Drunk driving charges should never be taken lightly. These are serious offenses that can have a major effect on your immediate future as well as your life down the line. This is why it’s so important that you get a skilled DUI attorney on your side if you are facing a charge. We will work to ensure that your civil liberties were respected and will fight to reduce penalties within reason.
One especially serious possibility that you may face is drunk driving with a suspended license or while without a license. Let’s look into this matter right now, starting with the issue of driving without a license.
Driving without a license, whether your license is suspended or you simply do not have one, should not be taken lightly. Authorities differentiate between rights and privileges, and driving is a privilege that requires proper licensing.
If you are caught driving without a license — independent of a DUI/DWI, mind you — you will be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor. The maximum penalties for a Class 1 Misdemeanor are a $2,500 fine and 6 months in jail. First offenders will likely not face any jail time, though this will be up to the judge.
Driving without a license is already a serious offense. When you are busted for a DUI or DWI as well, the penalties of both these charges become more severe. This is known as an aggravated DUI, and it’s important to have a drunk driving defense team on your side if you face such charges. Without skilled legal help, you may not be able to negotiate the many hoops of the legal system, nor will you have the proper understanding of all of your legal rights.
In essence, aggravated DUI refers to a DUI charge in which a person is also committing another criminal offense, such as driving with a suspended license or driving without a license.
The penalties for such charges are very severe, in some cases involving mandatory prison time. It’s important that you speak with DUI defense lawyers if you are facing such serious charges.
Our lawyers have years of experience helping people in a court of law when it comes to drunk driving charges. We will look into all of the particulars of your case to ensure that the circumstances of your traffic stop and/or arrest were sound. We will also look into the motive for your stop to see if there was reasonable cause for you to be pulled over. We will also strive to reduce your charges and provide you with counsel and advice for the repercussions of your penalties.
Our goal is to help you and to make sure that our legal system operates justly and fairly for everyone.
If you would like to learn more about DUI defense and what our legal team can do to help you in your time of need, be sure to contact our Tempe and Phoenix DUI law firm today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you receive a fair shake from the law.