Driving on a Suspended License in Arizona

If you are stopped by law enforcement for driving on a suspended license in Arizona, you could very well be looking at some very serious penalties. Driving on a suspended license in Arizona is a class 1 misdemeanor, the highest-level criminal misdemeanor charge in Arizona. In addition, an individual charged with driving on a suspended license will usually have their vehicle impounded. This is a result of Arizona law requires that law enforcement have a person’s vehicle towed if they are stopped after driving on a suspended license. This penalty is in addition to others associated with a class 1 misdemeanor.

Were You Charged with Driving on A Suspended License in Arizona?

If you have been charged with Driving on a suspended license, you need to be represented by an experienced Arizona traffic court defense lawyer. Having experienced counsel during this critical period is essential. Rosenstein Law Group Arizona criminal attorneys have represented thousands of clients charged with Driver’s License Violations in cities and courts throughout the state of Arizona. Call Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 248-7666 to schedule your free consultation today!

Arizona Law and License Suspension

Arizona law requires that a person “knew or should have known” that their license was suspended for them to be guilty of the crime. This wording offers room for a defense that generally is not available in other areas of law. Most people would think that they would probably know it if their license was suspended, but you would be surprised. All too often, our office encounters individuals who were cited for driving on a suspended license. Still, due to the non-communicative nature of the Arizona Department of Transportation, they never were notified that their license was suspended.

Common Reasons for License Suspension in Arizona

It is a scary thought to know that an agency could pull you license, and you wouldn’t even know it—thereby subjecting you to criminal charges. This is why it is important to understand some of the common ways a person winds up with having their license suspended. Some of the ways that our office sees often are:

  • Following a DUI conviction,
  • Following a no proof of insurance conviction,
  • Failure to pay a fine associated with a civil traffic violation,
  • Failure to appear at a required court hearing.

Common Reasons for License Revocation in Arizona

License suspensions are of a temporary nature and following the expiration of the term of suspension, the individual whose license was suspended automatically reinstates. However, this is not the case with license revocations. License revocations are more permanent in nature and require a person to submit a reinstatement packet to get their driver’s license back once they are eligible. Some of the more common causes of a license revocation are:

  • Aggravated DUI,
  • Second reckless driving conviction within 2 years,
  • Second DUI conviction within 7 years

While we have listed the more common cases that lead to license suspensions and revocations in Arizona, there are many other possibilities that can lead to a license suspension. If you find yourself charged with driving on a suspended license, call the Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 248-7666 for a free consultation on how best to approach your specific situation.

What to do if you Find Yourself Facing Arizona Criminal Traffic Charges

As you can see, criminal traffic violations in Arizona can be serious and come with harsh penalties including hefty fines, license suspensions, license revocation, vehicle impoundment and even jail or probation time. That being said, the crime that you are charged with is not necessarily the crime that you will be convicted of. At the Rosenstein Law Group, we are a dedicated team that will do everything in our power to achieve the best outcome for you and your case. We live on our reputation and our reputation depends on how we treat you and your case. Give us a call at (480) 248-7666 for a free consultation.

We serve clients throughout Arizona, including, but not limited to, those in the following cities: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Tucson, Peoria, Surprise and Flagstaff


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