Suspended Drivers License
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Driving in the State of Arizona is a privilege, and one that can be taken away for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for suspension of driving privileges include, failure to pay civil ticket fines, failure to appear in court, and DUI / alcohol related offenses. Most people rely on driving for commuting to work, school and to fulfill other personal and family obligations. While being unable to drive can create a significant hardship, driving with a suspended or a revoked license is a criminal violation. It may seem like a minor offense, but it can remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life. This can result in a negative impact on an individual, both personally and professionally. If you have been charged with driving on a suspended license, contact a Tempe DUI lawyer to discuss your rights and options in possibly alleviating a lengthy revocation of your license.
Mr. Buckallew has defended countless DUI cases in his nearly 20 years of practicing criminal law. He is familiar with the wide and complex array of issues inherent in DUI cases, including the arrest process, the administration of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests (including blood, breath and urine testing), case investigation procedures, witness deposition, preparing for and conducting a bench or jury trial, and the various penalties one can be faced with if convicted. He is also familiar with the significant consequences as a result of driving with a suspended license due to DUI, as well as helping mitigate the outcome in these types of case. If you are facing a driving on suspended license violation, contact the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC to discuss your legal options.
Driving on a Suspended License Penalties
Driving on a suspended license is a Class one misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail, $2,500 in fines (plus surcharges), 3 years’ probation and the possibility of vehicle impoundment. While a 1st offense driving on suspended license violation may not necessarily lead to jail time, it is advisable to consult with an attorney regarding the potential consequences and best course of action in defending against this type of criminal violation.
There are a number of defenses that can be successfully employed in a driving on suspended license case, with the possibility of one’s charges being reduced or dismissed. One possible defense would be that the driver was not ‘knowingly’ driving on a suspended driver’s license and the burden is on the State to prove that the driver had been notified of any license suspension. In addition to avoiding expensive fines and an increase in insurance costs, an aggressive suspended license defense can assist a person in being able to:
- Keep their record clean of any criminal convictions
- Reclaim their driving privileges as quickly as possible
An experienced lawyer can investigate your case and identify possible defense strategies to help avoid a lengthy suspension (or revocation) of your driving privileges.
Contact a Tempe DUI attorney if you have been arrested for driving with a suspended license and require legal assistance in your fight to maintain your driving privileges.