So, you were stopped and cited for a traffic violation in Chandler and were cited either out of Chandler Municipal Court, San Tan Justice Court, Kyrene Justice Court, San Marcos Justice Court, or University Lake Justice Court. Then you might be wondering: what do I do now? What are the consequences? How can I avoid points from going on my record? You need to contact a Chandler traffic ticket lawyer with the Law Offices of Brandon White. Our dedicated traffic violation attorneys are here to help!
Potential Consequences for Different Traffic Tickets
The first thing to understand is that there are two types of traffic tickets that someone could receive: civil traffic and criminal traffic.
Not sure which one you received? You can discover which type of violation you are facing by grabbing your traffic ticket which usually has “Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint” listed at the top of the page. Then look under each violation listed and a “civil traffic” or “criminal traffic” box will be checked.
Along with other consequences, if the violation is a moving violation (anything involving the movement of the vehicle such as exceeding the speed limit) also come with what is called points that can go against your driver’s license record. Points are not a good thing as they tend to be to the controlling factor that your insurance company uses to base your insurance premium rates. In addition, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) only allows a driver to have nine points within a rolling 12-month period before the driver must complete an in-person all day training called Traffic Survival School just to keep their license from being suspended.
Common civil traffic violations and their corresponding points include:
- Not stopping at a stop sign (3)
- Running a red light (4)
- Speeding or driving below the minimum speed (3)
- Making an illegal turn (2)
- HOV Violation (3)
- Parking in a handicapped zone or an illegal parking lot (2)
- Unsafe Lane Change (2)
- Leaving a vehicle unattended and running (2)
Criminal traffic violations often result in more points on your driver’s license, and include:
- Excessive Speed/Criminal Speed (Anything 20+mph over speed limit)
- Reckless driving (8)
- Aggressive driving (8)
- DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Impaired) (8)
- Criminal/excessive speed (8)
- Hit and run/Leaving the Scene of an Accident (6)
In addition to the points listed above, for some criminal violations, your vehicle may be impounded by law enforcement for up to 30 days if you are cited for driving on a revoked or suspended license. By working with a skilled local attorney, you could potentially avoid some of the penalties associated with a traffic ticket.
Do I Really Need an Attorney?
Well yes and no, the decision to hire a traffic ticket attorney in Chandler depends on the case. For example, if you were cited for a civil traffic speeding violation (1-19mph over) and do not mind completing an online course, you can opt for attending Defensive Driving School once per year to dismiss your civil traffic ticket. However, that is not always an option for all violations nor is it always in a driver’s best interest, particularly if he or she feels like they did not violate that traffic law.
In reality, a traffic attorney is the best chance you have at receiving the best possible outcome. Depending on the case, a criminal traffic ticket could even end in a felony charge.
Contact a Chandler Traffic Ticket Attorney Today
The Chandler traffic ticket lawyers at The Law Offices of Brandon White are experienced and dedicated to receiving the best possible outcome for your case. Call today for a free consultation or leave your information for us to call you.