- Cooperate with the Police.
Cooperation means being polite and maintaining a good attitude. It does not mean answering questions or doing field tests.
Your attitude, mannerisms and words all become part of the officer’s report/case.
This is not the time to cry, apologize, confess or crack jokes.
- Request a copy of your police report at the headquarters of the department involved in your arrest.
This is not mandatory, but you will have more fruitful consultations with an attorney in developing your defense strategy.
- Read all paperwork you received from the police thoroughly.
- Make note of the charges and your court date.
- Do not lose the tow slip with information about how to retrieve your car
- You must apply for an Admin Per Se / Implied Consent Affidavit to request a hearing within 15 days. If should have a lawyer before the suspension goes into effect.
- Consult with more than one private attorney before deciding the best strategy for you.
- There is no cost to do this and will provide insight to your options
- A public defender may be able to help, but they are limited to the criminal side of your case and are unable to assist with the Motor Vehicle Division actions that will occur concurrent with the DUI.
- For most people the loss of their license is one of the biggest stressors
- Before ruling out hiring a DUI lawyer, know exactly how much one will cost you by consulting with 2-3 of them within days of a DUI arrest. Get consultations now.
- To avoid losing your license right away, request a hearing at the Motor Vehicle Division within 15 days.
- The MVD is very strict with this timeline; once it’s past there is nothing you or an attorney can do.
- When the officer takes your driver license, they will give you a form titled “Admin Per Se/Implied Consent Affidavit” which has a paragraph telling you how to request a hearing.
ADOT Executive Hearing Office
3838 N. Central Ave., Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85012
- In Arizona, depending on the DUI, you may be eligible for a Special Ignition Interlock Restricted Driver License (SIIRDL) which will allow you to drive to and from work, school and treatment during your License Suspension or Revocation.
- Contact AZ – MVD to verify your eligibility before taking any action involved with a SIIRDL such as installing an interlock, arranging insurance or driving.
- You may apply 45 days into your suspension or revocation.
- Before you apply, you must have your screening and counselling completed and have an Ignition Interlock installed on your vehicle.
- Note: A SIIRDL is not a requirement and is not credited toward any other Ignition Interlock Court Order required to get your unrestricted driver license back.