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How to Read Your Traffic Citation

If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor DUI and are an Arizona resident, you are most likely to receive a traffic citation and be released to a taxi cab or friends.  This citation is a critical document in your DUI case and it is important that you know how to read it.

First, across the bottom of your citation you will see a court name and address with a date on which you are to appear in the listed court.  Do not fail to appear on that date or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

Next, you will see a list of the traffic laws you are accused of violating. Some of them will be criminal and some of them will be civil.  If you look to the right hand column of the citation you will see a box which indicates whether or not the infraction is civil or criminal. The officer must check the box and indicate that you are being charged with either a criminal or civil violation.   Note: this is not as simple as you may think.  For example, a speeding violation may be either civil or criminal.  Therefore, pay close attention to whether or not your charge is civil or criminal.  Obviously, they have very different consequences.

Next, review the biographical and incident information carefully. Is your name, address, date of birth, driver license number, state of birth, and other biographical information correct? Does the officer have the location, date, time, and place described correctly?

This traffic ticket is your most important first document. Without this ticket, you will be unable to proceed to your next step because you will not know where and when to appear in court.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, it is important to have an experienced DUI attorney on your side.  At Oracle Law Group Office, P.C., we have veteran DUI attorneys who want to handle your case and guide you through this difficult time.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, every day counts.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.  At Oracle Law Group Office, we listen, we care, and we want to help.


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