Phoenix DUI Attorney Nicholas Alcock explains the consequences of a suspended license for those pulled over and arrested for DUI.
Online PR News – 07-July-2011 – – Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock has seen people's lives shattered because they simply didn't know they had to pay a $10 fine. The reason for this confusion centers around the fact that people charged with DUI in Arizona face two separate legal systems. The Courts determine the criminal punishment for DUI--jail time, fines, and alcohol education classes. The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department handles license suspensions and revocations for DUI. Believe it or not, these two systems operate independently. They each have their own confusing set of rules are requirements. Because of this, Phoenix DUI Attorney Nick Alcock explains, many people find themselves facing prison time simply because they did not pay a simple fee.
In Arizona, driving while impaired is typically a misdemeanor offense. However, impaired drivers whose licenses are suspended at the time of driving typically face felony aggravated DUI charges. Many people who have had their license suspended due to a misdemeanor DUI don't know that they need to return to the Motor Vehicle Department to pay a reinstatement fee ranging from $10 to $50. These people believe that once they pay their court fees, their licenses will automatically be reinstated. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
If you have been arrested for a DUI and your license has been suspended for any length of time, you typically need to complete Traffic Survival School and pay the reinstatement fee. Attorney Nick Alcock explains that, "If you just assume that the MVD will know what to do and fix your suspension you face possible felony charges if you are rearrested for DUI. Even if you are simply driving on a suspended license for DUI, you face 48 hour of additional jail."
Felony aggravated DUI carries with it a minimum sentence of 4 months in prison. In prison, people are not eligible for work release. Furthermore, for a first offense aggravated DUI, the maximum sentence is almost 4 years. "The fact that Arizona punishes people so severely for not paying a simple administrative fee is ridiculous", states Arizona DUI Attorney Alcock. "The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony DUI is night and day. It is the difference between keeping your job, your home and your family intact."
Anyone with a DUI arrest or license suspension should go to the MVD and receive in writing an abstract showing the real status of their privilege to drive. If you have any additional questions about DUI in Arizona, feel free to contact Phoenix DUI Lawyer Nick Alcock at 602-989-5000.