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

I have spent my entire career focused on DUI Defense representation, having personally defended more than 4,100+ DUI clients in the past 18+ years.

If you’re looking for a divorce attorney, tax attorney, or civil attorney, then I can comfortably say: "I’m not the one for you".

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.

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What I offer is intelligent, quality DUI Defense, at an exceptional price.

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

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

I am one of the most award-winning DUI Defense Lawyers in Arizona; have been recognized nationally, including in a 2022 issue of USA Today; and there are only a few lawyers in Arizona who have personally defended more DUI cases than I have. I am also one of the most reasonably-priced DUI Lawyers, as I pride myself on charging a Flat Rate only for the legal services you need, and not for the legal services you don’t.

I am also the lawyer who people call once they realize that their original lawyer screwed something up, gave them false hope or false promises, or simply just took their money and didn’t do much on the case. You would be surprised at how often this happens.

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