Top Reasons for Driver’s License Suspension in Arizona

Losing your driver’s license in Arizona can have a significant impact on your ability to get to work as well as your chances for running errands or spending time with friends and family. Suddenly losing the right to drive can be a difficult adjustment as many people don’t realize how much they rely on driving on a daily basis. That being said, the legal right to drive is a privilege, and it’s one that can be revoked if you are not careful.

Read on to learn more about common reasons why your driver’s license might be revoked. If your license has already been revoked, you should meet with a Mesa criminal defense attorney to learn more about your options and determine when you may be eligible to drive again.

Serious Offenses Both Driving and Non-Driving Related

Any kind of serious violation could lead to immediate suspension of your driving license. Examples include charges of driving under the influence, fleeing from an accident, being found at fault in a fatal accident, not appearing in court, or leaving your abandoned vehicle on the roadway.

Driving With a Revoked or Suspended License

If you are pulled over for any infraction, and it’s revealed that you were driving on a suspended or revoked license, you could be facing an extension on the suspension period and even jail time. Don’t hesitate to get advice from a Mesa criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of driving without an active license.

Driving Without Insurance

It is required that you maintain an active insurance policy on your vehicle when driving it. Not having insurance for your car, or failing to provide proof of it, could lead to your license getting suspended. Even though this is one of the most common ways your license might get suspended, it’s easily preventable. Make sure you pay attention to any notices from your insurer that your policy is being canceled for any reason. You need to update payment information as soon as possible and ensure that your policy is active at all times. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is just a minor infraction- because if you do get your license suspended and you choose to drive anyways, you could be facing even more serious consequences.

Excess Points on Your License

The state of Arizona uses a point system to track individuals who have receive driving infractions. Drivers accumulate points on their license for each moving violation they commit. If you receive too many points, such as anything beyond 8 in a one-year period, you could have your license suspended. If you notice that your points are racking up and that you are getting near the limit, it’s a good idea to watch your driving behavior and avoid getting in trouble.

If you are facing a lost or suspended license because of the points you have accumulated on your license, you need legal advice sooner rather than later. Reach out to a Mesa criminal defense lawyer to determine if there is any way to avoid or reduce the penalties.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please feel free to contact Mesa Criminal Attorney, Garrett L. Smith at 480-540-6021, log on to, or contact an attorney in your area.