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FAQ - Civil Traffic Hearings

Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

How will the judicial hearing officer decide the issues and outcome of the case?

A civil traffic case is decided by applying a legal concept that is commonly referred to as “preponderance of the evidence.”  If the state, as the plaintiff, shows that the preponderance of the evidence (in other words, the greater weight of all the evidence) demonstrates it is more likely than not that a violation was committed, the state wins. If the evidence does not demonstrate this, the defendant wins.


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