The Court handles all civil traffic offenses, ordinance violations and some juvenile offenses within the corporate Town limits of Pinetop-Lakeside. The Court issues Orders of Protection (victims of domestic violence) and Injunctions Against Harassment.
You may see the Judge any Tuesday at 11:30 p.m., no appointment required.
David L. Widmaier, Justice of the Peace, Magistrate
As American citizens there are few virtues we hold greater than our belief in a fair and impartial judiciary system. Here at the Pinetop-Lakeside Justice Court, it is our goal to provide local justice in a fair and expedient manner, with courtesy and professionalism.
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A TICKET FOR A CRIMINAL (i.e., ordinance or municipal code) OFFENSE
You MUST appear in court or by mail on the date and time indicated on the ticket. Failure to do so may result in a WARRANT for your arrest.
IF YOU RECEIVED A TICKET FOR A CIVIL TRAFFIC OFFENSE
See Options 1, 2, & 3 below. If you are eligible for Defensive Driving class, you may be able to have a civil traffic charge dismissed. You may also handle the matter by mail (if you prefer). You should have received an envelope and information card with your ticket. Please use it!
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE
You must appear in Court on the date and time indicated on your ticket and be ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN. However, juveniles in civil traffic cases may appear by mail, or attend Defensive Driving class in the same manner as an adult (see Options 1, 2, & 3 below). To enroll in Defensive Driving class, call (888) 334-5565 before the date on your ticket. (Don’t call the court; we can’t register you.)
Attend a Defensive Driving Program. If you qualify, the following information applies to only one eligible charge. When you complete the course, you have no fine to pay, you do not have to appear in Court, and no points will be placed on your driving record. To enroll, call 1-888-334-5565 or visit www.azcourts.gov/drive/Defensive-Driving-Schools.
Admit the offense(s) on the ticket in one of three ways;
- Follow the INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING THE FINE BY MAIL, or pay online by clicking the button below (Magistrate Court fines only)
- Pay the fine at the service counter of the Court between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Appear before the Judge on your court date. The Judge will see you any Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Deny the offense on the ticket, and request a hearing date in person or by mail. To deny the offense by mail, follow the instructions TO DENY THE OFFENSE AND REQUEST A HEARING on the information card you received with your ticket.
If you fail to complete one of the three options above, on or before the court date shown on your civil traffic ticket, the court will enter a default judgment against you. A civil sanction will be imposed, and your driver’s license may remain suspended until the civil sanction and late fees are paid to the court. If you are charged with a criminal offense, and fail to appear, your license will be suspended and you may be arrested.
Violations marked with a single asterisk (*) are eligible for Defensive Driving Class. For violations not listed here, appear in court in person on Tuesday @ 11:30 a.m. to see a Judge.
28-641 TO 28-651….....………………………………………………….$351.00
28-701, 28-701A, 28-702.01C, 28-701AB
SPEED no collision, see chart below
|01-10 miles per hour over speed limit||$271.00*||$356.00|
|11-15 miles per hour over speed limit||$310.00*||$400.00|
|16-20 miles per hour over speed limit||$329.00*||$500.00|
|21-25 miles per hour over speed limit||$360.00*||$574.00|
|26-30 miles per hour over speed limit||$391.00*||$643.00|
|31-35 miles per hour over speed limit||$441.00*||$725.00|
|36+ miles per hour over speed limit||$502.00*||$848.00|
|28-701A FAILURE TO AVOID COLLISION (NO INJURIES)||$467.00*|
|28-701A FAILURE TO AVOID COLLISION (WITH INJURIES)||$763.00*|
|28-721A to 28-731||$375.00|
|28-751.1 to 28-754C||$283.00|
|28-771A to28-774, 28-776||$333.00*|
|28-792A to 28-797G||$314.00|
|28-813B to 28-817C||$293.00|
|28-855B to 28-856.3||$374.00*|
|28-855B to 28-856.3 (collision)||$457.00*|
|28-857A1 to 28-857A2 (first offense only)||$427.00|
|28-871A to 28-874C||$275.00|
|28-892 to 28-964B||$314.00|
|28-909A1 to 28-909 B||$194.00|
|28-921A1A to 28-965||$314.00|
|28-981.1 to 28-981.2||$385.00|
|28-1091A to 28-1097C||$365.00|
|28-1098A to 28-1098B||$365.00|
|28-2058A2B to 28-2060A&B||$324.00|
|28-2153A to 28-2153B2||$324.00|
|28-2354A1 to B3||$324.00|
|28-2531B1 to 28-2531B2||$794.00|
|28-3151A to 28-3157B||$416.00|
|28-3473A & 28-3473||See Judge|
|28-3474 and 28-3475||$324.00|
|28-3478.2 to 28-3478.5||$590.00|
|28-4135A, 28-4135B & 28-4135C||$1104.00****|
**VEHICLE REGISTRATION: (a) No fine if you registration was valid at the time of the citiation, show proof to court; or (b) $173.00 if renewed registration shown to court; or (c) $690.00 if registration is not renewed.
