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If you have been cited for a criminal traffic violation you must appear in court. If you wish to attend defensive driving school, you must contact the court at 928-485-2771.
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The initial court date and time is written at the bottom of your citation you must appear on or before that date.
A Civil Traffic citation from a police officer must be dealt with in one manner or another whether you agree with the officer or not. If you "Fail To Appear" (FTA) by your date, the law says;
If you don't pay the fine, MVD will suspend your vehicle registration.
You must appear in court and file a Not Responsible plea to request a hearing or you may file a motion by mail or by fax. Be aware that once you file the request for a hearing, you lose / waive your right to attend Defensive Driving School.
At the hearing, you must appear in person (possibly with an attorney) to cross-examine the officer and / or put on your own defense. Bring to the hearing any and all evidence / testimony that you want the judge to hear in your case.
If you need a subpoena to get your witness into court, apply to the court to have the subpoena issued and served. Remember, your case is your responsibility; take action to present a good defense. You may either appear and defend, or you may have an attorney appear for you. No other party can represent you.
At the hearing, the officer’s burden is to show by a “preponderance of the evidence” that you committed the offense. Sometimes, that is described as 51% rule, that you committed the offense. For anything less than these levels, the court will enter a dismissal of the charges. If the officer does not appear, your case will also get dismissed. But if it is you that doesn’t appear, the finding usually goes to the state and against you. Be sure to attend the hearing.
The only way that a court can dismiss your case is at the request of the citing officer, when the officer does not appear at a hearing once you have requested one be scheduled, or if at the hearing you are found not responsible.
Because all fines are different, contact the court or go to the Civil Traffic website.
If you do not pay your financial obligation to the court:
If you cannot pay your fine in full, bring that to the attention of the Judge or a clerk and payment arrangements can be made by making monthly payments to the court.
If your payment is meant for Pima Justice Court Prec 2 in Pima Arizona:Mail your payment to:P.O. Box 1159Pima, AZ, 85543We do not accept payments for other courts, we will return the payment to you. If you do not know where you need to send your payment, you can search your case at Arizona Judicial Branch Case Search website.
Yes, you can use either or both. Throughout this internet site there are forms you can print and return in person or by mail, to indicate your “appearance” option (Responsible / Not-responsible / Traffic School). Your written response will serve as your appearance and you do not then have to come into court on that date. But you will either have to pay, appear at trial or school, as explained here.
On this web-site, there is a link entitled, “Arizona Revised Statues.” From that link, you can select the title and section of any law of interest to you, and read the black-letter law.
In addition, you may want to look at the Court Rules which the courts must follow in conducting your hearing.
If your case is ultimately dismissed, nothing happens to your driving record. However, if you are found responsible (either by pleading responsible, or being found responsible after a hearing, or by failing to appear) the court will generally enter a customary fine for the offense.
Any and all “points” assessed against your license are strictly and only the result of MVD action. The court does not ever order any points against your license. Nor can the court order MVD to not assess points. MVD operates under their own policies. In addition, it is possible that MVD will assess additional penalties, including Defensive Driving School, Traffic Survival School, Suspend the license, etc. Contact MVD for information concerning your driving record and any possible consequences.