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Check Out These Ways To Get Your License Back After A DUI!

Arizona has strict requirements for drivers who want to have their licenses reinstated after a DUI conviction.  In order to get your driver’s license back, it will be necessary to follow certain procedures and to meet the requirements for a reinstated license.

Two Types of Losses

If you are trying to have your license reinstated after a DUI, it is helpful to understand certain terminology and to know the different types of license loss and reinstatement.  First, you should understand the difference between a suspension and a revocation.  A suspension means that your license is temporarily “on hold” until you meet the requirements for reinstatement.  A suspension presupposes that you will at some point apply to have your license reinstated and defines a clear path for you to do so.  For most first-time, misdemeanor DUIs, the automatic suspension period is 90 days.  After that time, you can begin the process of having your license reinstated. However, a revocation of your license is a different matter.  Revocation is meant to be permanent.  The government is effectively saying that you cannot ever drive in Arizona again unless you go through the process of reapplying for a license and having your application approved.  Depending on the circumstances of your DUI, you may or may not be eligible to reapply for a driver’s license after a revocation.

Two Types of Reinstatements

There are also two different types of reinstatements of your license that you may try, depending on how long you lose your license and what type of DUI you had.  The first type is a straight reinstatement in which you pay a fine, apply to have your suspension removed or your revocation reversed and obtain a “clean” driver’s license.  The DMV may or may not grant your request based on a review of your driver’s license.  This type of reinstatement usually has no special requirements, although you may have to wait for a long time in order to receive it. Another type of license reinstatement is known as a restricted license and allows you to drive even during your suspension period in some cases.  A restricted license only allows you to drive in certain circumstances.  For example, you may be allowed to drive back and forth from work, to doctor’s appointments or in the event of a family emergency.  However, if you are caught driving outside of the stated conditions, you may lose your restricted license and suffer other penalties. A restricted license often comes with the requirement that you install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle so that you cannot drive without a breath sample to test for alcohol use. For more information about your rights after a DUI conviction, contact the attorneys at Oswalt Law Group in Phoenix today.

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