When you receive a traffic ticket in Arizona, it will probably be classed as a civil penalty, for which you will either pay a fine or make a court appearance. If you fail to respond, however, a warrant could be issued for your arrest, and the court could suspend your driver’s license.
Criminal penalties, on the other hand, are categorized as either misdemeanors or felonies. If the state charges you with either, it is time to seek the services of a criminal defense attorney.
The police could ticket you for speeding or driving below the minimum speed limit, running a red light or failing to stop at a stop sign. Both reckless driving and drunk driving are misdemeanors. If you do not stop when a police officer asks you to pull over, you will be guilty of a felony. These are examples of how quickly a civil penalty can escalate into something considerably more serious.
License suspension or revocation
License suspension in Arizona means you will temporarily lose your driving privileges. Normally, this only lasts until you pay the reinstatement and license application fees. If you are subject to license revocation, however, the revocation period will be longer. There must be an investigation to ensure you have met all the requirements before your license can be reinstated. You might also have to pass vision, driving and road tests. Reasons for license suspension or revocation include using a vehicle to commit homicide or aggravated assault, reckless driving, DUI-related convictions, committing a drive-by shooting and similar bad behavior.
Any traffic violation you receive will add points to your driving record. If you collect more than eight points over the course of a year, you will either have to attend Traffic Survivor School or have your driver’s license suspended.
Keep your traffic offense to the civil penalty variety. Just having to pay a traffic ticket will probably be reason enough for you to mend your ways and become a more responsible driver. If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony, however, reach out to an experienced attorney who will work diligently to obtain the best outcome possible for your case.