Criminal Traffic Offenses

Arizona traffic lawyers

Every year, more than 34 million people receive a traffic ticket from a police officer. Criminal Traffic Offenses are among those that can fall into the following categories.

There are three types of traffic violations:

Infractions are punishable by fines up to $200.

  1. Common infractions include speeding and running a red light or a stop sign.
  2. Felonies like vehicular manslaughter, are punishable by confinement in state prison.
  3. Misdemeanors can carry penalties of $2,000 or more, plus jail time.

The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor in Arizona is one year in county jail and/or a large fine.


The most common traffic misdemeanors are:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving without a valid license
  • Failure to stop and submit to inspection of equipment or for an unsafe condition endangering a person
  • Fleeing from an officer
  • Falsifying a disabled person placard or displaying a falsified placard with fraudulent intent
  • Filing a false report of a vehicle theft with a law enforcement agency

There are two major types of traffic tickets. No matter which type of ticket you receive, you can contest it.

If you plead not responsible normal trial rules are followed and the state must prove guilt by a preponderance of evidence.

In your defense we will offer opposing evidence, present witnesses, argue the law and cross-examine the law enforcement officer who issued the citation.

Tickets for moving violations:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signs or lights
  • Illegal turns
  • Doing anything else illegal while your car is in motion

Tickets for non-moving violations:

  • Parking illegally
  • Not carrying insurance
  • An invalid registration
  • Other administrative and technical violations

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