I have been charged with a DUI in Phoenix, will I lose my Driver's License?

by Aaron Black • February 22, 2016
If you have been charged with a DUI in Phoenix the police officer probably gave you a yellow and pink form that says Admin Per Se/Implied Consent.  Arizona’s Implied Consent law states that if you arrested lawfully by an officer who has grounds to believe that you have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then you automatically consent to taking a breath, urine or blood test to determine your blood alcohol (BAC.) This paper will temporarily act as your license.

Your license will be suspended for 90 days. If you do not act, the 90 day suspension will begin 15 days after you received it. For the first 30 days of the 90 day suspension you will not be allowed to drive at all. If you complete the MVD (Motor Vehicle Department) alcohol screening you will be allowed to drive only to and from work or school for the remaining 60 day suspension.

One of the first things you need to know is that a DUI (Driving Under the influence) charge and the License Suspension (MVD) in Phoenix are two different proceedings. A DUI charge is considered criminal and the MVD (Motor Vehicle Department) is deemed civil. What can also happen is the dismissal of your DUI however, the Motor Vehicle Department may still suspend your license.

So, what is going to happen to your license if you have been charged with DUI?

If you have been charged with a DUI, I strongly recommend legal representation regardless of who you choose. Motions can be filed by an attorney to request a hearing with MVD. By requesting a hearing your suspension will be put on hold which allows you to pick a planned time to start your suspension. Also, there could be an issue in your case which could possibly void your suspension entirely which is another reason that you should seek a Phoenix DUI Lawyer

Also, if you have previously been convicted of DUI there will be additional restrictions placed on your license and there may be an added suspension based on the type of DUI that you are convicted of.

If you are facing DUI charges in Phoenix, Arizona, or you have questions about the charges against you, contact Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney Aaron Black or call (480)729-1683 for a free consultation.

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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