CIVIL TRAFFIC OFFENSES
If you have received a citation for a civil traffic offense(s) there are several options for you to consider in respect to each of the charges on your ticket. If all of the charges on your ticket are addressed prior to your arraignment, you will not have to appear for arraignment.
If your ticket has a criminal or criminal traffic charge, please go to Criminal Division - Arraignments for information.
For civil traffic only, you can:
1) Enter a plea of Responsible and pay the fine. The fine amount can be found on the Bond Schedule.
2) For ‘moving traffic’ offenses you may be eligible to take traffic school to dismiss the charge. The schools charge a fee of approximately $200 but completion of traffic school would dismiss the charge and no report would be made to MVD (no points) or to your insurance company. You should be eligible if you don't hold a commercial driving license and you have not attended traffic school at any time during the last two years. Please go to www.azcourts.gov to find further information, additional links to AZ certified Defensive Driving Schools. To check on eligibility requirements.
3) Enter a plea of Not Guilty/Not Responsible and proceed to a Civil Traffic Hearing. A new court date will be assigned and mailed to you. NOTE if you take the matter to a Civil Traffic Hearing and are found responsible, traffic school will no longer be an option for you.
4) If you are unable to appear at the Wickenburg Municipal Court you may request a continuance by completing a motion form. A motion to continue may be filed in person, e-mail or by mail and the Court must receive the completed motion prior to the court date. Note: You are responsible for ensuring that the motion has been granted before your court date. If the motion has not been granted and you do not appear your civil charges will be defaulted and a warrant will be issued for criminal charges.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the defendant's responsibility to follow up with the Court to ensure that the payment or correspondence sent via mail was received by the Court and that all charges have been resolved on or before the arraignment date. Mailing address 155 N Tegner St., Ste B, Wickenburg AZ 85390.
If you decide to go ahead with traffic school, the school must be AZ Certified, and you must have the class completed at least 7 days prior to your original or extended court date. If you take the class on-line, you need to have it completed at least 10 days prior to your court date. Applications for traffic school/extensions for traffic school need to be made in writing to the court. Mailed, e-mailed or faxed applications are acceptable.