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What do I do with the traffic ticket/citation?

First, across the bottom of your citation you will see a court name and address and a date on which you are to appear in the listed court. Do not fail to appear on that date; otherwise, 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 in the right-hand column of the citation, you will see a box that indicates whether 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 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 first and most important 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 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.