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a 17 year-old son has an excessive speeding violation, first

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a 17 year-old son has an excessive speeding violation, first time ever, has never had any record before/ Went to court, judge asks for an arraignment, to take place a month later this first court interview. Should he bring an attorney to the arraignment or it will be a pretty straight forward process of having him taking Drving School classes?

I'm Fran, and I'm a criminal lawyer.

Excessive speeding in Arizona is not a traffic infraction but a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail. While jail is not something he will have to worry about, handled incorrectly this can result in your son getting himself a criminal record. For that reason, I would suggest having him show up at his arraignment with an attorney. Ideally, this can be bargained into something that would keep his record clean.

Maybe that would happen anyway, but maybe not. And with a youngster whose entire personal and professional life is still before him, I'd take no chances.

Hope that helps.
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