Arizona Suspended License Lawyer
Driving on a suspended license, accidentally or intentionally, will lead to serious criminal penalties. You may not have understood the full scope of the license suspension, and accidentally broken its terms. You may simply feel that is was necessary to risk driving on a suspended license under certain circumstances. Perhaps you just assumed the police wouldn’t catch you. Whatever the case, know that you’re at risk of several different penalties for this traffic infraction in Arizona. Protect your legal right to drive with an Arizona suspended license attorney from the law offices of Corso Law Group as soon as police charge you with this crime.
About Driver’s License Suspension in Arizona
Arizona may choose to suspend or revoke a driver’s license for many reasons. Some common causes of suspension include reckless driving, driving, drunk driving, causing a collision with a pedestrian or bicyclist, failure to pay traffic violations, letting your car insurance lapse, or being found guilty of a crime involving street racing, graffiti, firearms, alcohol, drugs, or endangerment. Many drivers face suspension after accumulating too many points on their driving record (12 or more in a 12-month period is grounds for suspension in AZ).
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department will notify you of the license suspension or revocation shortly after an infraction that demands this type of penalty. A license suspension has a certain time period during which a driver cannot operate his or her vehicle. Revocation is a permanent withdrawal of a person’s driving privileges. Revocation will typically only occur after a certain number of infractions or convictions. License suspensions may last indefinitely until you comply with the requirements for reinstatement at an administrative hearing.
You typically have to wait a certain amount of time, such as 30 days or six months, before you qualify for this hearing. You may need to fulfill certain requirements from the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), and the Arizona criminal courts to regain your driving privileges if your suspension stemmed from a criminal conviction. Driving on a suspended license is a class 1 misdemeanor and exposes you to severe legal penalties in Arizona, such as a fine of up to $2,500 plus surcharges, up to 3 years of probation, up to 6 months in jail, and a possible additional license suspension. Unless you have a solid defense or an Arizona traffic ticket defense attorney with you, law enforcement does not treat this crime lightly.
Defenses We May Use for Driving on a Suspended License
Driving on a suspended will create serious future issues that we term, “the snowball effect”. Once you enter into this revolving door of driver’s license suspensions and court fines, it is very difficult to break out of the cycle of constant issues. You must seek help. With the assistance of a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer, there is a good chance we will produce a result with relatively minor penalties. We may even be able to dismiss the prosecution’s case altogether and issue a license reinstatement in certain circumstances.
Possible defenses for this crime include:
- Stating that the police officer’s traffic stop was illegal or without probable cause. Proof of this can lead to the court’s ruling that any evidence the officer obtained during the stop, is inadmissible, or unusable in the case.
- Another defense could be that the defendant was unaware of the suspended driver’s license, and never received proper notice from the Motor Vehicle Division regarding your motor vehicle record. Our team of suspended license attorneys in Arizona will work with you to develop a strong defense, depending on your unique circumstances.
We can reduce the odds of serious traffic penalties, such as jail for this offense. To get started, contact us online and request a free case evaluation.
Free Consultation With A Suspended License Defense Attorney
If your license has been suspended or revoked, call (480) 471-4616 to speak with an Arizona suspended license lawyer at Corso Law Group. We care about the attorney-client relationship and our license suspension attorney team will instruct you on what to do and what not to do to protect your rights during legal processes. Contact our defense attorneys today for a free case consultation.