The Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier is located in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff is the crossroads for two major interstates, I-17 and I-40. It also is a travel destination for millions of people around the world who stop for a visit on their way to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, or Las Vegas. If your coming to visit Flagstaff you most likely will arrive by car. If you arrive by car you need to make sure you follow all applicable traffic laws. If you do obtain a traffic ticket, the Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier can help you. Call 928-774-5400 and ask to speak to Tony, Matt, or Daniel. Remember traffic infractions could have serious consequences towards your right to drive.
Q&A – Arizona Traffic Offenses
Below are commonly asked questions related to traffic offenses.
Q. Do I need an attorney for a civil traffic or criminal traffic offense?
Q. I received a civil traffic citation, what can I do?
- Attend defensive driving school
- Admit responsibility and pay the civil penalty
- Deny responsibility and request a hearing
Q. What happens if I attend defensive driving school?
Q. Am I eligible to take defensive driving school for my traffic ticket?
- You have not attended a defensive driving course for a traffic citation within the past 24 months
- Your citation must be eligible for defensive driving course
- You may only attend for one violation only
- You must complete the course at least 7 days prior to your court date
- If you have a commercial driver’s license you are not eligible to attend Defensive Driving School
Q. I am from out of state are there additional requirements I must fulfill?
- Contact an Arizona Certified Defensive Driving School
- You may take an internet class
- You may return to Arizona to take the class
- You can attend a class in your home state only if it is coordinated through an Arizona Certified School
Q. Where can I attend defensive driving school for Coconino County?
- Verde Valley Defensive Driving School 928-284-2190 (English)
- Roadrunner Traffic School 623-398-6590 602-441-3866 (English)
- 2 Go 2 Defensive Driving 520-449-8788 (English), 855-218-2007 (Spanish)
- U-Save…Easy 4U…Fun 2 Arizona Defensive Driving Online 888-554-7659, 877-347-5178 (English)
- TrafficSchoolOnline.com 877-805-0005, 800-800-3579 (English)
- Arizona Traffic Schools, LLC 480-857-4000 (English), 520-792-0400 (Spanish)
- EZ AZ Traffic School 877-303-3929 (English), 520-207-3200 (Spanish)
- National Traffic Safety Institute 520-547-2500 (English), 800-726-6874 (Spanish)
- Arizona-Express In-N-Out Defensive Driving Online 800-554-2718, 888-554-2718 (English)
Q. What if I have a civil traffic violation and I deny responsibility and request a hearing?
Q. What if I admit responsibility and pay the civil penalty?
Q. What laws apply to traffic offenses?
Q. What happens if I have a criminal traffic violation?
- Plead guilty, meaning you admit that you committed the crime on the ticket
- Plead not guilty, meaning you deny you committed the crime
Q. I just plead guilty for a criminal traffic violation, what are the consequences?
- A fine
- Suspension or restriction of your driving privileges
- Community service
- Court-ordered education classes
- Notify MVD that you plead guilty to a traffic offense, which could result in points on your driving record
Q. I just plead not guilty for a criminal traffic violation, what happens next?
- A pre-trial conference where you meet with the prosecutor and a plea may be given
- Set it for trial where the State will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the offense
Q. What happens at a criminal traffic trial?
Q. What rights do I have in a criminal traffic trial?
- The right to a trial before a judge
- The right to be represented by an attorney at all stages of your case
- The right to confront and cross-examine witnesses as to the truthfulness of their testimony
- Right to subpoena witnesses
- The right to remain silent
- The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
- The right to an appeal
Q. What if I fail to appear at court or fail to pay my fine?