MVD wants to be sure that you are rehabilitated and do not pose a risk for recidividism, such as an untreated alcoholic would. You should expect a wait once your packet is completed and submitted. My experience is that most people are successfully reinstated who fill out the packets and are otherwise eligible to drive.
If you clearly and affirmatively invoked your right to an independent test immediately after being advised of the right to one, there may be an issue. Typically police in the course of the investigation advise of the right (before booking) to an independent test. The police and jail personnel should have documented your invocation to an independent test. I hope this helps. --MH
The problem with the DUI/drug charge is that if convicted it comes with a one year mandatory license suspension (the 1381 dui does not, just the interlock ignition device). My understanding is that you'd likely have to get the interlock anyway, so I'm not sure you'd want to change the outcome, even if you were able to.
The short answer is that you must drive only the car with your interlock ignition device installed. Remember, your driver's license reflects an interlock restriction. That means you can only drive a car equipped with the device. Importantly, I have seen too many cases where people get stopped and arrested for DUI's when they have an interlock restriction, and are then charged with a felony. I have also seen sober people stopped driving someone else's and found to be in violation of the...
My understanding is that upon conviction of a single misdemeanor dui your AZ CDL will be lost for at least one year. Moreover, my understanding is that under federal common carrier law you may be precluded from working as a commercial carrier. We had a case recently where MVD suspended a CDL upon arrest for a DUI and we thankfully were able to fix that for the client. But be aware that there are both state and federal ramifications for working CDL holders. --MH
I think it is possible. The concern initially would be that there would likely be a warrant out for you. I've had a case where a professor warranted in AZ and was picked up returning to the US from Europe at POE Miami Int Airport and extradited to AZ. You don't want that sort of thing to happen. I think you'd want to engage counsel who is very familiar with the court system you are involved in and, first, have them move to quash the warrant. Second, they may be able to negotiate a...
It really depends on your California motor vehicle record and any restrictions on your California license. You undoubtedly would want to contact your California attorney who would contact the court to seek permission to complete DUI classes out of state, which in Arizona happens with regularity.
The location of the criminal court generally cannot be moved, especially in misdemeanor DUI cases. However, if you retain an attorney in Phoenix you may be able to avoid having to go up there on a regular basis to appear in court.
In Arizona a person can be charged with DUI on private property. However, police need a good legal reason to stop a person. The fact that he followed you for 12 miles raises several questions about the reason for the stop.