Option 3 - Request a Hearing

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A hearing can be requested by mail or in person at the court.

 

  • Complete the form "Request a Hearing" included with the ticket or download and print a copy.
  • Mail this form in the envelope provided, at least seven days prior to your court date.
  • You will be notified by mail of your new hearing date. If you do not receive notice of the new hearing date within 10 days, call (480) 644-2255 for information.
  • If you choose to mail in the amount of your sanction(s), the deposit will be posted as a bond and held until the time of your scheduled hearing.

 

If you fail to appear at the hearing, a default judgment will be entered against you. If you have chosen to mail in your deposit, it will be forfeited to satisfy the judgment and Department of Motor Vehicles will be notified. If you do not include a deposit and fail to appear at the hearing, a default judgment will be entered against you and an additional $90.00 will be added to the amount of judgment.

On the day of your hearing, you must be prepared to pay any sanction which may be imposed.


ADDITIONAL HEARING INFORMATION:

  • You may be represented by an attorney or you may present your own case at your hearing.  If you choose to be represented by an attorney, you must notify the court in writing at least 10 days prior to the hearing date and be ready to proceed on the hearing date.  You cannot be represented by someone who is not an attorney.
     
  • A hearing is similar to a trial. The State's witnesses will testify first. After each witness has testified, you will have an opportunity to ask the witness questions. After the State's witnesses have testified, you may present your case. You may call other witnesses who know something about the incident to testify for you. You may testify on your own behalf. In addition, you may present other evidence such as documents, photographs, etc. The Commissioner or Judge may also question you, the police officer, and other witnesses.
     
  • If you are found "not responsible" for the offense(s) you may leave the Court, there is nothing more which must be done. Any deposits previously posted will be refunded by mail.
     
  • If you are found "responsible", the Commissioner will indicate what your penalty will be. This penalty may be different from the amount listed on the sanction schedule. If the Commissioner's sentence includes a sanction (fine), payment in full is expected on the day of sentencing. Payment may be made by cash, check, money order or credit card. If you meet certain financial requirements, you may be allowed some time to pay. However, a time payment fee of $20.00 required by State Statute will be added to the amount that you owe.
     
     
     

     
 

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