Driving is one of the most important and necessary activities of your day. Without the ability to drive, commuting to work and fulfilling responsibilities and family obligations can be exceedingly difficult. The concern over driving mainly arises when one’s license is suspended.
There are many reasons that your license may be suspended. Most commonly, a license can be suspended for an alcohol-related offense, failing to appear at court or pay the fine of a civil ticket, or the accumulation of points related to driving violations. In Arizona, driving with a suspended license is a serious offense that can result in significant legal consequences, and the need for a Phoenix traffic attorney.
Class One Misdemeanor
According to Arizona Revised Statute 28-3473, a person knowingly operating a motor vehicle on a public highway with a license that is suspended, revoked, or cancelled may be subject to a class one misdemeanor. While a first time offense of driving with a suspended license does not necessarily lead to a fine or jail time, certain circumstances can subject you to the consequences of the misdemeanor. A class one misdemeanor can lead to a potential fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail. Before conceding to driving with a suspended license and entering a “guilty” plea, it is in your best interest to consult an attorney. Legal counsel will be able to discuss with you your options and also construct a defense strategy that may help mitigate or revoke your charges.
Another consequence of driving with a suspended license is that you may have your vehicle impounded. Under Arizona Revised Statute 28-3511, an officer has the right to remove, immobilize, or impound your vehicle if your license is suspended or revoked for any reason.
Suspension Resulting From Unpaid Civil Penalties
In the case that your suspension results from unpaid civil penalties, the charges against you may be dismissed. To have the charges dismissed, you must present evidence that your driving privileges have been reinstated. Whether your suspended license arises out of unpaid fees or traffic violations, handling this issue on your own is a challenge. Legal representation can help you navigate through this difficult issue and ensure that your best interests are protected.
At Tyler Allen Law Firm, our attorneys have handled thousands of traffic issues and have the knowledge and experience to provide clients with high-quality legal services. Contact a Phoenix traffic lawyer today to get the representation that you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation with .