What Happens if You Get Caught Driving with a Permit By Yourself in Arizona?
One of the first rules new drivers in Arizona learn is that you can only drive with a learner’s permit when a licensed driver over the age of 21 is with you. We get it—having a learner’s permit feels like being so close to freedom, yet so far. Still, rules are rules.
Rules like this are in place to ensure the safety of you and everyone else on the road. So, what happens if you get caught driving with a permit by yourself in Arizona? In this easy-to-read article, the skilled personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Zayed Al-Sayyed are answering that very question.
Driving Without a License in Arizona
Oftentimes, the term “driving without a license” is attributed to individuals who own a driver’s license, but simply forgot it at home. However, this term also applies to you if you’re driving with a learner’s permit by yourself in Arizona. It also holds a more severe penalty for you, as opposed to those who own a license but left it at home.
If you have a license but simply didn’t have it on your person at the time of getting pulled over, there’s typically a small fine and a court date to prove to the judge that you are a licensed driver. On the other hand, if you have not yet been issued a driver’s license by the Arizona MVD, then the charge is considered a class 2 misdemeanor.
Consequences of Driving Without a License in Arizona
A quick ride to the store with only a learner’s permit may seem like an innocent enough offense, but the weight of a class 2 misdemeanor is heavier than many people realize. The potential consequences of being caught driving with a permit by yourself in Arizona include:
- Up to 4 months in jail
- Up to 2 years of probation
- As much as $750 in fines
- Community service
The Importance of Driving with a Licensed Driver
If you’re a teenager with a brand new learner’s permit, having to ride with a 21-year-old may feel a lot like you’ve got a babysitter riding shotgun. The reality is that driving with a licensed driver in the car is an integral part of learning how to drive.
They are there to coach you through proper driving practices, highlight any errors for correction, and help you ultimately become a better driver. In the event of a mishap, this accompanying driver should be prepared to intervene and take control of the vehicle to avoid a potential accident.
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