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I’ve Received a Medical Revocation Notice. What does this mean?

Posted by Craig Penrod | Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

Did you know you could receive a medical suspension or revocation of your Arizona driving privileges based upon a report filed by any individual? And,  if that occurs, the Motor Vehicle Division is not required to disclose the source of that report?

If you have received a request for a medical review, it means that the Motor Vehicle Division has received information regarding your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This information can be received from law enforcement, medical professionals, insurance companies or “concerned citizens.” The source of the information will not be disclosed and will remain confidential.It is also possible to receive a medical suspension or revocation if you have marked “yes” to the medical question on a driver license application or self-reporting a medical condition.Drivers are reviewed in response to self-reported conditions and reports received from law enforcement, medical professionals, MVD offices and concerned citizens. These reports are reviewed to determine if the driver requires a re-examination of driving skills or written testing, or medical or psychological evaluation.

The Motor Vehicle Division may receive information from law enforcement regarding possible unsafe drivers.   If you are stopped by law enforcement but not issued a ticket, it does not mean the officer cannot request that you be reviewed by the Medical Review Program. A law enforcement officer may report you by completing a re-examination request, which may also be used by MVD personnel.

Even with the physician-patient, nurse-patient or psychologist-client confidentiality relationship, a physician, registered nurse practitioner or psychologist may voluntarily report you to MVD if they believe you have a medical or psychological condition that in his or her opinion could significantly impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.  The medical professional submitting the report in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability for making the report.

You do have the right to request a hearing on these actions, however, your request will not stop the immediate suspension. Your request must be received within 15 days from the date of the notice. The request must be made in writing.  The request must include your full name, date of birth, license number, mailing address, home and business phones, and case number. Upon receipt of your written request, a hearing may be scheduled and you will be notified as to the date, time and location.

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Craig Penrod has been involved in criminal and DUI defense for more than 30 years, is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, is AV® rated, the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell®, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®, and has been selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers Editions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig W. Penrod for a free initial legal consultation if you find yourself facing DUI or criminal charges.

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Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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