Civil Traffic Violations
Options for Resolving Civil Traffic Violations
OPTION# 1: Successfully complete a defensive driving class. Once you complete the class, the charge will be dismissed and no points will be placed on your driving record. (You are eligible to attend every 2 years from the date of the last citation). YOU MUST COMPLETE DDS AT LEAST (7) DAYS BEFORE THE APPEARANCE DATE WRITTEN ON THE TICKET. IF YOU HAVE A COMMERCIAL LICENSE,YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND BY STATUTE.
OPTION #2: Plea responsible, pay the fine. By doing this you waive your right to a hearing. If you choose this option prior to your court date, you will not be required to appear in court.
OPTION #3: Plea not responsible and request a hearing. The court will subpoena the officer who cited you and you both will appear before a judge or hearing officer at a later date. By choosing this option, you waive your right to attend a defensive driving class if you are found responsible at the hearing.
A.R.S. §§ 28-4135 (A), (B), (C)
If you had a valid policy on the date of violation, you may mail a photocopy of the insurance card for a dismissal of the charge. If you did not have a valid policy on the date of violation the Court may waive or reduce the penalty if you can show proof of:
A: A pre-paid 6 month policy
B: A 36-MONTH DRIVING RECORD from MVD showing no previous violations of ARS § 28-4135 within the last 24 months or one violations of ARS § 28-4135 within the last 36 months.
If you do not have a valid pre-paid 6 month policy or if you have one or more violations of ARS § 28-4135 within the last 24 months or more than one violation within the last 36 months the fine is $967 for a first violation and your driver license, registration, and license plate of the motor vehicle involved will be suspended for at least 3 months.
HOW MUCH IS MY FINE?
Click on the link below to access the most common civil traffic offenses. If you do not see your statute code on the list, please call the Court for assistance.