Suspended vs Revoked Arizona Driver’s License

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Suspended vs Revoked Arizona Driver’s License

It’s the holiday season once again. And with the season comes a higher percentage of drivers on the road who are under the influence. As a criminal defense law firm, Coolidge Law encourages all Arizona residents to drive safely and responsibly. If you are pulled over for a traffic offense at any time of the year, there’s a chance you may have your driving privileges taken away. But what is the difference between a license suspension and a revocation, and what can you do if your license is suspended? 

Arizona License Suspension Laws

A license suspension is only a temporary removal of your privilege to drive. When traffic or criminal charges are filed, the duration and penalties of the suspension will be instated. Once the time of your suspension period has ended, you may apply to have your license reinstated. The Arizona Department of Transportation will then determine whether to approve your request for reinstatement. Reinstatement may be dependant on attending traffic school

There are a number of reasons your Arizona driver’s license might be suspended. The following infractions are a few examples when traffic or criminal penalties might include license suspension

    • Accumulating 8 or more points on your driving record in a 12-month period
    • Refusal to take a blood, breath or urine test
    • Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Failure to appear for court dates
    • Neglecting to pay fines for a traffic or moving violation, or speeding ticket
    • Engaging in reckless or aggressive driving
    • Using a fake I.D. 
    • Violating insurance laws
    • Committing a felony with a vehicle
    • Being found responsible for a crime that results in the serious injury or death of another person

Arizona License Revocation Laws

Getting your Arizona license revoked is a more serious punishment, which results in the termination of your driving privileges. In order to reinstate your driving privileges and obtain a new license, you must do the following: 

    • Serve the full revocation period, oftentimes up to several years
    • Complete a revocation application
    • Obtain proof of future financial responsibility 
    • Fulfill any other requirements deemed necessary by the court, such as installing an ignition interlock device

Your driver’s license may be revoked if you are convicted of the following serious charges or multiple offenses of one of these traffic violations:

    • DUI involving drugs or other toxic substances
    • Felony DUI or Aggravated DUI
    • Two or more DUI charges 
    • Two or more Reckless driving convictions 
    • Felony charges involving the use of a vehicle
    • Vehicular assault 
    • Discharge of a gun while driving or riding in a vehicle 
    • Leaving the scene of an accident in which you were involved and failing to stop to render aid or arrange for medical aid to a victim
    • Giving perjurious statements the AZ MVD 

Your Defense

At Coolidge Law, we are well versed in Arizona law. If you’ve committed a traffic offense or crime that may result in the suspension of your license in addition to other punishments, contact us today. When you hire Todd Coolidge, an experienced criminal defense attorney in Chander, he can help reduce or even eliminate your charges. Call us today: 480-264-5111


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