I was arrested for DUI in Phoenix and the cop took my license. When can I get my license back?

by Aaron Black • February 21, 2012
If this is your first DUI in Phoenix, Arizona you are going to be without a license for a little bit. You now must drive on the yellow slip of paper. The suspension begins 15 days from the date of your arrest. It is a 90 day suspension.

After 30 days of the suspension you can get to and from work/school permit for the remaining 60 days (This is when you can get your license back). 

After the complete 90 days are over you will be able to drive anywhere you want. However, if you are subsequently convicted of DUI you will be driving with the ignition interlock.

Admin Per Se/Implied Consent

This is called Admin Per Se/Implied Consent (ARS 28-1385). If you consented to the chemical test to determine your BAC (Blood alcohol content) your license will go into suspension 15 days after the date of your arrest. If however you refused the chemical test your license will be suspended 1 year after the date of your arrest. You have a right to a hearing in court on the license suspension. A timely request for a hearing will stay the suspension.

Motor Vehicle Department Hearing

The MVD (Motor Vehicle Department) hearing on the license suspension is an excellent discovery tool for your DUI case. At the hearing, the arresting police officer must appear and it will be your first opportunity to get the officer's "story" under oath. Inconsistencies between the officer's MVD testimony, interview testimony, and DUI trial testimony will create a valuable impeachment tool. The Admin Per Se / Implied Consent hearing often occurs months before your DUI trial.

If you have been arrested for DUI, your license is just one of the many issues. You also need to worry about jail and fines and the IID (Ignition Interlock Device.)

Experienced legal counsel who will fight for your rights

Aaron will file the necessary paperwork to protect your rights to drive. At the MVD hearing the state will call professional witnesses who are trying to take away your right to drive so I do not recommend that you do this alone.

With Phoenix DUI Lawyer Aaron Black you will be represented by experienced counsel who will fight for you!

Contact Phoenix DUI Lawyer 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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