Arizona is among the worst for drivers facing a speeding ticket. In fact, only Delaware and Colorado were more strict out of all 50 states. Speeding charges range from a civil violation to criminal.
For civil violations, drivers may qualify for defensive driving school instead of paying their civil penalties. Otherwise, admitting responsibility and paying the penalty can result in points on your driving record. Another option is to contest the ticket in court.
If you have been sent notice that your driving violation was criminal in nature, you must appear before the court. Such a violation could result in steeper fines, community service, classes, and even jail time. You have the right to be represented by legal counsel at your trial, to present evidence in your defense, and even to summon witnesses and question them to establish the veracity of their testimony.
Whether you are facing civil speed or criminal speed charges, you will want a competent lawyer from the Law Office of Hunter T. Lewis familiar with Arizona traffic laws. Such a lawyer can help you navigate the courtroom process and emerge with the best possible outcome. They will help you assemble evidence into a case and cross-examine witnesses if necessary. If a penalty is inevitable, they can assist you in working out an arrangement with the judge that is most favorable to you and the least impactful on your life moving forward. The worst thing you can do is ignore or forget about the ticket which can lead to your license being suspended or revoked or a warrant being issued for your arrest.