Arizona DUI and the MVD - General Tips
This Legal Guide is intended to provide general tips pertaining to any individual in Arizona who has been charged with a DUI. The focus of these tips directly relates to Arizona driving privileges. For specific information, you will need to speak with an attorney directly.
Immediately After the DUICall an Arizona DUI Attorney and determine what steps are necessary to collect / preserve evidence.
Inquire about requesting a hearing at the MVD to stay a potential license suspension. Note: Usually, there is a 15 day deadline from the date of the implied consent or admin per se affidavit to request a hearing. Hearings must be requested in writing by mail, fax, or online. The decision to actually have the hearing may involve strategy. Speak with an attorney first. Understand that just because your attorney requests a hearing, does not necessarily mean the attorney will fight the suspension. Attorneys have strategies in mind and stipulating to some types of MVD hearings can have some benefit. On the other hand, agreeing to implied consent (refusal) suspensions is generally a bad idea.
Confirm that the Arizona MVD has a valid mailing address. The Arizona MVD will communicate with you only via US mail. If you miss a letter from the MVD, the consequences could be drastic. Thus, it is imperative that the MVD have a valid mailing address for you. Log onto servicearizona.com for more information or stop into a ADOT MVD office.
Hire an Experienced DUI Attorney Located in ArizonaThere are many of us. Call and ask questions. Your attorney should have several, if not many, DUI jury trials under his belt. Litigating a case to a jury usually improves the attorney's skill set. Your attorney should be good at negotiating and good at litigating. Talk to your attorney about how many DUI cases she has handled, whether she has completed any jury trials, and if so, how many. Remember, DUI jury trials are very hard to win. Even the best DUI attorneys have likely lost many more than they have won. However, if your attorney is willing to try the case and has trial experience, it can result in a better negotiation position for you.
Ask your attorney regularly about staying MVD compliant. You should be speaking with your attorney about things like : Alcohol Screening for MVD purposes, when the suspension will begin, a SIRDL, a to and from work permit, interlock, etc.
Understand that your driver's license will not automatically be reinstated. Talk to your attorney about what specific steps you will need to take to complete the reinstatement process.