What is Going to Happen to My Driver's License if I Have Been Charged With a DUI in Arizona?

by Aaron Black • December 22, 2011
The first thing you must know is that the DUI charge and the License Suspension (MVD) are two different proceedings. The DUI is criminal and the MVD is civil. What this means is that your DUI can be dismissed and MVD will still suspend your license.

1st Time Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (under .15 BAC)

  • Minimum jail 10 days jail, but 9 may be suspended
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines
$250 Fine
$210 Surcharge
$500 Prison Fund 
$500 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 90 day License Suspension
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • Possible community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock (6 months beginning January 1, 2012)

2nd Time Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence Above a .08 BAC (but less than .15)

  • New DUI charge must be within 84 months of the date of 1st DUI conviction.
  • Minimum jail - 90 days jail, but 60 may be suspended if successfully complete alcohol classes.
  • Maximum Jail – 6 months
  • Fines
$500 Fine
$420 Surcharge
$1250 Prison Fund 
$1250 Public Safety Equip. Fund
$20 Time Pay Fee
$20 Probation Fee
  • 1-year license revocation (no driving at all)
  • Possible Probation up to 5 years
  • Alcohol / Drug Screening & Classes
  • 30+ hours community service
  • Pay for jail incarceration
  • Possible monthly probation fees
  • Possible SR22 insurance
  • 1-year Ignition interlock

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

If you have been charged with a DUI, the police officer probably gave you a yellow and pink form that says ADMIN PER SE/IMPLIED CONSENT. This paper is your license. 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 cannot drive. Then, if you complete the MVD alcohol screening you will be able to drive to and from work/school for the remaining 60 days.

An attorney can be extremely helpful at this juncture because motions can be filed to request a hearing with MVD. Requesting a hearing will put your suspension on hold and allow you to pick an easier time to start your suspension. Also, there may be an issue in your case which would void your suspension. Have an attorney review your case.

If you have already 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 you are convicted of. Contact a DUI attorney Aaron Black to learn more or call to set up a free consultation or call 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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