DUI is classified as a criminal offense in the state of Arizona. Many people do not realize that DUI qualifies as a crime and results in a criminal record for life. There is no “expungement” in Arizona. If you are convicted of DUI, you face jail time, mandatory fines and possibly probation. You may be required to report a conviction when you apply for a job, a home mortgage, other loans, or to a college or university. Having a DUI on your record can hurt your ability to advance in your career and could limit your future options.
Will I Lose My Driver’s License?
If you are pulled over for driving under the influence, there are a number of ways you could lose your driver’s license. First, it will be suspended if you are convicted of a DUI. It may be suspended for 1 year if you are arrested for a DUI and refuse a breath, blood and/or urine test.
Even if you are not convicted of a DUI, you could still lose your license if you do not request a hearing with the Motor Vehicle Division within 15 days of your arrest. Therefore it is important to consult with a qualified Arizona DUI attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your driving privileges are protected.
For many people, the loss of driving privileges is often the most damaging penalty in a DUI case.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Arizona, it may feel like your conviction is inevitable and there is little chance to defend your case. But rest assured, there are many approaches to fighting a DUI charge. And we are experts in them. Whatever the circumstances of your arrest, AWD LAW® has the attorneys and staff with to help.
Traffic violations are common among Arizona’s drivers, and many people are unaware of their right to contest the citation or negotiate the punishment. Whether you’ve received a civil speeding ticket or a criminal charge, the consequences can be severe. Any traffic violation may lead to increased insurance rates in addition to the criminal or civil fines.
The AWD LAW® team will offer an aggressive defense to ensure that you receive the least severe sentence possible. We fight for the best outcome possible which may include reduced charges or, in some cases, complete dismissal.
Arizona MVD Penalties
Below is information from the Arizona Department of Transportation on the possible point penalties and offenses for which they may suspend or revoke your license.
- DUI – 8 points
- Extreme DUI – 8 points
- Reckless Driving – 8 points
- Aggressive Driving– 8 points
- Leaving the scene of accident, hit-and-run – 6 points
- Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield, causing death – 6 points
- Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign, or to yield, causing serious injury – 4 points
- Speeding – 3 points
- Driving over or parking in a gore area – 3 points
- All other moving violations – 2 points
- You have been convicted of frequent, serious offenses
- You have been convicted of reckless driving
- You are have been deemed “medically unsafe” to drive
- You have used or allowed another to use your license unlawfully or fraudulently
- You have been convicted of a DUI/DWI
- You have refused to take a or failed a breathalyzer or blood test
- You are under 21 and have been convicted of possessing or consuming alcohol or illegal drugs
- You have a warrant from another state
- Any other offense with a mandatory punishment of license suspension revocation
We are Northern Arizona’s DUI/DWI and Criminal Defense lawyers. Contact attorney Wendy Edwards at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478. After hours please call 928-380-2162.