An Arizona driver may lose their license in one of two ways. First, a driver may lose their license if they are assessed enough points against their permanent driving record by Arizona’s Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Second, some driving crimes are so significant that an Arizona driver may have their license invalidated immediately after committing the crime. This article focuses on the second possibility and the crimes that may cause you to lose your license immediately.
Losing Your License By Committing Serious Traffic Crimes
While traffic crimes such as reckless driving, a DUI or leaving the scene of an accident or serious offenses, they add points to your license that may lead to license suspension or revocation. If enough points have accrued, A license is at risk of suspension for anyone 21 years of age or older who accumulates 8 points or more in a 12 month period. As such, the following 8 point offenses alone would be enough to face the likelihood of a driver’s license suspension:
Any other combination of offenses that total 8 points could also lead to a suspension. For more information on the point totals and various offenses that could lead to a license suspension, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation website to learn more.
As bad as the aforementioned traffic violations are, there are some behaviors that are even more dangerous. These are the behaviors that lead to an immediate invalidation of a driver’s license. One such example would be committing homicide or aggravated assault with a vehicle. While most traffic violations are civil in nature (speeding, for example), committing homicide with a vehicle is one of the most serious criminal cases imaginable. Not only would a defendant lose their license immediately in such a situation, the defendant could also face a long-term prison sentence as well.
Similarly serious traffic crimes include:
- Aggravated Assault With a Vehicle
- Committing a Felony in Which a Vehicle Is Used
- Participating in a Drive-By Shooting
- Lying to the MVD Under Oath
- Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Any Drug
- Perjury Relating to the Owning and Operating of a Vehicle
- Aggravated DUI
- Failing to Stop and Offer Aid At an Accident in Which You Were Involved
If you are found to commit any of these serious offenses, Arizona law requires that your driving privileges must be revoked. This concept is more serious than a license suspension and is referred to as a license revocation.
Driving privileges will also be revoked if an Arizona driver has been convicted two or more times for:
- Racing on Arizona Highways
- Reckless Driving
Once the designated revocation period after committing one of these offenses has ended, driving privileges must remain revoked until an investigation is conducted and completed. This investigation will ensure all withdrawal actions have ended and that all Arizona statutory requirements have been fulfilled. If these terms have been met, you will be required to pay an application fee as well as a $20 reinstatement fee. Further, you may also be required to file a Certificate of Insurance and complete a written, vision and road test.
If you have had your license suspended or revoked for a DUI, an aggravated DUI or any other serious traffic crime, an Arizona criminal defense lawyer will help you navigate the legal processes needed to make things right and restore your driving privileges.
The lawyers at Tyler Allen Law Firm are here to make sure you get the best defense possible. We are experienced in successfully dealing with both civil and criminal traffic charges. Give us a call today at (602)456-0545 and we can get started on getting your life back to normal.