I got arrested for DUI. Why did the police take my license?

by Aaron Black • June 19, 2012
If you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona, your DUI case will rank into two distinct cases. The first case will be the criminal DUI case in court. This is the part of the case where you are looking at jail, fines, and the ignition interlock.

In Arizona, you may be charged with DUI under the following conditions

  • If the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving a vehicle or in actual physical control of a vehicle and impaired to the slightest degree, you can be charged.
     
  • If the government can prove, your Blood Alcohol Concentration was a .08% or more within two hours of driving you can be charged. The second part of your case will be the MVD (Motor Vehicle Department) suspension. If your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is over a .08 your license will be suspended for 90 days. You can contest this, however, if you win the suspension, and you are later convicted of DUI, SR22 insurance becomes mandatory, and your license will still be suspended.

What is SR-22 Insurance?

SR-22 insurance which is sometimes referred as a certificate of insurance or a financial responsibility filing is simply a high-risk insurance policy required by law if you have been convicted of a DUI/DWI in Maricopa County
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The SR-22 may be required regardless of whether you own a vehicle or not and it is typically required for some years after your conviction. If you fail to pay the premiums, the insurance company will contact the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), and the SR-22 will be canceled. From that point on an SR-26 will be filed with the DMV. An SR-26 form is filed when the insurance policy has been canceled due to the failure of payment and will lead to your driving privileges being revoked.

SR-22 insurance is just one of the expenses that you will incur if you have been convicted of an extreme DUI.

If you have been charged with DUI, Phoenix DUI Lawyer Aaron Black will navigate you through both your criminal case and MVD case. Aaron is a 2012 Super Lawyer Rising Star in Criminal DUI Defense (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Arizona and New Mexico). He is rated 10.0 Superb Lawyer on AVVO.com, and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Lawyer (the highest level of professional excellence).

If you have been arrested for a DUI and your license was taken by the police, immediately ask for a lawyer and call the Law office of Aaron Black at 480-729-1683.

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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