You have received an Arizona traffic ticket. Now what? People often want to know what options are available to them after receiving a traffic ticket. First, we need to be clear about the difference in Arizona between a criminal traffic and a civil traffic ticket. (see The Difference Between a Criminal Traffic and Civil Traffic Case in this blog) The options listed below apply to a civil traffic ticket. If you are not sure what kind of ticket you have please contact a lawyer.
In Arizona is there a difference between your driver's license being suspended vs. revoked? What is the difference between a driver's license suspension and a revocation?
In Arizona, Driving on a Suspended License is a crime. The crime of Driving on a Suspended License is a class 1 misdemeanor. (see Misdemeanors in Arizona in this blog) Driving While Suspended requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The elements of the crime of Driving on a Suspended License are met anytime the State can prove you knowingly operated a motor vehicle while your license was suspended, revoked, or cancelled.
What happens if I don't show up to court for my traffic ticket? What happens if I don't pay the fine?