Scottsdale Racing Lawyer

Have you been cited with Racing in Scottsdale, Arizona? On this page, you can find information on what constitutes racing, the consequences of a racing conviction, and how a qualified Scottsdale Racing Lawyer can help you throughout the process.

If you have been charged with racing in Scottsdale, odds are that your citation came from one of the following courts: Scottsdale City Court, Maricopa County Superior Court. No matter what court you received your citation from, our defense attorneys can help you understand your alleged violation, navigate your case, and try for the best outcome possible.

What counts as Racing?vehicles racing on public roadway

The Arizona law that governs racing is surprisingly specific in its wording. According to the Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-708:

  • A person shall not drive a vehicle or participate in any manner in a race, speed competition or contest, drag race or acceleration contest, test of physical endurance or exhibition of speed or acceleration or for the purpose of making a speed record on a street or highway.

Breaking this down, you can see that a host of different behaviors are banned if they are for the purpose of making a speed record on a street or highway. This differentiates racing from speeding, or some other related moving violations: the racing law explicitly states that the reason why someone was aggressively accelerating or driving at a higher speed is because the driver seeks to create a new record for high speed or to compete with another driver.

So, for instance, if you were increasing your speed to evade an aggressive driver or to pass another driver, none of these actions would necessarily constitute racing under the law, because there isn’t any intent to race or set a speed record. This means that by clarifying what you were doing at the time of the traffic stop may be useful for defending against such a citation, but outcomes may vary on a case-by-case basis. These racing traffic ticket cases are usually assigned to a prosecuting attorney, whose sole job is to prosecute and try to prove the case against you. This is why getting one of our experienced Scottsdale Racing Lawyers on your side can help you navigate these matters.

There is one notable exception to the laws against racing on streets or highways, and that is if such racing is authorized in writing for a certain section of a highway for a given date and time.

What are the consequences of a racing conviction?

To put it lightly, Arizona treats Racing fairly harshly compared to many other states. The Arizona Revised Statutes dictate that racing is a class 1 misdemeanor, the most severe class of misdemeanor that Arizona has. Under ARS §13-707, a class 1 misdemeanor conviction can result in six months jail time (not common, but possible), criminal conviction, and points. Additionally, you may be looking at a 90-day license suspension and even a possible revocation of your driving privileges with a second conviction within 24 months.  This doesn’t account for fines, court fees, nor does it factor in implications for employment, housing, or immigration.

Contact a Scottsdale Racing Attorney Today

Racing is considered a serious offense in Scottsdale, and in Arizona as a whole. However, by carefully reviewing the evidence and the facts of your case, one of the experienced racing attorneys at The Law Offices of Brandon White made up of Former State Police Officers and Former Prosecuting Attorneys, can help you try for the best outcome possible in your case. Whether your case is out of Scottsdale City Court or any Arizona Court, Call us and schedule a free consultation today!