I got served for a photo radar ticket, what can I do?
I just got served today for a traffic speeding ticket 11mph over. There seems to be a lot of confusion within the state of Arizona on whether or not photo radar tickets are enforceable. In the past 5 years I have ignored 3 photo tickets and never been served. I recently have been pulled over for expired plates and the officer said nothing to me about any previous unpaid tickets.
My Question is: Now that I have been server by a random woman at my house, can I still ignore this?
The woman did not ask my name but simply said I am obligated to serve this to you. I took the paper without looking and closed the door. She did not have me sign anything.
Any help would be much appreciated.
3 attorney answers
Sorry about your luck with the photo radar tickets. I sure don't like those cameras either.
Based on what you have told me, I feel that you have been served and the woman who served you will report that you were sufficiently served. Going forward, you are going to have to deal with these past tickets. Not dealing with them will probably end with a warrant being issued. There are a few ways that you can handle these tickets. You can simply pay the fine, you can go through traffic school, or you can go to the hearing for the tickets.
If you retain a Tucson defense attorney, the attorney can fight your tickets in court and challenge the photo radar tickets. Your fines for the infractions aren't going to increase, thus challenging the tickets at a hearing isn't going to add to your punishment. Chances are an experienced defense attorney in Tucson has had some luck fighting these and would be your best bet if you want to try to get around paying the tickets.
I hope that this was helpful.
Parker Evan Bornmann
No you cannot now ignore it. You can treat it like any other traffic ticket (pay it, do traffic school, or have hearing) or you can retain counsel to assist you in challenging the legality of photo radar tickets. You are correct that generally such tickets and the process is illegal in most attorneys' views. However you have to legally challlenge the process to succeed.
Thanks so much for the information. I plan to either pay it or take the course, but I'm curious as to what would happen from here if I were to ignore it. Would they actually issue a warrant or suspend my drivers license? Do you recommend its worth pursuing challenging the legality of photo radar tickets to beat the ticket, or in your experience is it a losing battle?
Not a losing battle but would be "costly" an likely require an appeal to superior court. If you did not appear, a default judgment would be entered against you and your license would likely be suspended.
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor 2012
Here's the rub. She is going to report you were properly served. That's what she gets paid for. If you do not show up, you could face a warrant. Talk with a local defense lawyer.
Any comments offered are not intended as legal advice. This attorney does not know the specifics of the particular case sufficiently to offer legal advice. You should hire a lawyer who can evaluate the details of your specific situation before offering advice.
Can’t find what you’re looking for?
Post a free question on our public forum.Ask a Question
- or -
Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.Find a Lawyer