Facing Criminal Speeding Charges? Call Today!
Drivers who exceed a posted speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour in a business or residential district (or exceed forty-five miles per hour if no speed limit is posted), or who exceed 85 miles per hour in other locations or exceed thirty-five miles per hour approaching a school crossing, could be charged with criminal excessive speed violations under Arizona law.
Because an excessive speeding ticket is considered a criminal charge, a conviction will leave an individual with a criminal record. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine what types of defenses may be available in your case. There are many possible defenses such as an attack on the methods used to calculate speed (i.e. radar, visual estimation, LIDAR, aircraft, drones and other methods)or error points in any of these methods, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to identify which possible defenses are applicable to your case.
Many criminal traffic violation cases are based on the statements of a law enforcement officer. Fighting these charges is important because a conviction can result in points against your driver’s license, which can subsequently result in an increase in your car insurance premiums, or even a suspension or revocation of driving privileges if too many points are accrued. Additionally, fines for criminal speeding tickets can be costly, making it all the more important that you consult with an experienced criminal law attorney to determine the best course of action to protect your driving privileges and limit your financial exposure. In addition to the potential for increased insurance premiums or the loss of driving privileges, a conviction will also result in a criminal record which could be detrimental to future opportunities in life.
There is a significant difference between civil speed and criminal speed violations, and in many cases it makes sense to contest the citation in court. In severe situations, enough traffic violations can result in suspension or full revocation of driving privileges. Loss of license can cause significant hardship for those who depend on their own transportation for work or family reasons. It is important to hire an experienced attorney to assist with the defense of criminal traffic violations and to negotiate the most favorable outcome possible, including a reduction of charges, or even perhaps getting the charge reduced to a civil violation in some cases.
This Firm has handled all types of criminal traffic violations, including Criminal Speed, Reckless Driving, Racing and other criminal traffic violations. We have represented individuals in courts throughout the Phoenix area, including most Town/City Courts and Justice Courts throughout the Valley. We have had many successful outcomes with these types of cases, including reduction in charges, dismissals and acquittals in bench trials.