Your Questions Answered
The Law Office of Karl A. Mueller, PLC, is dedicated to helping people understand the consequences of the charges they’re facing. Learn more below as we answer common questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 602-730-7857 or contact us online.
Is hiring a lawyer for a traffic ticket worth it?
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 ticket?
Arizona takes unpaid traffic tickets seriously. If you don’t pay for 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 Arizona to fight a traffic ticket?
For most traffic offenses, a local attorney can represent you in traffic court and negotiate on your behalf without you being in the area.
Are some traffic tickets more serious than others?
Some traffic offenses are criminal violations that can result in 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 noncriminal violation. Learn more about criminal traffic violations.
What if I must drive to earn a living?
If you must 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 driving offenses for commercial drivers.