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Introducing Arizona's Newest Criminal Defendant…

It’s me! My alleged crime? I’m charged with committing a class 2 misdemeanor in violation of A.R.S. 28-3480. If you’re too lazy to click on the link, it’s the law against operating a motor vehicle in violation of a driver license restriction. The restriction? My license, which expires in 2046 and which I received prior to undergoing eye surgery that left me with better-than-20/20-vision, supposedly restricts me from driving without corrective lenses or glasses. I’m facing four months of jail, two years of probation, and $750 in fines plus an 84% surcharge. The officer involved? One I’ve interviewed before in relation to a case. Coincidence? Who knows! Sometimes I wonder about my decision to live and work in this Great State of Arizona…

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8 Responses to "Introducing Arizona's Newest Criminal Defendant…"

  1. Mar says:

    Hi Matt,

    I am in the process of going to court for the same charge with a few factors that make me feel as though I am being harrassed (1 being that i was hit by an officer riding a bicycle while i was in my vehicle). Do you by any chance know of any legal help besides legal aide that may take this case as there is no way i could afford a lawyer

  2. Matt says:

    Matt, I don’t know if you’re still following this thread, but would you mind updating us on the resolution of your case? My wife was just cited for the same infraction, though she has never needed corrective lenses to drive. She is unaware when the restriction was placed on her license. While she does wear corrective lenses, she does not need them to drive, never has.

    I’m interested to see how it panned out for you. Thanks

    1. Matt Brown says:

      The charges were ultimately dismissed. She should have someone look at the case and discuss her options with her. I do this exact type of thing for a living and didn’t hesitate for a second having another lawyer appear on my behalf. The comment below noting how “he who represents himself has a fool for a client” is spot on. I didn’t handle it myself, nor should anyone who has any skin in the game, no matter how awesome they think they are or how ridiculous the charges might seem.

  3. Lyle Jones says:

    I want to know why you were stopped, and if it was in Chandler or not.

  4. Matt Brown says:

    Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not going to mention anything else until it’s resolved.

  5. Mark Draughn says:

    They say that “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Does that apply to criminal defense lawyers charged with traffic misdemeanors? Are you going to handle it yourself?

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  7. Rob says:

    Your license doesn’t expire for 35 years? How the heck did you get that?

    I suppose they expect you to go back to the DMV and get re-examine by the bureaucrats if you have eye surgery. Anything to wring another buck from the suckers.

    What prompted the stop? Did you wear glasses when you interviewed the cop?

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