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Driving Without A Valid License In Arizona

Driving without a valid license in Arizona can get someone in trouble, depending on the circumstances of the situation. The following three different scenarios can occur when someone is caught driving without a valid license:

  • Firstly, if the driver holds a valid license, but didn’t have it with them at the time of the traffic stop, they can be charged with driving without a license. This refers to lack of proof, and usually leads to a traffic infraction in Arizona. The charge is dismissed once the person is able to prove that they possess a valid license. However, they may have to pay a small fine for the infraction.
  • Secondly, it could be the case where the driver never applied for a driver’s license, or their license was expired. According to the Arizona Revised Statutes § 28-3151, drivers are required to have a valid license in Arizona when driving a motor vehicle. The law is defined as follows: “Unless exempt pursuant to this chapter, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle or vehicle combination on a highway without a valid driver license and proper endorsement as prescribed by this chapter.”
  • Thirdly, it could refer to someone driving with a cancelled, revoked or suspended license. In such a case, the driver is found guilty of a Class 1 or a Class 2 misdemeanor. The driver may also face possible jail time. If the driver is arrested for a DUI while driving on a suspended license, they will be charged with a felony under A.R.S. § 28-1383. Moreover, a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Arizona carries a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and 6 months in jail.

Defending A Suspended License Charge In Arizona

When someone is charged with driving without a valid license, proving innocence can be difficult. Once the prosecutor or the District Attorney is able to allege that you drove without a valid license, then the burden of proof is on you as you have to prove that you did hold a valid driver’s license at the time of the incident. If you are not able to provide evidence, you lose and face the consequences.

Therefore, it is important for motorists to have a valid license in order to enjoy the privilege of driving on public roadways in Arizona or any other state. The license holder must know how to operate a vehicle and understand the rules of the road in order to stay out of trouble. If you drive without a valid license, you risk being ticketed or even arrested. It all depends on the situation and the circumstances.

If you have been stopped and charged with driving without a valid license in Arizona, it is important to get in touch with an experienced attorney who can provide advice and help reduce or remove the charges completely. Attorney Brian D. Sloan has several years of experience defending clients facing DUI charges and other traffic related offenses in Arizona. Call 480-900-0384 or 602-900-0384 for a Free Initial Consultation to discuss your case.

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Why DUI Attorney Brian Douglas Sloan?


19+ Years SOLELY Focused on DUI Defense


4,200+ DUIs Successfully Defended

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  • Only DUI "Power Lawyer" in the Nation Featured in USA Today, 2022

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“I am one of only a handful of Phoenix DUI Lawyers that focuses solely on DUI Defense representation.”

I have spent my entire career SOLELY focused on Arizona DUI Defense Representation, having personally defended more than 4,400 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) clients in the past 19+ years.

If you’re looking for a Divorce Attorney, Tax Attorney, Civil Attorney, etc., I can comfortably say, "I’m not the one for you." I ONLY defend DUI cases in most of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Coming up with traditional, as well as outside-the-box motions and defenses for my clients, often with good results, is the hallmark of my practice.

Lawyers that say they are "aggressive" or "will fight for you" are a dime a dozen. They use these phrases because it is a proven advertising phrase. Being "aggressive" isn’t the same as being good, and is often used to put on a show to hide the fact that they aren’t doing anything meaningful for the client.

The same is true for the Lawyers claiming to do DUI Defense, and Criminal Cases, and Accident Cases, and Divorces, etc. A Jack-of-all-Trades is a master of none! By handling all sorts of cases, they take away from their ability to truly focus on DUIs, and keep up-to-date on the latest changes in DUI Defense Representation.

What I offer is intelligent, quality DUI Defense at an exceptional price. Unlike many other law firms, if you hire The Law Offices of Brian D. Sloan, you actually get me representing you, doing all the work, and working the case. You aren’t hiring one guy with all the experience, but getting the underling with very little knowledge or experience.

I work seven days a week on my client’s cases, and spend hours laying all my thoughts out for my clients in writing, so they can understand their options, and my recommendations. No other DUI Lawyer in the state does this. I try to do what I can to go above-and-beyond for my clients. I hate when the businesses I deal with nickel-and-dime me with hidden costs, and I take pride in not doing that to my clients.

I have not only taught other lawyers how to do DUI Defense Representation at statewide seminars, but I have produced DUI Legal Guides used by defense lawyers across Arizona.

I am one of Arizona's most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers, as well as being recognized nationally. I was the only DUI Defense Lawyer in the United States named a "Power Lawyer" in a 2022 issue of USA Today

There are no other private Lawyers in Arizona that have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. And as a bonus, I offer a very reasonable flat rate for my legal services, with a payment plan, and without any hidden charges. This guarantees that I offer some of the most competitive rates among all Arizona DUI Attorneys, while being a well-documented and preeminent leader in the field of DUI Defense Representation.

Over the years, countless people have come to me after discovering that their first lawyer made a mistake, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply took their money and didn't do much to advance their case. And you would be surprised at how often this happens.

So, instead of wasting time and money on the wrong DUI Defense Attorney, do yourself a favor and get the proven and well-recognized best DUI Lawyer in Phoenix and the surrounding areas of Maricopa County.

You can reach me on my personal cell phone at 480-720-7839 for a Free ‘In Depth’ Consultation.

I personally defend DUI cases in urban Maricopa County City, Town, and Justice Courts, including:

Ahwatukee / Agua Fria / Arcadia Biltmore / Avondale / Buckeye / Chandler / Country Meadows / Desert Ridge / Dreamy Draw / Downtown / East Mesa / El Centro / Encanto / Gilbert / Glendale / Goodyear / Guadalupe / Highland / Kyrene / Litchfield Park / Maryvale / McDowell Mountain / Mesa / Moon Valley / North Mesa / Peoria / Phoenix / Queen Creek / San Marcos / San Tan / South Mountain / Scottsdale / Tempe / University Lakes / West McDowell / West Mesa / White Tank

For any other Courts in the State of Arizona, including Felony cases, I would recommend my associates on The Arizona DUI Team, whom I work closely with, but I am not the one personally representing the client.

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