Post DUI Conviction – What Happens After?

dui convictionA DUI conviction is a serious offense that imposes fines, imprisonment, and ignition interlock device requirements.  But what happens with your driving privileges? This blogpost will discuss the requirements and processes of reinstating driving privileges after a DUI conviction.

Arizona is divides their DUI offenses by the level of blood alcohol at the time of arrest and dependent on if this is the first or subsequent offense for a person.  Driving privileges will be suspended for each offense, but times frames are different.

License Issues Per Type of DUI

It is extremely important to note that you can be arrested in Arizona, even if you have a blood-alcohol content less than the limit of 0.08.

For a standard DUI offense under 0.08, above 0.08, or a first offense, a driver’s license can be suspended for 90 days or up to one year revocation.  Dependent on the circumstances of the offense, will determine how long the suspension is.

For a standard DUI, 0.08 blood alcohol offense, which is a second offense, is an automatic one-year revocation.

Arizona also classifies extreme DUIs.  A person will be convicted of an extreme DUI if a person’s blood alcohol content is above 0.15.  If this is a first extreme DUI offense, a driver’s license is suspended for 90 days.

For a second extreme DUI offense, there is an automatic one-year revocation of a driver’s license.

For an offense classified as super extreme, which is 0.20 blood alcohol content and if this is a first offense, there is an automatic 90-day suspension.  For a subsequent second super extreme DUI, there is an automatic one-year revocation.

It is important to understand these timelines and to be conscious of not driving during this time.  Arizona will impose serious punishments for driving without a license or under a suspended or revoked license.

There is also a difference between revocation and a suspended license. Suspension is the temporary removal of your driving privilege. The suspension will remain into effect until application for reinstatement is made.  It is your responsibility to fill out your application for reinstatement after your suspension has ended.  The application will ensure you have completed all necessary steps as part of the court order for a DUI conviction.  You will be responsible for paying the reinstatement fee and the license application fee for your age group.

What is the Difference Between License Suspension and Revocation in Arizona

Revocation is the removal of your privilege to drive. Once the revocation period has ended, your driving privilege will remain revoked until an investigation is complete into whether all withdrawal actions have ended and all statutory requirements are met. There is an application fee and a separate reinstatement fee to obtain your driving privileges again. A written, vision, and road driving test may be required.

Arizona is a state that assesses points against your license for traffic infractions.  A regular DUI imposes 8 points against your license and you will typically be required to attend Traffic Survival School (TSS).  An extreme DUI also assesses 8 points.

Note that your driving privilege may be both suspended and revoked. If you are trying to reinstate your driving privilege after it was revoked, and you are still under your suspension, you cannot apply for reinstatement.

If your driving privilege is withdrawn, revoked, or suspended in another state, Arizona will not grant a reinstatement.  If you have been convicted of any traffic violations within the preceding 12 months, Arizona will not authorize your application for reinstatement until 12 months have passed since the date of the violation.

Reinstatement of driving privileges can be a confusing and complicated process. Ensure that you speak with your attorney or the clerk of the court to know what your responsibilities are and what the costs will be.

Click here for information on what happens after an Arizona DUI arrest.