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Criminal Traffic Ticket in Phoenix, AZ

Traffic violations can result in fines and consequences for your insurance bill, your driving record, and possibly even create a criminal record. An Arizona traffic ticket attorney can help you deal with ‌these issues.

The Law Office of Brandon White maintains a local office in Gilbert, serving Phoenix, Flagstaff, Chandler, Gilbert, Kingman, Mesa, Avondale, Goodyear, Surprise, Lake Havasu City, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Tucson and beyond.

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Gilbert Traffic Crimes & Violations We Handle

Our driving offense lawyers handle the following Arizona traffic violations, among others.

In Arizona, Many different acts can constitute “aggressive driving”, either by themselves or in concert with other acts. Such actions include unsafe lane changes, running a stoplight, unsafe passing, and other provocative acts. Aggressive driving is considered a criminal misdemeanor violation and could create a criminal record for someone.

Reckless driving involves unsafe driving behavior that goes beyond mere aggressive driving. It is defined as “driving in reckless disregard for the safety of others.” So as you can see it’s fairly broad and as such can be often overly or incorrectly charged. In addition, Arizona can charge you with either a Class 2 misdemeanor or a Class 1 misdemeanor, depending on your previous driving record. In some cases jail time is mandatory.

Racing on a public road is extremely dangerous. The way Arizona’s law is written, you can be charged with racing even if you are driving alone. In fact, even revving your vehicle’s engine a police officer can charge you with Racing.

Criminal speeding means driving 45 mph in a residential or commercial area, driving over 85 mph anywhere, and similar offenses. Penalties include driver’s license points, suspensions, fines, and even jail time. Yes, this too is considered a criminal misdemeanor in Arizona.

If you commit an offense while driving on a Commercial Driver’s License, Arizona will expect more of you than an ordinary driver’s license holder, and it is easier for you to be ticketed and such of these violations are considered criminal misdemeanors.

Driving a car or any other type of motor vehicle on local roads is a privilege under the law. All motorists must apply for and receive a driver’s license. Behavior that threatens the wellbeing of others while behind the wheel can serve as justification for suspending a person’s driver’s license.

Failure to Stop or Yield

Failure to stop when being pulled over by a police officer is a Class 2 misdemeanor with possible jail time. Failure to yield the right-of-way means driver’s license points and a fine.

Interference with Traffic Control Device

There are many ways to commit this offense. Removing a road sign to put on your wall at your home is one way of doing it. This offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

What Are the Penalties for Criminal Traffic Violations in Gilbert, Arizona?

Traffic tickets in Phoenix, AZ can get expensive. Penalties may include:

  • A fine (plus court costs);
  • The deduction of points from your license; and
  • Suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.
  • Increased Insurance Rates

If you received a Phoenix municipal court traffic ticket, for example, you have the right to dispute it in court. Unless your court appearance is mandatory, you must request a hearing by a certain deadline. Once in court, only an effective defense will result in the dismissal of your ticket. An experienced criminal traffic lawyer for misdemeanor traffic tickets can greatly assist your cause.

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If Arizona has charged you with a traffic violation, seek a free case evaluation with a traffic ticket defense attorney from the Law Office of Brandon White. 

Possible Options & Defenses to Traffic Offenses in Phoenix, AZ

There are numerous options that you might use if the Phoenix police issued you a ticket. If you are ticketed for a moving violation, for example, you can probably complete an online Defensive Driving School (DDS) through an authorized MVD vendor. Website can be found at www.azdrive.com for a list of authorized traffic schools. If you successfully complete the course 14 days before your ticket deadline, your violation will probably be dismissed.

DDS will not be an option if:

  • This is your second offense, or
  • You were driving on a Commercial Driver’s License). 

Even without DDS eligibility, you can always dispute the violation in court. A traffic violation attorney can help you downgrade your charge to a lesser offense to reduce the impact on your driving record, insurance premiums, etc. Speak with your attorney to find out what defenses are available. The evidence against you may be weak, for example, or the police may have violated your constitutional rights.

How Can a Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Help?

If you need an attorney to fight a traffic ticket, we are at your service. Here is a sampling of what we can do for you:

  • Give you sound legal advice and guidance;
  • Seek a plea deal, a dismissal, or the most lenient sentencing possible;
  • Dispute the evidence against you;
  • Uncover police misconduct that could result in a dismissal (the police pulled you over without cause, for example);
  • Discover and submit evidence in your favor, including witnesses; and
  • Dispute the application of vague legal conclusions like “aggressive” driving.

Having a traffic attorney is especially valuable if Arizona charges you with a criminal traffic violation as you’ll be going against a prosecuting attorney who represents the state.

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I just had a telephone consultation with Mr. White and he took the time to explain to me every option I had to resolve a photo radar ticket I recieved in Mesa. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking legal advice. Thanks again Brandon, I appreciate the honesty and clear communication we had.

William - Phoenix, Arizona

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The whole staff at Brandon White is to be commended……They were thorough with my Traffic Case and kept in touch , communicating the possible outcomes and strategies. I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal help in a Traffic Civil or Criminal situation.

Craig D - San Tan Valley, Arizona

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Brandon reached out to me without expectations or any obligation to help with an issue I had. I appreciate the genuine kindness. Good stuff.

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The team of Brandon White is a wonderful team. They help my husband a lot and solve all the problems about the traffice case. Every member is so nice and patient. Our English are not good . They explain everything for us and send emails to tell us in detail. I really, really appreciate them and the price is cheap and fine. And no more other fees. Thank you very much!

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I’m Extremely satisfied with Brandon white and his team I’m from California and got a traffic ticket in Arizona they took care of everything and were able to get my ticket dismissed Great people and very helpful.

Julio T - Tucson, Arizona

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Contact a Traffic Ticket Lawyer Near You Today!

The sooner you contact a traffic offense lawyer, the better your outcome is likely to be. Call the Law Office of Brandon White at (602) 237-6772 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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FAQ

How do attorneys get traffic tickets dismissed?

For a first-time minor offense, you can take a Defensive Driving Program, either online or in person. If the violation is marked “civil traffic” and it’s considered a moving violation, in many cases you can automatically complete this program. Upon completion the one violation is dismissed.

However, if the violation is marked “criminal traffic,” the right for traffic school is not automatic and you would need the judge’s permission for this.

What do points on my license mean?

You can think of points as demerits on your driving record. If you accumulate nine or more points in rolling 12 month period, you could face suspension of your license and/or be required to attend an in-person traffic survival school just to keep your license. Ordinary moving violations cost you two or three points each, while some serious violations, such as DUI, will cost you eight points.

How much does a traffic ticket attorney cost?

Some people say that traffic ticket attorney fees cost more than the ticket itself. This is not necessarily so, however, if you count the true total cost of a ticket. Attorney’s fees can run anywhere from under $100 (if all you need is a short consultation) to $1,000-$2,000 (if your lawyer appears in court on your behalf).

The total cost of a ticket might include hundreds of dollars a year in increased insurance premiums over several years. This could add up to thousands of dollars, plus points on your license that could come back to haunt you later.