Arizona MVD License Suspensions and Reinstatement
What You Need To Know About Arizona Motor Vehicle Suspensions and Vehicular Crimes
Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has a variety of penalties it can levy against drivers. They include:
License Revocation: This is the removal of your privilege to drive in Arizona. Upon conviction for certain driving offenses, the law requires that the MVD revoke your driver’s license. Once your revocation period has ended, your driving privilege will remain revoked until you take steps to reinstate your driver’s license and the MVD conducts an investigation. The MVD may also require a written, vision, or road test.
Suspension: This is the temporary removal of your driving privilege in Arizona. It is done after a review of your driving record. The suspension remains in effect until an application for reinstatement is made. In addition to the reinstatement fee, you must pay the appropriate license application fee for your age group.
Traffic Survival School (TSS): TSS is designed to reach individuals who have exhibited a disregard for traffic laws and the safety of others. TSS attempts to modify the behavior of these drivers by teaching them how to avoid adverse traffic situations.
Defensive Driving School (DDS): DDS is a court-administered program that presents traffic safety classes through court-certified commercial schools. Drivers attend the DDS program to avoid assessments of points against their driving records.
Legal Representation at Driving Hearings
Arizona has a complicated maze of driving-related hearings. These include:
MVD hearings: The MVD hearing provides an important opportunity for you to challenge an order or decision of the MVD that adversely affects your driver’s license or privilege to drive in Arizona.
Driving under the influence (DUI) hearings: A timely request for a DUI hearing will stay a DUI-related suspension until after the MVD convenes a hearing.
Administrative per se hearings: The purpose of these hearings is for the administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether to uphold or void not less than a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license and/or privilege to drive.
Implied consent hearings: If you operate a motor vehicle in Arizona, the law regards you as having given consent to a test or tests of your blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substance for the purpose of determining alcohol concentration or drug content if you are arrested for any DUI-related offense. The purpose of the implied consent hearing is for the ALJ to determine whether to uphold or void not less than a one-year suspension of your driver’s license and/or privilege to drive.
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