We were hired this week by quite a few clients all over Arizona for criminal speeding charges. A criminal speeding charge is something anyone can get cited for. I believe that it’s unfair that Arizona actually criminalizes speeding. In my opinion, it should be no more than a fine, not having a criminal conviction on a person’s record. Especially when the speed limits are up to 75 mph and traffic may be light, so people tend to lose track of their speed. Because Arizona is such a tourist destination, we see people from all over the Country who travel here and get issued a criminal speeding ticket. Not only do we represent people from out of state, we represent many people who live in Arizona.
I thought it would be helpful to write this blog about some of the frequently asked questions I received from potential clients when they call about their criminal speeding case
WHICH COURTS DO WE HANDLE CRIMINAL SPEEDING CASES AT?
One of the many benefits about choosing our law firm is we represent clients all over Arizona. We have experience in nearly every single court in every single city or town you can possibly think of. We understand each court’s individual policies on how they handle criminal speeding cases. For instance, some courts are more lenient than others. Regardless of which court your case has been assigned to, chances are we would be more than happy to handle your case.
HOW MANY POINTS DOES A CRIMINAL SPEEDING CHARGE HAVE ON MY DRIVING RECORD?
Criminal speeding cases carry the same amount of points as a civil speeding ticket, which is three points on a motor vehicle record. Although it carries the same amount of points, it is possible that your insurance company will see that it was still criminal speeding and significantly raise your insurance premiums. I tell our potential clients that the reasonable amount of money you pay our law firm to handle your case, will result in a significant savings due to your car insurance not being raised. From that perspective, it makes financial sense to hire us.
IF I LIVE OUT OF STATE OR NOT IN THE SAME CITY WHERE I GOT CITED, WILL I HAVE TO TRAVEL BACK TO COURT?
Once you hire our lawyers to represent you for your criminal speeding case, we act as your personal representative. This means we will most likely be able to resolve your entire case without you ever having to go to court. At most, we can structure your case where you only appear telephonically. Your telephonic appearance will only be required one time. Once you hire our office to handle your criminal speeding case, there is very little effort or involvement on our clients’ side. We take care of most everything for them.
WILL IT HELP IF I TOLD THE POLICE OFFICER THAT I WAS SPEEDING BECAUSE I REALLY HAD TO GO TO THE RESTROOM?
I’m not writing this question because I’m trying to be funny. Surprisingly, this is an excuse that we hear all the time. It’s important for me to tell potential clients that if we hear it all the time, the judge hears it even more. This is not a valid defense, it’s not a mitigation defense and it will not be held up in a court of law. Even if you have a doctors note. Our lawyers are well trained and experienced in presenting effective arguments and defenses to the judge that will result in better outcomes than anything you would be able to achieve without a lawyer.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TRY TO REPRESENT MYSELF FOR MY CRIMINAL SPEEDING CASE?
Representing yourself for any type of criminal case is a mistake. The same rule applies to criminal speeding. We believe we are one of the most affordable law firms in Arizona for criminal speeding tickets. It’s not worth trying to save a little bit of money when our lawyer should be able to provide you with an exceptional outcome that you will be pleased with. When you try representing yourself, who knows what will happen. The case may go sideways, you might get convicted of criminal speeding, and if you do, we cannot reverse that conviction.
WILL IT BE POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GO TO DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL?
Our ultimate goal is to have the judge order defensive driving school for all of our criminal speeding clients. The benefit of attending and completing driving school is that your entire case will be dismissed, you will not have any points on your record, and we should be able to waive the fine associated with the case. Defensive driving school is not a foregone conclusion. The judge will not automatically grant it. Getting the judge to grant defensive driving school takes a tremendous amount of work and requires a level of experience to achieve this outcome.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CANNOT GET THE JUDGE TO ORDER DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL?
Although we strive to receive defensive driving school for all of our cases, there are times when the judge may not grant our request. In these situations, we switch gears and strive for the next best possible outcome. The next best possible outcome for a criminal speeding case is a reduction to civil speeding. Although civil speeding carries three points and a small fine, you will not be convicted of criminal speeding and will not have a misdemeanor conviction on your record. Reduction to civil speeding is still a very good outcome and we consider it to be a success.
HOW CAN I HIRE YOUR LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT ME?
We make hiring our law firm to represent you for criminal speeding extremely easy. When you call her office, you will speak to a lawyer for free. We will go over the facts of your case and let you know how we can best help you. We charge a flat rate, meaning there are no hidden fees. As mentioned previously, we consider ourselves to be one of the more affordable law firms in Arizona. If you would like to hire us, we can process a payment over the phone, send you the receipt immediately, and begin working on your file the same day that we are hired. Even if you are reading this on a night or weekend, our lawyers are always on call and would be more than happy to speak with you. Do not hesitate to call her office after hours, that’s what we are here for.