Driving on a suspended driver license (DWLS) is a common criminal charge in Arizona's court system.
Description and Penalties
In Arizona, a driver's license might be suspended for any of the reasons below, which include specific driving violations and violations of other state laws:
Excessive Moving Violations - A point system is used in the state of Arizona. Your license will be suspended if you accrue eight (8) or more points in a twelve-month period.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - First, a refusal to take a Breathalyzer test is an automatic suspension. Any guilty charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will result in a suspension, whose length depends on the severity of the violation and if you are a first-time or repeat offender.
Driving with a Suspended License or No License - Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increased suspension of your license and could result in up to five years of prison time. Driving without having your license on you can also result in a suspension.
Driving without Insurance - In Arizona, all motor vehicles must provide valid proof auto insurance. Failure to do so can result in a suspended license.
Other Driving-Related Violations - Reckless driving, fault in a fatal accident, abandoning a vehicle on a public highway or using a driver's license illegally are all reasons for suspension.
Physical or Psychological Disqualification - The MVD Division Chief Administrator can order a re-examination for any person he/she sees unfit to drive.
Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension - failure to respond to Motor Vehicle Commission notices, failure to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges and not paying child support are all situations that could lead to suspension.
What To Do
If you are facing suspension or revocation of your driver's license, it is wise to consult an attorney to negotiate a way to keep your license or reduce the duration of the suspension.
What an attorney can do
Some attorneys will incorrectly recommend to plead to a "withhold and small fine" because it is a quick result and profitable for the attorney. However, the plea counts as a conviction and could cause increased troubles if you have prior or future traffic violations, especially if arrested for DWLS a subsequent time.
We will review your driving records and evidence behind the charges, inform you of your rights and help you develop a strategy resulting in ideally a dismissal or reduced charges.
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