someone rang the door bell and asked for me, when asked by my wife regarding they said photo ticket. my wife refused to take it on my behalf but the person (not in uniform) left it outside the house. he asked my wife if she lived there and she said yes. that was the only question asked.
can i get out of this one? what is your advice?
If your wife was handed the document, then "you" have been served; if the notice was left on the door or dropped on the ground, that is likely NOT valid service. HOWEVER, you will now need to appear in court and move to dismiss for lack of valid service and otherwise fight the ticket, which I suggest you do. There are many factual and legal challenges to photo radar tickets, though it would be best to have an attorney assist you. As for status of your case, if it's pending in one of the covered courts you can check online. See the link below.
In Arizona, it is not necessary that the person being served accept the papers, that the process server offered them and then left them for the person served when they refused to take them is usually enough.
If the service is at the residence of the defendant, and the person encountered by the process server is of suitable age (14 or older, usually) and discretion (not incompetent), then this would constitute substitute service, and it is valid.
An attorney with skills and experience in dealing with photo enforcement tickets can often spot additional problems with the ticket, the service, or the procedures employed, so as to challenge the ticket.
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