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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Insurance Defense for Arizona on
Q: If a car ahead of me runs out of gas and shuts off in the process of pulling over to the only spot that's not going to

Block traffic and their hazard lights are on, and I crash into them t-boning them, who's fault is it. 3 Lane road with a break in the median she's in the 3rd lane and I'm in the 1st lane the only safe place to pull over is in the median break. Her hazard lights were on as soon as she... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 10, 2024

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It's possible liability could be apportioned between both of you, depending on how the accident is evaluated by the insurance company investigator. If they didn't have insurance, check the terms of your UM... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: A cop pulled me over and I dropped my ciggarette but picked it up as soon as we were done. Am I guilty of littering?
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answered on Jan 18, 2024

If you dropped a cigarette during the traffic stop but promptly picked it up afterward, it is less likely that you would be charged with littering. Littering charges typically involve the intentional and unlawful disposal of waste or objects in public spaces. In your case, it seems like a momentary... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: I was pulled over in a commercial truck and marijuana was found in the vehicle. It wasn't mine, it was another employees

Me and my boss are telling them it wasn't mine but they still want to charge me. What do I do!!

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answered on Oct 19, 2023

In Arizona, being found with marijuana in a commercial vehicle is a serious offense that could lead to criminal charges and affect your commercial driver's license. If you and your boss are asserting that the marijuana wasn't yours, gathering evidence to support your claim will be... View More

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Q: My wife was given a ticket for speeding. She has been provided a court date to appear

She doesn’t know how speed she was driving but says couldn’t have been more than 90. The cop got her at 118 in the paper work with misdemeanor classification. She has no prior as ever. What could happen and how to take it forward.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 11, 2023

Being cited for 118 I would hire a traffic ticket or criminal defense attorney to represent your wife in case the prosecution seeks to make an example out of her---furthermore, if she has defenses then it is best for a lawyer to present them. Better to pay some money for a lawyer now than the... View More

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Q: I have court tomorrow for a traffic citation and I’m out of town. What should I do?

I have court tomorrow for a traffic citation (unsafe lane change) I request a continuance last week and haven’t heard back. I am currently unable to make it to court tomorrow because I am out of town for work. I’ve called the court and the city clerks they both said they can’t do anything and... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 12, 2023

Call in the morning about 10 minutes before your appearance time. Check the court's website for the courtroom that you are assigned to and be sure that you are speaking with that courtroom's clerk. Is isn't a city clerk, it is a courtroom clerk. Or hire a traffic ticket attorney.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: What might my sentence be for a criminal speeding ticket in AZ for a first time offence?

I was driving and I sped up to make it past the light that I felt was about to turn yellow. There was only one other car on the road and it was a truck in the next lane. I passed the truck but started to slow down once I made it past the light, but the truck was following me and it was dark.... View More

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answered on Feb 28, 2023

Based on everything you said, you should be hiring a lawyer to handle this for you. Every case is different so it is not possible to tell you what you will get unless you hire someone. We have seen some judges give people 3+ days of jail for criminal speeding first offense. Other judges might be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: Can you be arrested for Aggravated DUI when your weren't even driving, in front of your house ,with no keys in your poss

Police report says I was observed consuming alcohol and was not even driving or in possession of keys and no ethyl alcohol in my system can the police lie like that on the police report and a year later initially file charges for Aggravated DUI?

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems unusual that you would be charged with Aggravated DUI a year after the incident if you were not driving, did not have keys in your possession, and had no ethyl alcohol in your system at the time. However, laws can vary by jurisdiction, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: Sold my vehicle last year(I have bill of sale)& buyer never registered it & acrewed 3 no insurance tickets in the it.

I since have had my license suspended and an sr-22 put on me because of the buyers failure to transfer the title in their name or register it. Why do I have to pay for their mistakes.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Not 100% sure of AZ law, but in CA, on sale, the seller sends a notice of transfer to the DMV in order to give notice of the sale of the vehicle. I recommend you contact several attorneys in your area that practice this type of law, as soon as possible. Thank you for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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Q: I have a hold on my drivers license from the state of KS. This was 22 years ago. All the charges have been dismissed.

