Pre-Adjudication License Consequences
Following a DUI arrest, the police will request that you submit to a breath or blood test and will read you “Admin Per Se/Implied Consent” warnings. As a driver under Arizona law, meaning you have an Arizona license or an out-of-state license, you acknowledge that it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are suspected of driving while impaired, you must give your consent to submit to a blood or breath test.
If your BAC result comes back at a .08 or greater, a .04 or greater if you have a commercial driver license, or the test indicates the presence of a certain drug, the Motor Vehicle Department will request a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license.
If you refuse to consent to the breath or blood test, the Motor Vehicle Department will request a one-year suspension of your driver’s license.
Your DUI attorney can request an Administrative Hearing on your behalf with the MVD to dispute these suspensions. These hearings are not automatic and are completely separate from any other court hearings you may have.
Post-Adjudication License Consequences
If you are convicted of a DUI, this can also impact your driver’s license. Every DUI conviction is automatically reported to the Motor Vehicle Department by the court. Upon receiving notice of a DUI conviction, MVD will require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle, regardless of whether you reside in Arizona or out-of-state. You may also be required to take Traffic Survival School and have an SR-22 (high risk insurance). If you fail to comply with these MVD orders, your license will most likely be suspended.
Further, if you have a prior DUI conviction and get another, MVD can suspend your license in addition to all of the other requirements listed above.
If your license was suspended, either pre-adjudication or post-adjudication, it is important to remember that you must still pay a license reinstatement fee to MVD, in addition to any other requirements, once you become eligible for reinstatement. If you do not, your license will remain suspended.