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    Question: What is the harshest penalty you can receive for not paying a fine on a ticket?

    Answer: This depends on the type of traffic ticket. Under Arizona law, most minor traffic violations are civil citations. If someone fails to go to court or pay a fine on a civil traffic ticket, they are automatically found guilty or "responsible" for the violation by the court (this is called a default judgment).

    Most civil citations have a maximum fine of $250.00. Some citations, such as No Registration and No Insurance, carry mandatory fines of between $400.00 and $500.00 and the fines can go as high as $1,300.00 to $1,400.00. The court can also suspend driver's licenses and registration for up to a year for a third offense. Most courts also add default fees or other processing fees of $50.00 to $100.00.

    After the court sets the fine and adds the default fees, the case is reported to the Motor Vehicle Division and the violator's driver's license is suspended until the fines and fees are paid to the court. Even after the fines and fees are paid to the court, a reinstatement fee also has to be paid to MVD to have the license reinstated. A person caught driving on a license that has been suspended because they have not paid a court fine can be charged with Driving on a Suspended License, which results in more fines.

    The violation is reported to the Motor Vehicle Division, which then assesses "points" on the driver's license records. For example, a civil Speeding ticket is a three-point violation. Most other moving violations are two-point violations.

    Under a recent Arizona law, if a driver under eighteen receives one violation on his driver's license record, he is ordered to attend the Traffic Survival School. If the driver fails to attend the Traffic Survival School his license will be suspended for six months. A second violation results in a three-month license suspension. A third violation results in a six-month license suspension.

    Some traffic violations are criminal charges, such as DUI, Drag Racing, Exhibition of Speed, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, and even Excessive Speed (20 miles an hour over the limit). If a person does not pay the ticket or go to court as required, a warrant will be issued for his arrest. If taken into custody on the warrant the violator may have to wait in jail to see a judge or until a future court date.

    The court can also report the warrant to Motor Vehicle Division, which will result in the driver's license being suspended until the warrant is cleared up.

    1 thru 5 of 5 comments    [ 1 ]   
    On 10/28/05
    big d from MI said:
    u people need 2 grow up and learn to obey the law!!!
    On 01/14/04
    Gregory from AZ said:
    You should see if that orginization which issued the citation has an out of state program. If not, they will usally report the citation to your current DMV for evauation. You may recieve notice in the mail of a court date or other arraginments
    On 07/11/03
    Ryan from IL said:
    Two weeks ago I just moved to the state of Illinios from the state of Arizona for college... I had my drivers liscence changed and my plates have not yet expired... today I recieved a notice in the mail for a red light photo ticket... I cannot attend court in arizona because I am in Illinois, nor driving school... My fine for the violation is $180... I know that if I choose not to pay the fine or make an appeal in court a warrant will be issued for my arrest and my liscence probably suspended... Can they still suspend my liscence now that it has changed to an illinois liscence?... Will they co
    On 10/04/01
    paula from CA said:
    I"ve received a notice to appear in court for driving with asuspended license, but never received any notice mailed to my home.I'm wondering if it could've been suspendedmfor being in an accident with only "forced insurance" to cover the vehicle i was financing? This was in July of 2000 and I now am driving a family member"s car and pay the insurance on their car which covers any driver 25 year or older. I also wonder could this be for not paying a speeding ticket that I might have forgotten to pay? What's the worst that could happen to me?
    On 10/03/01
    mandy from AZ said:
    I didnt go to traffic survival school and my license was suspened for 6 months...is there any way I can get a temp. license to get me to work and school??
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