Any time you are stopped and cited for a traffic offense in the state of Arizona, that traffic violation likely means an assessment of points against your Arizona driver's license. Different driving infractions in Arizona can translate to different amounts of points assessed against your Arizona driver's license.
In Mesa, Glendale or Apache Junction, it is important that you should consult experienced Arizona driving under the influence (DUI) and criminal lawyers like those associated with The Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C. when issues such as the assessment of points against your driver's license arise.
In the state of Arizona, points are tracked by the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) on a 12-month rolling basis. This means that the amount of points that you have been assessed during the past 12 months are calculated and if you have accumulated 8-12 points during that 12-month period, you will need to take steps to attend Traffic Survival School as a way to hang onto your Arizona driver's license. If you accumulate 13 or more points during a 12-month period, your driver's license will be suspended by MVD.
Persons who are assessed points for minor traffic violations in the state of Arizona, it is safe to assume that they would also be assessed points by MVD as the result of a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction in the state of Arizona carries with it eight points that are assessed against your driver's license. A DUI conviction alone will require a person to attend and complete a session at Traffic Survival School. Also, a DUI conviction may result in a person having their license suspended by MVD should they have been assessed additional points as a result of other traffic infractions.
The points assessment table below shows the number of points that are assessed according to the infraction that has been committed.
- 8 DUI
- 8 Extreme DUI
- 8 Reckless driving
- 8 Aggressive driving
- 6 Leaving the scene of accident, hit-and-run
- 6 Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield the right-of-way, causing death
- 4 Failure to stop for a traffic signal, stop sign or to yield the right-of-way, causing serious injury
- 3 Speeding
- 3 Driving over or parking in a gore area
- 2 All other moving violations
Arizona MVD may suspend or revoke your driving privilege if you:
- have been convicted of frequent, serious offenses that show disrespect for traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of others.
- have been convicted of reckless driving or are a repeat reckless or negligent driver.
- are medically unsafe to drive a motor vehicle.
- have committed or permitted an unlawful or fraudulent use of your driver license.
- have been convicted of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or toxic vapors.-have been arrested for refusal to take or successfully complete a chemical test (alcohol/drug content).
- The penalty for refusal or unsuccessful completion is a 12-month suspension of your driver license, or two years for a second or subsequent refusal within an 84-month period.-are under the age of 21 and have been convicted of receiving, consuming or possessing alcohol.-are under the age of 21 and have been convicted of any illegal drug violation.
- have an unresolved judgment from another state.-have committed an offense for which mandatory revocation of the driving privilege is required upon conviction.
Following the suspension or revocation period of your driver's license, you will be required to pay the appropriate application fee for reinstatement of your license. In addition, you may be subjected to an investigation and you may be required to file an SR22 Certificate of Insurance.
It is important that your DUI legal situation should be handled by expert professionals with the experience possessed by the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod, P.C.