Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona Traffic Tickets

Is it worth the cost of hiring a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket?

Paying a ticket may be less costly than hiring a lawyer in the short term. However, traffic tickets result in points on your driving record that can lead to higher insurance rates and suspension of your license. The consequences of a criminal violation such as reckless driving are far higher. You face possible jail time and the stigma of a criminal record. You may lose your job if you need to drive for employment purposes.

What happens if I don't pay a traffic ticket?

Arizona takes unpaid traffic tickets very seriously. If you don't pay a ticket, you could face the following consequences:

  • The amount of the fine will increase
  • You could receive additional points on your driving record, resulting in higher insurance rates.
  • The state could charge you with a misdemeanor and issue an arrest warrant. If you are pulled over for any reason, you could end up in jail.
  • The court could suspend your driver's license

What if I'm from out of state?

Most states have reciprocity agreements that enable them to share information about traffic tickets. As a result, if you don't pay a traffic ticket in Arizona, your driver's license could be suspended in your home state.

Do I have to return to the Phoenix area to fight a traffic ticket?

For most traffic offenses, a local attorney can represent you in traffic court and negotiate on your behalf.

Are some traffic tickets more serious than others?

Some traffic offenses are criminal violations that can result if jail time, a permanent criminal record, loss of your driving privileges and other consequences. In Arizona, these include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Commercial driving violations such as truck weight violations

If you are charged with a criminal traffic violation, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. It may be possible to reduce your ticket to a non-criminal violation.

Learn more about criminal traffic violations.

What if I have to drive to earn a living?

If you need to drive for your job, a traffic ticket can be a job killer. A criminal traffic violation or excessive points on your driving record may make you uninsurable by your employer.

Learn more about commercial driving offenses.