About Quartzsite Justice Court
Quartzsite, AZ is a small town located in La Paz County, and is known as “The Rock Capital of the World.” It is situated about 125 miles west of Phoenix on the Interstate 10 and hosts a two-month-long gem show and swap meet every year during the months of January and February. Visitors go there from all over the world with their RVs to exhibit and view rocks, gems, and fossils. The town attracts about 1.5 million people annually.
In addition to the gem shows and swap meets, another attraction in Quartzsite is Hi Jolly’s Tomb, which is the burial place of Hadij Ali. Hadij Ali was hired by the United States Army to become one of the first camel drivers for the U.S. Camel Corps. This experiment of using camels as pack animals was eventually abandoned, as the Army decided to no longer have the camels be used for military purposes.
Common Offenses in Quartzsite
Criminal or Excessive Speeding
Citations for criminal speeding or excessive speeding are the most common violations we see out of the Quartzsite Justice Court. Most violations occur on the I-10, as this stretch of roadway is usually light in terms of traffic and is straight and wide-open. 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.
Commercial Trucking or CDL Violations
Officers patrolling Seligman also tend to issue trucking violations to commercial drivers regularly. We normally see 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 be wearing their seatbelt. The officers in Seligman will sit on bridges and monitor traffic that passes below them on the I-40. If they see a commercial driver not wearing or improperly wearing a seat belt, they will radio another unit to stop the vehicle and issue a citation.
Quartzsite Justice Court Jurisdiction
The Seligman Justice Court Precinct of Yavapai County includes all of Seligman and Ash Fork and covers a significant portion of the Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona. People travel through the I40 to reach Flagstaff, to travel to Las Vegas, and most commonly, to visit the Grand Canyon.
This portion of Arizona is patrolled by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and there is a strong emphasis on enforcement of traffic violations in this area. On the map below, the major danger zones for enhanced traffic enforcement is detailed in red. If you received a ticket outside of this geographic region but were still cited into the Seligman Justice Court, there may be a problem with your jurisdiction. Although this is relatively uncommon, it can happen, and it means that your ticket was filed in the wrong jurisdiction.
About the Judge, Tammy Carnevale
Judge Dominick Sarno was elected Justice of the Peace of the Seligman Justice Court in 2014 and has been on the bench ever since. In our subjective opinion, Judge Sarno is a very reasonable Judge and uses his discretion in situations that warrant action from the bench.
Seligman Justice Court sees a very high number of traffic violations, and Judge Sarno takes these violations seriously. This jurisdiction at times sees devastating accidents, resulting in injuries and deaths. It seems to us that Judge Sarno is using his position as a Judge to encourage and promote safe driving while not being overly punitive in his rulings.
Officers Patrolling Quartzsite
Deputy W. Garcia, Identification Number 594
W. Garcia is a La Paz County Sheriff’s Department deputy who writes a very large number of traffic tickets out of this jurisdiction. If speeds approach 100 miles per hour or higher, he will generally cite an individual with both criminal / excessive speeding and reckless driving. This results in clients being charged with both a class 2 misdemeanor and a class 3 misdemeanor facing a total of 11 points. According to many of our clients, interactions with Officer Redig can be very stern and tense and cause a lot of anxiety.
In this citation, Officer Redig used a radar device to estimate this individual’s speed, and issued a citation for both charges, reckless driving and criminal speeding.
Officer Redig also uses a laser speed measurement device, having the proper certifications to do so. Again, in this citation he cited this individual for both reckless driving and criminal speeding.
Officer B. Krum, Badge Number 010134
Officer Krum is another Department of Public Safety Officer who writes tickets and does traffic patrol out of the Seligman Justice Court area. His style of writing tickets is less thorough than Officer Redig’s, who tends to be very precise. In the following citation, he only wrote this individual for criminal speeding and not reckless driving.
Quartzsite Justice Court Map & Parking
Hopefully you do not have to travel to Seligman for court. Hiring an attorney to represent you is generally the most cost effective way to avoid physically having to travel to this jurisdiction. The Court is located in the heart of Seligman, which is several hours away from any major cities.
Hiring a Quartzsite Defense Lawyer
Our office represents a very large number of people charged with offenses in Seligman. On a great majority of our cases, we are able to prevent our clients from having any criminal record and resolve their case without them ever having to return to Arizona. 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.