I am a foreign military stationed in California and got stopped by the police last week for speeding. He gave me a criminal traffic notice and will soon have to appear in court in Arizona.
Yes, contact and preferably retain an experienced, Arizona-licensed traffic law attorney to represent you.
There may be implications regarding your military status, drivers license in your home country, and Immigration issues here if you wind up getting convicted of a misdemeanor, criminal offense.
Many such attorneys, including myself, offer free, initial 30-minute consultations. You should strongly consider availing yourself of one or more of these.
Hi Edsel and great question. Hats off to you for taking this seriously and being proactive about getting help. I'm assuming the officer cited you for a criminal speed violation. Since this is a criminal matter, the first date on your citation is called an arraignment and as of now you'll have to appear on the date and time to have a Judge review the charges with you. As other's have stated and even though it's just a traffic ticket, there are real world consequences with these types of violations, including a criminal conviction and probation. We recommend reaching out to an experienced traffic attorney like myself to help you navigate this and in many instances we're able to appear in Court for you so you can concentrate on work.
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Brandon White, Esq.
Consult some attorneys for a private consultation, but in most cases, this offense is not that bad. To my knowledge, Arizona is one of only two states in the country that criminalize speeding without more evidence of wrongdoing. To save you time, you can hire an attorney to go to court and resolve it favorably for you. Depending on the court, if you cannot afford an attorney, you might be able to call and explain your circumstances so you can appear telephonically to resolve it. Just be careful and make sure you don't accidentally plead to a crime by accepting whatever you are offered. Most people realize the difference, but occasionally, depending on how relaxed the policies of the court are in accepting pleas and payments, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference.
Regardless, if you can afford it, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney to maximize your chances of obtaining a favorable result. You should at least consult some attorneys. Good luck.
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