But I cannot get a license in my home state due to this hold. What can I do?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 8, 2023

Today a number of firm specialize in handling traffic tickets. You should find a firm that does them in KS and retain them to clear up your record there. Thanks for using Justia ask a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: Is there a minimal amount of damage that has to occur in a traffic accident in the state of Arizona. To get a ticket

My wife was rear ended by a commercial vehicle in Glendale Arizona the officer told her since there wasn’t $2000 worth of damage she wasn’t gonna write the driver a ticket. There was minimal damage done to my vehicle.But my grandson was in the car we took him to the emergency room he checked... View More

Sean Woods
Sean Woods
answered on Oct 14, 2022

Hi there! Yes you can definitely pursue options to get reimbursed. Under Arizona law, another driver’s negligence can be a recoverable tort.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: Whats it mean on a minute entry/order if it says WARRANT AND BOND ARE CONFIRMED?
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answered on Aug 28, 2022

Thank you for the question. It could mean that a bench arrest warrant was issued. I would need more context to be able to answer the question accurately. If indeed an arrest warrant was issued, if you come into contact with law enforcement they will arrest you and take you to jail. You should reach... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Arizona on
Q: As passenger in a vehicle should I be held accountable for something that was found in the vehicle during a traffic stop

I was getting a ride from acquaintance . I was sitting front passenger seat of a mini van.

I just got into the vehicle not only two miles down the road the cop pulls him over for making an illegal turn. The vehicle ended up being searched and the cops found a bag carrying illegal... View More

Andrea Short
Andrea Short
answered on May 9, 2022

The simple answer to your question is to have a consultation with a lawyer and eventually hire a private defense firm to represent you.

This is very important because it is very common that situations like this happen and you are going to want private attention with a lawyer who is there...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: If you commit this what are the possible punishments and what are the likely punishments for pleading guilty?

Hit traffic “expect delays” sign and did not call police

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Apr 13, 2022

You would likely be charged with failure to control your vehicle (infraction) and leaving the scene of a property damage collision (misdemeanor). You will likely face a fine and a serious increase in your cost of insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: Can the judge deny and refuse to argue a motion to dismiss?

I have two charges that were based on thr black box of the car (Event Data Recorder) extractEd 4 months after the accident. The charges are speed and Reckless Driving.

The officer who charged me had no experience dealing with the EDR, and I had an altercation with him which resulted in me... View More

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answered on Feb 14, 2022

The judge is correct the time to argue facts are trial. I understand this is not the answer you were hoping to hear, in criminal cases there is not a Motion for Summary Judgment where you are permitted to get a ruling of guilty or not guilty based on undisputed facts prior to trial. You can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: My drivers license is suspended in wa state due to an accident i am unable to pay the financial responsability.

I have moved to arizonia and need to get my drivers license however i am suspended in wa state because i am unable to pay the collections agency the 1000.00 a month i am on ssi i had prior arranements with the insurance company to pay 30.00 a month they told me it was 15,000 now they say its over... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 28, 2020

File bankruptcy, get a discharge, and then you can get your license back.

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Q: would i get pulled over just for driving during the 30 day quarantine Arizona is having now?
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answered on Apr 1, 2020

No! You still have constitutional rights that protect you and your families. When it comes to being pulled over, the police must have a valid reason to pull you over. They cannot use the stay at home order as justification to pull anyone over and question them.

On the incredibly off chance...
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Q: I have a citation for no registration, no seatbelt driving on a suspended license and headlight out. They are all over

Over 15 years I received them mostly all in one day from each jurisdiction, Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa. I even served time in jail for about a week. How can I get them reduced or dismiss

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answered on Apr 1, 2020

In Arizona, we do not have a law that allows for expungements. However, we do have a law that allows for "Set Asides". This essentially is the AZ equivalent of an expungement or sealing records.

In your situation, it seems as if these offenses occurred 15 years ago and you were...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: What are the risk I'm heading into after getting T-boned?

This happened in Arizona.

I rented a "sports" car for my vacation car for a week around 7AM. By 9AM I was on an intersection wanting to make a left turn. I had the green arrow in the traffic light so as I was about to turn, about 40-50 yards out a car hits the peddle and comes... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 21, 2020

An Arizona attorney could advise best on this, as it would involve state-specific elements of insurance law for motor vehicle accidents. But your question remains open for four weeks. You probably have by now, but if you have not, I'd recommend consulting with an Arizona attorney because you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: How to resolve an open reckless driving from 13 years ago in NM if you are living in Phoenix AZ?
K. Bryan Goodman
K. Bryan Goodman
answered on Sep 17, 2019

Hello. You will need to contact an attorney in the city/town/county were the conduct occurred. Attorneys can only represent people in a State where they are licensed to practice law so it is unlikely you will be able to hire a local Phoenix attorney that is also licensed in New Mexico. You may be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: Can my citation be dismissed?

I received a citation today in el mirage. The officer did not fill in the date of the incident. The space is blank. The only date on the citation is the court date. Can this be dismissed?

William Jaksa
William Jaksa
answered on Sep 7, 2019

Sometimes facial errors are enough to have a ticket thrown out; the clerks may not be about to enter the ticket information into the court system without a date. BUT, the cop can always fill it in on his copy and file it that way. The cop's copy is the ticket, all you have is a carbon copy.

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