture of the speeding car or red light running vehicle and the license number is used to track the owner. The city then mails the ticket which indicates the driver is required to sign and return. The only problem is that the Arizona courts have held that service by mail is illegal. However, by signing and returning the traffic ticket, the driver has waived his right to be personally served.
Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One, Department C
171 Ariz. 449; 831 P.2d 448; 1992 Ariz. App.
May 12, 1992
The appellant's recourse when a defendant fails to execute the acknowledgement of
receipt is to continue the hearing and serve the complaint by some other authorized method. See Ariz.R.Civ.P. 4.1(c)(3). Until the magistrate's court obtains personal jurisdiction, it has no power to enter an order of civil sanction against a defendant.
However, if there is an allegation that you were personally served, perhaps at an old address, the Arizona court will suspend your license if you fail to acknowledge the summons. If this should happen to you, retain an Arizona traffic attorney to have the speeding ticket dismissed for lack of service. The court can then attempt personal service.
Are points assessed against my driver's license for photo enforcement convictions?
Yes they are. In accordance with Arizona Administrative Code R17-4-404, Driver Point System, points are assessed by the Arizona MVD for each conviction reported to them by the Court. Each red light conviction is assigned two points, and each speed conviction is assigned three points.
Out of State License Arizona Photo Radar Ticket
Arizona Photo Radar tickets are required to be served on the driver of the vehicle. If you acknowledge the first letter you receive or sign for the certified letter that will follow, you are considered to be served and the Arizona traffic court will have jurisdiction. If you are not served, the court should dismiss the ticket. If you are found guilty, the Arizona court will report the speeding ticket or red light violation to your home state and it will be treated in accordance with the laws of your state.
You need to be sure to follow your Arizona ticket on the court website to be sure that it is actually dismissed. I have received numerous reports where there was a false allegation of service and you find out later that your license is suspended.
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Arizona law enforcement officers will ask you for proof of Arizona auto insurance at the time of traffic stops or accidents. Insurance companies notify MVD of all Arizona insurance policy cancellations, non-renewals, and new policies. If your insurance company sends MVD a notice that your auto insurance policy is no longer active, the Arizona DMV will send you an inquiry notice to verify insurance status.
Failure to maintain proper Arizona auto insurance could lead to the suspension of your vehicle registration and/or driver license. To reinstate these privileges, fees and future proof of financial responsibility must be filed with Arizona MVD. The future proof requirement is most commonly an SR22 form from an insurance company. This can be expensive to the vehicle owner, especially since the law requires the owner to carry the SR22 for three years from the date of suspension.
Teenage Driver - Arizona Driving License
Here are the penalties for Arizona speeding tickets if you are a teenage driver.
1st Violation - If you attend Defensive Driving School your record will remain clean.
2nd Violation (first conviction) - You must attend Traffic Survival School.
The important thing is that your auto insurance premiums will drastically increase if you are a teenage driver and receive points on your driving record.
Radar and Laser Detector Recommedations
One of the best ways to prevent inadvertent Arizona speeding tickets is to purchase a good radar and laser detector. If it saves you from just one ticket it will have paid for itself. Click on the link below for our recommendations on radar detectors and laser detectors and laser jammers. Cobra radar detectors have a unit with built in GPS warnings of red light and photo radar locations. If you live in the Scottsdale area, you may want to consider installing one in your vehicle or try the new GPS mirror. Click on the GPS banner below for our recommendations on radar and laser detectors.
1. A.R.S. § 28-1381, driving or actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
2. A.R.S. § 28-1382, driving or actual physical control of a vehicle while under the extreme influence of intoxicating liquor
3. A.R.S. § 28-693, reckless driving
4. A.R.S. § 28-708, racing on highways
5. A.R.S. § 28-695, aggressive driving
Six point violations:
6. A.R.S. §§ 28-662, 28-663, 28-664, or 28-665, relating to a driver’s duties after an accident
7. A.R.S. § 28-672(A), failure to comply with a red traffic-control signal, failure to yield the right of way when turning left at an intersection, or failure to comply with a stop sign, and the failure results in an accident causing death to another person
Four point violations:
8. A.R.S. § 28-672(A), failure to comply with a red traffic-control signal, failure to yield the right of way when turning left at an intersection, or failure to comply with a stop sign, and the failure results in an accident causing serious physical injury to another person
Three point violations:
9. A.R.S. § 28-701, speeding
10. A.R.S. § 28-644(A)(2), driving over or across, or parking in any part of a gore area and finally,
11. Any other traffic regulation that governs a vehicle moving under its own power. This includes photo red light tickets.
Note: The State of Arizona has terminated its photo radar enforcement.
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Arizona Criminal Speeding Tickets
If the Arizona traffic or Arizona speeding ticket offense on your citation/ticket is listed as a criminal violation, you must appear at the Arizona Justice Court listed on your ticket at the date and time specified.
* When you do appear before the judge, you have three options:
If you choose to plead guilty, you are admitting that you committed the infraction or Arizona speeding ticket for which you were ticketed.
Possible penalties include:
Points on your driving record
Suspension or restriction of your driving privileges
Jail (for some violations)
Court-ordered education classes
**You must be prepared to pay all fines in full on the date of your hearing.
If you do not pay a fine the day of your hearing, the court will add a $20 time payment fee. The courts accept Visa, MasterCard, checks and cash for payment. You may also pay via Western Union as follows:
Internet payments 24/7 at westernunion.com/corrections
Telephone payments 24/7 by calling 1-800-634-3422, and
Payment at any Western Union agent locations. For agent locations you can call 1-800-325-6000 or by visiting westernunion.com.
If you do not pay your fine in full, you must complete an application for a time payment order and show proof that you can not make payment.
Plead not guilty
This means that you are denying you committed the charge(s) against you. The Court will give you a trial or pre-trial date. If you choose this route, you have rights as a defendant.
Plead no contest
Under this plea, you are neither admitting nor denying the charges against you and are telling the court that you do not intend to contest the charges. The penalty may be the same as a guilty plea. The judge may consider an explanation before imposing a fine or penalty.
* Certain courts do allow defendants in some criminal traffic cases to enter pleas by mail or videophone link. If you want or need to use this option, you must call or write to the Justice Court as soon as possible after receiving your ticket.
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