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What Are the Consequences of Driving on a Suspended License in Arizona?
Every day, thousands of people commute to and from one destination to the other to fulfill their daily responsibilities and many face tickets due to traffic violations. Common traffic violations include running a stop side, over speeding, going too fast or too slow, crossing the media, not using a seat belt, not signaling properly, not stopping for pedestrians, driving in the carpool lane and so on. All of these violations carry penalties, depending on the severity of the situation, and add points to your driving record. Another serious offense a person can be charged with is driving on a suspended license. The driver’s license could be suspended as a result of any of the following reasons:
- Accumulation of points on your driver’s license
- Failing to appear in court for a traffic violation
- Driving recklessly on the highways
- Driving under the influence of an intoxicant
- Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death
- Facing alcohol-related offenses
- Causing a serious accident or fatality using a motor vehicle
- Having two or more previous convictions on record
Apart from the above listed points, there may be other reasons that can lead to license suspension. Read on to understand the consequences of driving on a suspended license in the state of Arizona.
Facing a Class One Misdemeanor
Anyone who knowingly operates a motor vehicle on a public highway with a driver’s license that is suspended, revoked or cancelled may have to face a class one misdemeanor under Arizona Revised Statute 28-3473. A class one misdemeanor carries a number of consequences, including a potential fine of up to $2,500 along with spending 6 months in jail. If you do not have proper legal counsel, the offender has no other choice but to concede to driving with a suspended license and entering a guilty plea. Getting assistance from a qualified criminal defense attorney will help reduce the charges.
Driving around with a suspended license in Arizona may result in your vehicle getting impounded. These consequences are outlined under Arizona Revised Statute 28-3511 which provides the police officer right to remove, impound or immobilize your vehicle if you are found driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Arizona.
Getting the charges dismissed
If your driver’s license was suspended as a result of unpaid civil penalties, you may have the option to have the charges against you dismissed. Get in touch with a criminal defense attorney who will be able to present evidence that your driving privileges have been reinstated. Do not attempt to handle the issue on your own. If the license suspension was caused as a result of a traffic violation or due to unpaid fees, getting your license reinstated will be a challenge. Getting legal representation will ensure that your rights and interests are protected at all times.