DUI License Suspension in Arizona
Protect Your Driving Privileges in Phoenix, AZ
A DUI arrest and conviction can have an impact that goes beyond the courtroom.
It affects nearly every aspect of a person's life, from how he or
she gets to work to how they are viewed by friends and family. In many
ways, being arrested for driving under the influence can seriously threaten
one's freedom or future. If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI
in Phoenix, you should know that you must act quickly to protect your
You only have 15 days to request a hearing!
At Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., we look at the whole picture and not just
your charges. We take a broad approach to criminal defense. In
DUI cases, we represent people throughout Arizona who need legal counsel regarding
driver's license suspension. As experienced criminal defense attorneys
and former prosecutors, we have the in-depth knowledge necessary to protect
your rights. Contact our firm immediately so that we can get started on
your defense – you have no time to waste.
How Long Will the License Suspension Last?
After a DUI stop, your driver's license could be suspended for one
of two reasons: your blood alcohol content exceeds the legal limit of
.08% or you
refuse to submit to chemical testing (blood, breath or urine). Both situations would trigger an automatic license
suspension in Arizona, but the periods of suspension will vary based on
the following factors.
Refusing to submit to a breath, blood or urine test:
First offense: one-year driver’s license suspension
Second offense: two-year driver’s license suspension
Third offense: two-year driver’s license suspension
Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater:
First offense: 90-day license suspension
Second offense: one-year license suspension
Third offense: three-year license suspension
Can the Police Take My License During a DUI Arrest?
If you are pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence
in Arizona, and a law enforcement officer has reasonable cause to believe
that you are guilty of drunk driving, they would have the right to confiscate
your license on the spot.
Your license would be subject to an automatic 90-day suspension, even though you have not been convicted. The government sees driving
as a privilege, not a right. This means that they can take this privilege
away as they see fit.
Fighting to Restore Your Driving Privileges
Was your license confiscated during a DUI arrest? You are not without options.
After your license has been seized, you have 15 days to contest the suspension
by scheduling a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) of the Arizona
Department of Transportation. This would open a civil case, which is separate
from your criminal trial. At this hearing, your Phoenix DUI attorney would
need to establish that some legal insufficiency or rights violation has
rendered the suspension invalid.
Some of the issues that could be raised at your MVD hearing include:
- Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) did not exceed .08%
- The law enforcement officer did not have probable cause to stop you
- You did not actually refuse to submit to a breath or blood test
- You were not informed that a refusal would have consequences
Contact Our Firm 24/7 for Your Free Consultation
If your driver's license has been suspended, it is important to act
quickly and seek a lawyer's advice before you get into trouble for
driving without a license. There are many actions that can be taken to help correct the situation.
Depending on why the suspension happened, our law firm can find the best
resolution to the problem. With the assistance of a skilled legal representative
from Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C., your interests can be protected no matter
how serious the situation.
Our Phoenix DUI lawyers at Suzuki Law Offices, L.L.C. defend clients in
criminal proceedings and driver's license administrative hearings.
Contact us today to request a free case evaluation – we take calls 24/7!