Vehicle Interlock Device
In the State of Arizona, an ignition interlock device is a mandatory penalty after most DUI convictions, although there are exceptions where this may not be required. It is advisable to discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney who will be able to identify any potential options in avoiding this mandate. This is one of many factors that must be considered when approaching resolution to a DUI case. If you have been arrested for DUI and are in danger of having an interlock device placed in your vehicle, contact a Phoenix DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew, PC to discuss your legal options. Mr. Buckallew is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience in litigating all types of DUI cases throughout the valley. Mr. Buckallew has handled countless DUI cases and understands the significant consequences associated with DUI convictions, including the requirement of ignition interlock devices, loss of driving privileges and other penalties associated with DUI convictions. He personally handles each case from start to finish to ensure each case receives the experience and attention it deserves. If you are facing DUI charges, whether it is a 1st Time DUI or Aggravated DUI (felony), Mr. Buckallew will discuss your options with you and launch an aggressive legal defense that is formulated to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
The period of time that a person has an interlock device installed in their vehicle depends upon a number of factors, including the severity of their DUI offense, and whether or not they have had previous DUI convictions. Currently, these periods are broken down as follows:
- Standard DUI (first or second offense) - Interlock device required for 12 months
- Extreme DUI (first or second offense) - Interlock device required for 12 months
- Super extreme DUI (first offense) - Interlock device required for 18 months
- Super extreme DUI (second offense) - Interlock device required for 24 months
- Aggravated DUI - Interlock device required for 24 months
An ignition interlock device is a tool that measures the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an individual. If you are required to use an interlock device, you will need to arrange for installation through an MVD-authorized company and provide proof of installation to MVD. The device is placed inside the vehicle of a person who has been convicted of DUI as a safety measure. The device requires the person to blow into it to register their BAC before they can start the engine of their vehicle. If the device records a person's BAC as being over the legal limit (in this case, 0.08%), then it will prevent the vehicle from starting. This renders the person unable to drive while under the influence. If no alcohol is detected, the engine will start and once started, the device will require another breath sample at random intervals while you are driving as well. MVD monitors the interlock device and receives periodic usage reports from the interlock installer, including any violations or device tampering. If they determine there has been a failure to comply with the interlock requirements, the length of time for your interlock requirement can be extended.
If you have been arrested for DUI and have questions regarding penalties, such as ignition interlock, contact an experienced Phoenix DUI attorney today for a case evaluation.