I’ve been charged with a DUI in Phoenix, when will I get my license back?

by Aaron Black • April 11, 2016
If you have been charged with a DUI in Phoenix, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division will suspend your driver’s license right on the spot regardless of any criminal findings. The penalties will of course depend on what type of DUI you are convicted of.

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.
If this is your first DUI you are going to be without a license for a little while and you must drive on the yellow slip of paper. Your license will be will be suspended for 90 days and the suspension begins 15 days from the date of your arrest.

After 30 days of the suspension has passed you will be allowed to get a restricted permit that allows you to only drive to and from work/school for the remaining 60 days. At that time you can get your license back. 

After the complete 90 days are over you will be able to drive wherever you wish with no restrictions however, if you are subsequently convicted of DUI you will be driving with the ignition interlock.

An ignition interlock device is installed on your car to deter drinking and driving. Before the vehicle can be started you must deliver a breath sample into the device. If you refuse to provide a breath sample or the sample exceeds a set blood alcohol level the IID (Ignition Interlock Device) device will log the event, warn you that you must provide a breath sample or let you know that you’ve exceeded the set blood alcohol level and then an alarm will start until the ignition is either turned off or a clean breath sample is provided.

If you have been arrested for DUI, your license is just one of the many issues that you will face as Phoenix are some of the harshest in the country. Depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and criminal history, jail time can range from 1 day to 6 months for misdemeanors and up to 15 years for a felony and there will be numerous fines.

Contact Phoenix DUI Lawyer Aaron Black or call 480-729-1683 for a free telephonic 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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