Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint
On the night of your arrest, the officer should provide you with an Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint (citation) very similar to the one in our book: DUI: The Next Day. Be sure that all the biographical information, such as your name, address, license number, and date of birth, are correct. Across the bottom of the citation there are two important pieces of information: the name and address of the court in which you must appear and the date and time of your arraignment. Unless you have made alternative arrangements with the Court or hired an attorney, you must appear on that date or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
If you look to the far right-hand side of the citation, you will see that there are various boxes by each violation. The officer will indicate whether the charges are criminal or civil by checking these boxes.
You will also notice that you may have been charged with multiple counts of DUI. This is normal. The State does this to ensure maximum possibility of conviction. If this is an alcohol-related DUI, you can be charged with as many as four counts of driving under the influence. The State is permitted to do this and may later dismiss the charges that it believes the evidence cannot support.
You may have also been charged with civil violations, such as speeding or failing to stay within your lane. This is also normal. Be aware, because MVD uses a point system, every moving violation will result in points against your driver license. Therefore, if you appear at the arraignment and simply plead guilty to all charges, you may receive a notice from Motor Vehicle Department of a suspension due to a points violation. This is in addition to any suspension related to your DUI.
If you have been charged with a DUI or Drug related DUI, contact the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your criminal case.