Williams is a town in Coconino County, Arizona. Located right on historic Route 66, Williams still had a significant population of 3,023 during the 2010 census, making it one of the few towns that remained intact after the interstate drew much of the car traffic off Route 66. Williams' survival and its continued reliance on tourism is due in large part to being on the southern terminus of the iconic Grand Canyon Railway, making Williams a popular destination for Canyon-goers who still want to be in a populated area while they take in the sights. Additionally, Williams is surrounded by other outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, hiking, biking, and camping.
When compared with the rest of the state of Arizona, the town of Williams is slightly below average when it comes to the affluence of its residents. According to the website CityData, while Arizona's median household income in 2015 was $51,492, it was $42,535 in Williams, a 21% decrease. Even this affluence is not distributed very equally for Williams locals: 28.1% of the residents lived beneath the poverty level in 2015, including nearly 40% of Hispanic residents.
Perhaps because of the wealth discrepancy, crime in Williams is significantly more likely than elsewhere in the U.S. In an attempt to reduce the crime rate in Williams, the town employs a massive police force for the town's size, with 20 full-time law enforcement officers on duty, or 3.54 for every 1,000 residents, considerably higher than the 1.88 Arizona state average.
Williams Justice Court
The Williams Justice Court is where local legal affairs and criminal cases are heard by a judge.
700 West Railroad Avenue
Williams, AZ 86046
The court, located at 700 West Railroad Avenue between the railroad tracks and a strip of hotels on Route 66, can hear a limited variety of cases, including the following.
- Civil lawsuits and small claims cases for less than $10,000
- Disputes between landlords and tenants
- Traffic offenses
- Domestic violence and cases surrounding restraining orders
- Local criminal cases, including for driving under the influence (DUI)
Parking at the Williams Justice Court
There is a parking lot surrounding much of the building at the Williams Justice Court. This lot tends to be more than adequate for the court's daily needs, but if there is a high turnout on the day that you need to make a court appearance, you can also find parking along the side of the road on nearby Route 66. Additionally, there are public parking spaces on either side of Memorial Park, which fills the median between Route 66 and West Railroad Avenue about 100 yards to the west of the Justice Court.
DUI-Defense and Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Williams
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