Arizona Racing on Highway Lawyer
Exhibition of Speed describes any situation in which a driver participates in a highway race, speeding competition, or contest involving rapid acceleration on public roadways. Drag Racing involves two or more vehicles competing against one another in a test of speed or endurance, or for the purpose of making a record on a street. Drag racing is illegal in the state of Arizona, and punishable with major penalties. Exhibition of speed are acts of competitive speed, as well as squealing tires, and spinning and smoking the tires. These offenses are misdemeanors with heavy fines and points up to 8. As a suspect in a drag racing, or exhibition case, protect yourself with a great Arizona racing on highway attorney. Contact Corso Law Group of Arizona.
What Qualifies as “Drag Racing?”
According to Arizona Code Section 28-708, drag racing, or “racing on highways,” has two different definitions. The first is the operation of two or more vehicles where they start side by side, then accelerate in an attempt to outdistance each other. The second is the operation of one or more vehicles on a common selected course for the purpose of comparing speeds or acceleration times. Any other form of racing in which one more vehicles attempt to compete with one another is also illegal under Arizona law.
Someone in violation of Section 28-708 is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor – the most serious type of misdemeanor. The penalties for these offenses range from a minimum fine of $250 and community service to 6 months in jail with mandatory points. If the state convicts an individual of a second violation of the drag racing law within two years of the first conviction, they will be guilty of a class 6 felony. The punishment for this crime is a minimum fine of $500 with community restitution. A class 6 felony for drag racing in Arizona is not eligible for pardon, probation, or suspension of sentence until the individual has served at least 10 days in jail or prison.
In addition to the above penalties, a judge may order the surrender of the individual’s license and driving privileges for up to 90 days. The driver may face license revocation after a second or subsequent drag racing conviction. It’s clear that the state of Arizona aims to eradicate drag racing from its streets completely. The potential penalties for racing your vehicle are much more severe than simple speeding or reckless driving charges. If someone gets hurt or killed in a drag race, the charge can elevate to vehicular manslaughter.
Develop Your Defense for a Drag Racing/Exhibition of Speed Charge in Arizona
With help from Corso Law Group, you can increase your chances of avoiding or reducing the penalties against you for drag racing/exhibition of speed. Our team of experienced Arizona racing on highway lawyers will work closely with you to create a strategy that is ideal for your particular situation. Possibilities may include arguing that there was not a second vehicle involved. The defense may argue that he or she was unaware of the other vehicle’s actions, and was therefore not engaged in any type of race. It may also be possible to assert that the defendant was fleeing, speeding, or weaving out of fear or necessity.
Interviewing witnesses, analyzing police dash camera footage, and gathering other pieces of evidence may help disprove a prosecutor’s allegations, or at least convince the state to reduce the charges. With the right lawyer, you could plead your case down to a lesser charge or escape a sentence altogether. We have negotiated hundreds of racing/exhibition charges down to a lesser offense and outright dismissal. Our team is ready and waiting for your phone call if you’ve gotten into legal trouble for racing in the streets. Contact us today.