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What are the procedures for fighting a photo radar ticket under Arizona court procedures

Goodyear, AZ |

I got a mail in photo ticket for making a right hand turn on a red light, however it wasnt me, I am a male and the person driving was a female, I was in Korea serving my country at the time of the ticket, my girlfriend isnt sure who it was either since she lets her friends barrow the car, what can I do? My dad was checking my mail and he wrote a letter stating I was out of the country, will they still hound me about this?

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Most likely they will not. Photo radar is pretty limited in that there is no way to determine accurately if the person in the picture is the registered owner of the car. Most of the time it is, but where you have a valid alibi they will likely leave you alone and you'll never hear about this ticket again.


If you sign the waiver of service and mail it back, you validate the ticket. If you don't do that, some other service must occur.

"Summons and complaint may be served by first-class mail along with two copies of notice and acknowledgment of receipt of summons and complaint and postpaid return envelope, but service is not complete until the acknowledgment of receipt is executed." 16 A.R.S. Rules Civ.Proc., Rule 4.1(c), (c)(1, 2).

Essentially, that means the ticket -- which contains a court summons -- must be hand-delivered to you or a resident of your home if you do not validate it by mailing it back ( i.e. *service is not complete until the acknowledgment of reciept is executed.)

You need a lawyer. Check with an Arizona lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. I practice in Illinois.

Good luck to you.

God bless.

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In Arizona I was served my ticket by having officer of court knock on home office window and I refused to acknowledge identity. He stated that he could leave summons in door without a signature. Is that really proper service ?

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