The State or Arizona treats driving as a privilege. Consequently, your license to drive an automobile can be suspended or revoked for a number of reasons. Given the lack of public transportation to the far ends of the East and West Valley as well as the size of the Phoenix metropolitan area, a suspended drivers license can be a significant hardship.
Why Your Arizona Drivers License May Be Suspended
There are many reasons why you may receive a suspension or revocation notice from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. On most occasions a license suspension is initiated by a court which notifies MVD that you have failed to pay a fine after receiving a traffic citation.
Other reasons your license may be suspended include:
- Refusing to take a breath or blood test after being arrested for DUI
- Having an alcohol concentration above .08% after being arrested for DUI
- Being convicted of a misdemeanor DUI or felony, Aggravated DUI
- Committing a crime involving a motor vehicle such as endangerment, aggravated assault or motor vehicle theft
- Failing to install an ignition interlock device following a DUI conviction
Misdemeanor DUI convictions usually result in a suspension between 90 days and one year depending upon whether it is a first or second offense. Crimes involving a motor vehicle can result in a one year revocation while an Aggravated DUI could cause your license to be suspended for three years.
How to Reinstate Your Arizona Drivers License
Whether the suspension or revocation of your drivers license results from a DUI or crime involving an automobile, there are specific steps you must take to reinstate your driving privileges. These include:
1. Waiting for the Suspension Period to Expire - You cannot reinstate your driving privileges until the suspension period has ended
2. Applying for Reinstatement of Your Driving Privileges - In situations where your license has been revoked, you are usually required to complete a reinstatement packet before being able to drive. The information required to be submitted includes whether court obligations have been satisfied. You may also be required to undergo a substance abuse evaluation.
3. Paying Required License Reinstatement Fees
4. Installing an Ignition Interlock Device if Convicted of DUI
5. Completing Required Alcohol Screening
Call (480) 833-8613 for Immediate Help Regarding Your Drivers License
In a majority of cases, a drivers license suspension will result from a DUI arrest or conviction. Consequently, if you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona, it's very important to contact an experienced and qualified DUI lawyer who can potentially help you avoid a drivers license suspension or reinstate your driving privileges.
Undoubtedly, a DUI can result in very severe penalties. If you are charged with DUI in any city within the greater Phoenix area, you should immediately consult with an experienced DUI lawyer for assistance. Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your drivers license and achieve the best possible outcome for you.