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I’m a Private Investigator and I Got a DUI

In Arizona, private investigators are licensed and regulated by the Department of Public Safety. All private investigators must have individual licenses and work for a licensed private investigation agency. If an Arizona private investigator is convicted of DUI, it may have a serious impact on his/her professional career.

Do I Have to Disclose any past DUIs on my License Application

No, but the Department will run a background check on you. The application for a private investigator license does not require you to disclose any of your criminal background except whether you are prohibited from carrying a firearm. You must provide your true name, address, and social security number on your application for a background check. 

If you lie on your application, you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a class 1 misdemeanor, you could serve six months in prison and be required to pay up to $2,500.

If I get Arrested for DUI after I’m Licensed, do I have to tell the Department of Public Safety?

No. You do not have to report being arrested for DUI, but you may be required to report your DUI if you are convicted. 

An Arizona private investigator may face disciplinary action if he/she is convicted of a felony. In Arizona, DUI, extreme DUI, and super extreme DUI are misdemeanors. Aggravated DUI, however, is a felony. If you are convicted of an aggravated DUI, you will face disciplinary action from the Department of Public Safety.

Could I Lose my License for being Convicted of Aggravated DUI?

Maybe. A hearing board will conduct an investigation after your conviction. The investigation could result in a no disciplinary action, a letter of concern on your record, being put on probation, or having your private investigator license suspended or revoked

Can I Avoid Disciplinary Action by Pleading No Contest to the Aggravated DUI Charge?

No. Pleading no contest will have the same effect as being convicted on aggravated DUI.

Could my Agency Fire me if I get a DUI?

Maybe. The terms of your employment are governed by your employment contract. It is possible that you could be fired for getting any type of DUI. You cannot have a private investigator license if you are not employed by a licensed private investigation agency. You cannot get a private investigator license until you are employed by another agency. If you work as a private investigator in Arizona without a valid license, you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor.

Can I use my Vehicle for Stakeouts with a Suspended Driver’s License?

When you get a DUI, your driver’s license will be suspended for ninety days. You may not legally perform any job functions that involve driving while your license is suspended. After the first thirty days of your suspension, you may apply for a restricted driving permit to restore some of your driving privileges. 

You will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for at least six months after the reinstatement of your driving privileges. If you are caught driving a vehicle without such a device, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for an additional year.

While your license is suspended, you may not drive your vehicle; however, there are no rules that prevent you from sitting in your vehicle while it is turned off. If your driver’s license is suspended, you may use your vehicle for a stakeout so long as you do not drive yourself to and from your stakeout location. 

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for DUI at Beauchamp Law Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case

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