Don’t Let a Traffic Violation Land You in an Arizona Jail

“Traffic violation” isn’t a phrase that generally conjures up images of being behind bars. In Arizona, some traffic offenses have consequences that go far beyond a paper ticket. Depending on the type of traffic violation, you could be looking at jail time.

If you have been accused of a criminal traffic violation, don’t just sit back and hope for the best. You need to take action to defend yourself.

Know the Types of Criminal Traffic Violations

When you are found guilty of a criminal traffic violation in Arizona, you are looking at more than just a simple fine. You could be looking at higher fines and increased insurance rates, not to mention the possibility of a jail sentence. Below are some common traffic violations that are considered criminal offenses. If you were cited with one of the following, you should contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney immediately:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Reckless driving
  • Racing
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Aggressive driving
  • Excessive Speeding

What Will Happen?

If you have been accused of a criminal traffic offense, you need to read your ticket carefully. It will list the court where you will have to appear, as well as the specific date and time of your court appearance. When you do go before the judge, you will be given three options when pleading your case: guilty, not guilty and no contest. 

You do have rights as a traffic defendant. According to the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, some of these rights include:

  • The right to a jury trial or trial before a justice of the peace.
  • The right to work with a Phoenix criminal defense attorney.
  • The right to cross-examine witnesses (and confront them) regarding their testimony.
  • The right to appeal, with the exception of a guilty plea.

A criminal traffic violation should be taken seriously. Not only could it impact your insurance rates and driving record, it could also affect your future.

For more information or answers to your questions, contact one of the experienced Arizona criminal lawyers the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).  We will make sure your rights are protected under the law.

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