**** VEHICLE INSURANCE: A conviction of ARS 28-4135 requires a mandatory fine and suspension of your license and registration. If you show proof to the court of insurance in effect at the time of the violation, the charge will be dismissed. If you did not have insurance on the date of violation, the mandatory find may be reduced and the elimination of suspensions may occur if: 1) you do not have excessive prior convictions for no insurance, 2) you provide the Court proof that you purchased a six month insurance policy. May be reduced to $173
***** SUSPENDED REGISTRATION PLATE: (a) $351.00 if reinstated vehicle registration and MVD receipt shown to court, or (b) $694.00 if registration not reinstated.
+ DRIVERS LICENSE OR VEHICLE REGISTRATION NOT IN POSSESSION: (a) Charge will be dismissed with proof of driver license valid ON DATE AND TIME COMPLAINT WAS ISSUED. (b) $275.00 if no proof.
++ RED LIGHT VIOLATIONS:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you have been cited for 28-645A3A, or under age 18 (First Offense) and are found responsible for a moving violation by the court, you will be required to attend a traffic survival school (TSS) class by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) pursuant to the requirements of the Arizona Revised Statutes. If you are eligible for Defensive Driving Class and complete a class, the violation will be dismissed and you will not be subject to the requirement to attend a TSS class by MVD.
Under the Age of 18/Juveniles
Juvenile charged with civil traffic violations only may choose any option on page one Juveniles charged with criminal traffic must appear in court with a parent or guardian. Juvenile who admit tom, or are found responsible for a moving traffic violation are subject to separate action by MVD which may include Traffic Survival School (TSS). If you attend Defensive Driving Class, you may avoid TSS and no points will be assessed on your license.
|Dog at Large (first offense, civil)||$214.00|
|Dog at Large (second offense, class III mis)||See Judge|
|Barking Dog (first offense, civil)||$214.00|
|Barking Dog (second offense, class III mis.)||See Judge|
|Dog License required (6.04.170)||$288.00***|
***The court will reduce this fine to $125.00 upon proof the animal has been properly licensed.
Pay By Mail
Follow the directions on your ticket to make payments by mail.
Click the button below, and enter your ticket information to pay online. Only Magistrate Court fines can be paid online through either of the links below!
Pay In Person
Pay the fine at the service counter of the Court between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
What if I need to pay in cash or make a payment when the courthouse is closed?
If you are unable to make a payment because the courthouse is closed, you can pay in cash at certain stores in Arizona. PayNearMe is a program in Arizona where you may be able to make a payment in cash at certain retailers. Current retailers accepting payments are:
- Ace Cash Express
- Family Dollar
You must have your barcode on your court notice to make a payment, if you do not have your notice, you can find it at azcourtpay.com. Payments can be no more than $1,000. Also, there is a small fee of $2.99 per transaction
- Pay in cash at a PayNearMe location
Transactions are entered into the court system within 15 minutes.
CAN’T PAY THE FINE IN FULL?
A payment schedule may be arranged any Tuesday at the Court office, or you may make your request in writing, by following the directions in Item G. A fee of $30.00 is assessed for arranging a payment schedule.