Civil Traffic Tickets in Arizona
Getting pulled over is never ideal. And getting a ticket could ruin an otherwise great day. In Arizona, there are two ways to classify traffic violations—parking violations and moving violations. These are often called civil traffic tickets.
What is a civil traffic ticket?
Civil traffic tickets are what are generally considered “typical traffic violations.” Here are some common examples:
- Invalid driver’s license
- Parking violations
- Disobeying traffic laws, such as running a red light, unlawful lane change, or failure to yield
- Driving without insurance or registration (and failure to provide proof of current registration)
What options do I have after receiving a civil traffic ticket?
1. Defensive Driving Course
To keep points off your license, Arizona allows you to attend a Defensive Driving Course if you meet the following criteria:
- Your violation must be eligible for the class
- You haven’t attended a course in the past 12 months
You also have the right to a hearing before either a judge or a civil traffic officer. You can choose to be represented by counsel at the hearing as well. The court does not appoint attorneys for this, so you must notify them of your representation at least 10 days before your hearing date.
Bringing evidence to support your case and subpoenaing witnesses are also actions you may take.
3. Paying a Fine
Paying the fine is another option. The benefits of this are that you don’t have to appear in court or attend a class. You may incur points on your license, however. a
Can I get the ticket dismissed?
Most likely, yes! If you are written a civil traffic ticket in Arizona for driving without proof of insurance, and your vehicle is, in fact, properly insured, you can have the charge dismissed. To do this you’ll have to show up in court with your proof of insurance. The same goes for driving without a driver’s license or registration.
Choosing Legal Counsel
Speeding is one of the most common tickets that Arizona drivers receive. If you or a loved one has received a ticket, consider fighting it in court. This is your right! Arizona has a “reasonable and prudent standard” for speeding.
If you want representation in court, you can’t do any better than Todd Coolidge.
Contact the office of Coolidge Law Firm for expert legal help today!
author: Ildar Sagdejev
taken from wikimedia.org on 11/27/2020