How to Apply for a Hardship License in Arizona?

how to apply for a hardship licenseIf you are convicted of a DUI in Arizona, your driver’s license is going to be suspended. This suspension can last anywhere from 30 days up to 1 year. Usually the suspension for a first DUI conviction is about 4-7 months. Most people have to drive to get back and forth to work. If this is the case, you may qualify for a hardship license in Arizona.

Judges and prosecutors are not very forgiving when it comes to DUI. It is a totally preventable defense. The court system looks at drunk driving as a very reckless and irresponsible offense. It puts both your own safety and the safety of every other drive on the road at risk. It is, therefore, not surprising that they are reluctant to go easy on you.

However, courts do understand that in some situations, it is fair to allow the offender to obtain a hardship license following a DUI. The criteria are very strict and very limited. You will want a DUI attorney by your side to argue for your hardship license.

Requirements for Hardship License in Arizona DUI

Arizona law outlines certain requirements for a hardship license. Keep in mind, just because you meet these requirements does not mean you are automatically guaranteed a hardship license. It is still at the discretion of the court. You will have to prove that you meet the criteria and that it is in the best interest of the court that you are granted the hardship license.

The requirements for a hardship license with a DUI in Arizona are:

  • You didn’t cause physical harm to anybody during the course of events that led to your DUI
  • It is your first DUI in five years. If you have previous DUI do not expect to be granted a hardship license
  • You can demonstrate a hardship to the court proving that you need your license in order to support your family (which typically must include minor children)

If you meet these criteria, you can apply for a restricted license. It does not mean it will be granted.

What is a Restricted Driver’s License in Arizona?

Your DUI attorney may ask the court to grant you a restricted license during the time your license is suspended following a DUI conviction. This restricted license will allow you to drive to and from work, school and doctor’s appointments.

This restricted license is good for 60 days. In order to get it, you must do the following:

  • Complete and alcohol screening by an authorized agency
  • Prove that you meet the criteria set out above

Even if your attorney is able to get your restricted license granted, expect to lose your license for at least 30 days. At some point, your license will be suspended. If it is your first offense, your attorney may be able to get the suspension as low as 30 days. However, this is rare.

Keep in mind that in Arizona, all DUI convictions require that the driver install an interlock device for at least one year. Your attorney may be able to negotiate to get this reduced to 6 months. This means that if you are granted a restricted license, you will still have to install this interlock ignition device.

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Contact a DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with a DUI, contact a DUI attorney immediately. Your license is going to be suspended 15 days after the DUI charge. This will happen automatically. Your DUI attorney will need to apply for the restricted license right away to avoid this automatic suspension.

DUI in Arizona carry heavy fines, jail time and license suspensions. It is not something you want to handle alone. Contact a DUI attorney and let them work hard to get you the best outcome possible.