License Suspension Hearings
When a person is pulled over on suspicion of DUI, they may have to deal with license restrictions, even if they are eventually cleared of the DUI charge. This is because, despite whether someone is ultimately found guilty or not guilty, they are already subject to license restrictions following their arrest. If you’ve had your license restricted following a DUI arrest, you will need to attend a license suspension hearing with the DMV in order to address the issue separately from your DUI case.
If you’ve been charged with DUI, you need to have an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side. The DUI attorneys of Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., are skilled DUI defense attorneys who are committed to helping clients fight their DUI charges. To discuss your case with one of our attorneys, contact us today at 602-510-9999.
License Suspension Procedure
When you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the process of license suspension begins as soon as it is determined by the officer that you will be taken to jail. The following is roughly how the license suspension procedure will be handled:
- Upon your arrest, the officer suspends your license and issues you a temporary license.
- The license will expire on a future date unless you schedule a hearing with the DMV and win your case against having your license suspended. If you don’t request a hearing, your license is suspended automatically regardless of the eventual verdict of your DUI case.
At the DMV, you will have to argue against having your license suspended. If you are successful, your license will not be suspended at that time. However if you lose, your license will be suspended for a determined period of time.
- Whether or not you are successful at your DMV hearing often depends on three factors:
- Your BAC at the time of the arrest
- Whether you have prior suspensions or DUI charges
- Whether you refused a breath, blood, or urine test
In the state of Arizona, refusal of a blood alcohol content test results in an automatic license suspension of up to one year, even if your DUI charges are later dismissed.
DUI charges can carry hefty consequences for your financial, professional, and personal life. That is why it is important to have a competent attorney on your side. If you’ve been charged with DUI, an Arizona DUI attorney from Thompson & Volquardsen, P.C., can help. Contact our offices today at 602-510-9999 to begin discussing your case with a qualified and experienced attorney.