About Desert Ridge Justice Court

Desert Ridge Justice Court is located in Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Phoenix is both the capital of, and the largest city in, Arizona. It is the fifth largest city in the nation. It was incorporated as the City of Phoenix in 1881. Agriculture was its main economic source until after World War II, when it began to provide retail, governmental, and banking services, and the introduction of the railroad system further boosted the economy. Its year-round sun and warm temperatures also drew in many visitors during the winter months, and they are now fondly referred to by residents as “snowbirds.”

Phoenix is a melting pot of cultures, attracting visitors from all over the world. Phoenix’s professional sports teams, its exciting nightlife, outdoor recreation, year-round festivals, and booming restaurant industry offer something to do and see for everyone. With job growth rising, more and more people are relocating to Phoenix. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that this quickly-growing city will bump up in the ranks and become the fourth largest city in the nation by 2020.

Common Offenses in Desert Ridge Justice Court

Criminal or Excessive Speeding

Citations for criminal speeding or excessive speeding are the most common violations we see out of the Desert Ridge Justice Court. Most violations occur on the I-17, as this stretch of roadway is less congested, and many individuals are beginning or ending a long road trip. In Arizona, any speed over 85 miles per hour can be charged as an excessive speeding violation, and it is very easy to travel at these speeds on this road.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is another very common violation charged out of the Desert Ridge Justice Court. Whether this charge is cited on a person’s ticket depends a lot upon the officer who issues the citation. Some officers will only charge this violation in extreme circumstances and other officers will cite it as a matter of common practice. Generally, whether an officer in this jurisdiction issues a reckless driving charge will depend upon the speed, the mile post, whether there were other people in the vehicle, and any other violations observed during the driving.

Commercial Trucking or CDL Violations

Officers patrolling the Desert Ridge Justice Court Jurisdiction also tend to issue trucking violations to commercial drivers. Our firm normally sees logbook violations as a result of routine traffic stops and inspections, but also see a large number of seat belt violations. In Arizona, it is a class 1 misdemeanor for a commercial driver to not have his or her seat belt on.

Desert Ridge Justice Court Jurisdiction

The Desert Ridge jurisdiction is marked by Union Hills to the South, East Desert Mountain Way to the East, and New River Road to the West.

About the Judge, Cathy Riggs

Desert Ridge Justice Court Judge, Cathy Riggs

Judge Riggs, who was elected in November of 2016, has a background in law enforcement and a law degree. In our subjective opinion, Judge Riggs is a very reasonable Judge and uses her discretion in situations that warrant action from the bench.

Officers Patrolling the Desert Ridge Area

Officer B. Schmidt, Badge Number 07600

Officer Doug Schmidt is an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer who writes a large number of traffic tickets out of this jurisdiction. Officer Schmidt tends to look for violations to cite. He is very thorough and a stickler for all the rules of the road.

In this citation, Officer Schmidt used an unknown device to estimate this individual’s speed, and issued a citation for three charges, No Valid Drivers License, Exceed 85 MPH, and a Seat Belt violation.

Officer M. Mclane, Badge Number 3333

Officer McLane is another Department of Public Safety Officer who writes tickets and does traffic patrol out of the Desert Ridge Justice Court area. His style of writing tickets is less thorough than Officer Schmidt’s, who tends to be very precise. In the following citation, he only wrote this individual for Exceeding 85 MPH.

Desert Ridge Court Map & Parking

Hiring an attorney to represent you is generally the most cost effective way to avoid physically having to travel to the Court as it is located at 18380 N. 40th Street
Suite #130 Phoenix, AZ 85032.

Hiring a Defense Lawyer Out of the Desert Ridge Court

Our office represents a large number of people charged with offenses that are within the Desert Ridge Justice Court Jurisdiction. On a great majority of our cases, we are able to prevent our clients from having any criminal record. We provide representation on a flat fee basis, offer affordable payment plans and deliver a proper defense with a team dedicated to solving traffic related cases.

Contact us today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. Send us your citation and your information below and we will review your matter as soon as possible.


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Desert Ridge Justice Court Contact

Physical Address:

18380 N. 40th Street Suite #130
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: (602) 372-7100
Fax: (602) 372-7912

Mailing Address:
Desert Ridge Justice Court
18380 N. 40th Street Suite #130
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

301 W. Jefferson

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Fax:  602-506-6149