In Aug. 2016, I was cited with driving over the speed limit and expired registration. I paid my fines, and had to go overseas to help with my father who had 2 strokes. During that time, I took my defensive driving course, and when I returned in late December I had started looking for a new job. In this time is when I got a call from a job regarding my background check coming up with a suspended license. So I did what anyone would, & went to the court, asked about my license and then went to the MVD. Both said my license was clear, I even paid for a motor vehicle record which showed nothing to my understanding & even the clerk at the MVD said nothing is wrong w/ my license. Fast forward to March, I got pulled over for yielding at a stop sign, and then it became an arrest for a suspended license, I told the officer I have proof that my license is valid, have valid insurance, and everything! Still, he arrested me. I honestly did not know my license was suspended due to the fact that I went to the MVD and court to get proof of validity. So, I called the MVD right after I was released to be told that While I was overseas, they suspended my license for not paying the $35 reinstatement
If you got stopped during the suspension, you have a charge. Consult with a local traffic criminal attorney to get things in order once and for all - an to limit your consequences.
This is not a DUI question. I will forward to traffic.
If you got arrested you were charged. Look at the ticket that was given to you, it should have your court date and location on it. Unfortunately, a lot of Arizona drivers get driving on suspended license tickets for not paying the reinstatement fee. If you were never actually sent a notice of the suspension of your license it could be a defense, but if the MVD mailed the notice to the address that they have on file for you it will not be a defense. You should go to the MVD an pay the reinstatement fee. Also check the ticket to make sure you haven't missed your court date, the last thing you need is a warrant for failure to appear on top of everything else. If you plead guilty you should get a reduced fine from the prosecutor if your license is reinstated, however it is a Class 1 Misdemeanor which will be on your record. You can also consult with a private criminal defense attorney for help. Good luck.
If the suspended license charge is only for an unpaid ticket, the law allows for a judge and/or prosecutor to dismiss it if you get your license back. They aren't required to, but from what you describe, you have some good mitigating circumstances, so hopefully it will be dismissed once you get your license back and go to court.
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