When you get a speeding ticket, you likely know that the location of the traffic stop is significant to the outcome of the incident. In the state of Arizona, though, the county you were pulled over and ticketed in will have a direct effect on the total cost of your fines and penalties for speeding. The fine for speeding is not the same in every county and also dependent on the speed you were traveling.
When you receive the speeding ticket, examine the ticket itself and you should see the exact fine printed on it. You may also be charged related surcharges, which vary based on the court handling your speeding ticket. The only surcharges that do not vary are DUIs. Those are the same in every city and county in the state and they are very expensive.
If you decide you want to attend an approved Defensive Driving Program you may be able to get your ticket dismissed and you could even avoid the points that would otherwise be tallied onto your record. You would, however, still have to pay a fee to enroll in the class. The total fees may include court diversion fees, state fees, and state surcharges as well as the traffic school’s fee. Traffic school costs vary based on the school you choose to attend and the county you were stopped in, but they are likely to be far less than your overall ticket fine and the other consequences that would come from a speeding conviction.
These programs are especially helpful if you already have points on your record and you are worried that you might lose your license. They can even help you prevent having anything negative on your driving record, which can lead to unwanted increases to your insurance premiums.
When you get a speeding ticket in Arizona, you have two basic options with regards to how you can proceed. You can accept the fines and penalties as they appear on the ticket, plead guilty, and pay the fines. Or alternatively, you can fight the ticket by pleading not guilty. You may get a lesser charge or you might have your ticket dismissed entirely. The downside to fighting the ticket is that you could also be found guilty in which case you would have to pay court fees on top of your original ticket fines.
Weigh the options carefully and decide if fighting the ticket is worth your time and effort. It is a good idea to speak with a traffic ticket attorney, even just as a consultation so you can gain access to advice that can help you decide if you should take your case to court.