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
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.
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