Arizona Criminal & Civil Traffic Defense
Our firm has years of expertise fighting criminal speeding tickets, photo enforcement violations, reckless driving charges, aggressive driving charges, civil traffic and CDL violations. We fight to protect your record to ensure that you are not labelled a criminal for a simple traffic offense. Fight increased insurance rates, protect your motor vehicle record, and avoid any license suspensions.
Our firm fights to reduce fines and penalties, eliminate “points” that would be assessed to your driver’s license, and prevent license suspension. We have experience in nearly every Court in the State of Arizona, and this experience translates into results.
Do I need a lawyer?
Many people charged with criminal speeding or traffic violations are shocked to learn about Arizona’s laws. Each violation can have unique repercussions on a person’s criminal history, motor vehicle record, and driver’s license validity. The question then becomes, “what can a lawyer do for me?”
Avoid Increased Insurance Rates
When considering hiring a lawyer, people often ask themselves if it makes sense financially. Hiring a lawyer certainly involves up front costs, but is this a worthwhile investment?
Consider the scenario of receiving a simple photo enforcement violation. The standard fine is approximately $300 dollars. If you are concerned about up front costs, simply paying the ticket will likely be cheapest method of resolving the case. Lawyers generally charge more, as there is a great deal involved in properly defending photoradar violations.
However, consider the additional consequences: the Court will notify the Motor Vehicle Department of the conviction, and depending upon the violation, the MVD will assess points on your license and other potential penalties (Traffic Survival School, license suspension, etc.). These points will stay on your record for 39 months.
$50/month X 39 months = $1,920!
If the cost of your insurance increases by $50/month for 39 months, that is an additional $1,950 you are paying out of pocket over the course of over 3 years. Added to the cost of the original ticket, your violation could end up costing you approximately $2,250!
Prevent License Points
In Arizona, points are assessed to driving records based on the nature of the violation. For example:
- DUI/Reckless driving – 8 points
- Leaving the scene of an accident – 6 points
- Civil Speeding violation – 3 points
- Red Light violations – 2 points plus Traffic Survival School
- Moving violations – 2 points
When an individual accumulates too many points, the Motor Vehicle Department may choose to impose penalties, one of which is a license suspension. Your license will be sent to a specific division of the MVD known as Driver Improvement (“DI”) for formal review. They may require that you attend Traffic Survival School, an in-person, 8 hour course to learn about safer driver habits. If you are not eligible for Traffic Survival School, they may simply suspend your license for a period of time.
Our firm fights for dismissals and reductions. We work with the Courts, the prosecutors and the police officers who issued you a citation to amend citations down to lower, non-moving, no points violations. There are statutes in Arizona that are the equivalent of “burning too much gasoline.” There may still be a fine imposed, but the points will not go onto your record.