Hi, a little over a week ago, I received a speeding ticket in Arizona for going 20-25 mph over the speed limit. I was away on vacation from NY, and I did not realize until last night that my ticket is marked as a criminal offense.
It was an honest oversight and I have no criminal record. I wish I had known the state had such strict speeding laws.
You will either need to hire a lawyer who practices in Mayer AZ or you will need to take care of it yourself. It's not likely that the court will waive your presence without a lawyer since this is a criminal offense (maybe you were going 20-25 over in a business or residential area?). Another possibility (which I don't recommend) is to contact the Prosecutor's office and ask if you can get it plead down to a civil offense which may negate the necessity for you to show up in person. I don't recommend that option since anything you say to them can be used against you, either in court or as a bargaining chip during plea negotiations. The best advice would be for you to hire a lawyer to handle it for you.
The very best thing to do is to hire a private criminal defense attorney in the area. You might be able to enter a plea in abstentia, but will find out from the attorneys that you have full confidential conversations with.
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As crazy as it sounds, it is a criminal case and you will need to appear or have an attorney appear on your behalf. If not, the court will issue a warrant. There are a few ways to resolve these cases to keep your record clean and to minimize travel. I suggest consulting with a few experienced criminal defense attorneys to get a better assessment of your case. Most attorneys offer free consultations. Good luck!
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You need to hire a local attorney to appear on your behalf. They should prepare a power of attorney to act on your behalf. In most instances they can resolve the case without the need for you to appear. Do not ignore this matter it can only get worse. Good Luck !
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