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Hi, I have been issued with Civil traffic tickets (Driving Without License and Expired Registration). What should I do? Currently, I have Philippine driver's license but was not able to check that is already expired. Can I just settle it without attending court hearing? I'm planning to get US license this week and renew my registration. BTW, I am in AZ (Chandler Court, Maricopa County).
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Hi. Good evening.
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I am sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation.
Were this tickets issued to you in Arizona?
actually just earlier
How long have you been living in the US?
I come and go
but total of 2 years and 8 months
my last entry was march 31
Please give me a minute to look up some information for you
Do you have a copy of your citation in front of you?
what do you want to know?
Can you tell me the exact statute number you are accused of violating?
is that the section #
ARS 28-3151A, 28-2153A, 28-4135A
Was your vehicle impounded?
That is good news, as police could have impounded your vehicle for 30 days.
but i have an insurance, it's just that the one i have in the car was the old one. but the insurance is still valid.
The car would be impounded because of the unlicensed driving violation.
Unfortunately, you could not drive on your foreign license, if you have been in the US for more than 30 days and required to obtain a US driver license.
yes, actually i started applying. when i took the exam i failed so i'm scheduled to take the 2nd time
Well, unfortunately your could be fined and your license can be suspended for the unlicensed driving charge.
Which would mean that you would apply for a US license however it would remain suspended for the period of time ordered by the judge.
There is no way to avoid dealing with these 3 tickets.
so i should attend the court hearing? or can i just pay the fine?
So the best way to do for you, is to hire an experienced local traffic defense attorney and this attorney might be able to get this violations reduced to a lower offense and to help you avoid a driver license suspension.
It is never a good idea to simply pay fines, as if you plead guilty and pay fines, your license could be suspended and also points would be assessed against your driver license, causing increase in your insurance premium.
how long will the suspension be?
If you do have valid insurance coverage, than you would need to provide proof of insurance to the judge and it is likely the driving without insurance ticket would get dismissed.
It can be for up to 12 months.
i mean if i can just plead guilty and avoid court hearing?
is that possible?
if you do, you could be subject to your driver license suspension and also points.
It is up to you.
But the best course of action is to consult and retain local traffic defense attorney to help you resolve these citations.
Are you still driving your vehicle?
because i read in the official website of Chandler court that i can call them earlier and arrange for early settlement
You can try to negotiate some type of plea with the prosecutor on your own, but I would not do it without a local attorney.
But it is up to you.
I could only provide you with the correct information.
The choice as far as what to do is entirely yours.
Alright then. Thanks for your help.
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