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Ignition Interlock Devices Stemming from an Arizona DUI

By Knowles Law Firm, PLC  Mar. 26, 2012 10:14a

If convicted of an Arizona DUI, you may face many harsh penalties, from jail time to license suspension to hefty fines. A recent penalty that has been implemented in DUI cases is the ignition interlock device (IID), which may be required for 12 to 24 months following first and subsequent drunk driving convictions.

This device is wired into your car’s ignition and needs to be installed at your own expense. You will be required to blow into it to give a breath sample. If your breath is free of alcohol, your car will start. If the breath test is not alcohol-free, your car will be disabled, the event will be recorded, and an alarm signaled until your ignition is turned off. As your car runs, you will be required to provide random breath tests.

If your job or career involves driving, such as a real estate agent or broker, appraiser, or building contractor, imagine the difficulties and embarrassment of having to deal with such a device in front of clients or customers. Being required to use an ignition interlock device might very well effectively end your career.

If you fail to have one installed when ordered to do so, if you are caught driving a vehicle without one as a violation against the court’s order, or if you tamper with or otherwise try to get around the required use of such a device, you risk having your IID requirement extended by an additional 6 months or one year.

Why You Need a Phoenix DUI Attorney

When facing all of the heavy consequences of a DUI conviction, your first priority should be to find a competent and experienced attorney. At the Knowles Law Firm, PLC, you will find experienced and aggressive legal representation to help you combat the damage and disruption to your life that can follow such a charge. The knowledgeable legal team at the firm includes a former police officer and a former Arizona vehicular crimes prosecuting attorney.

This kind of in-depth understanding of DUI laws and procedures gives you an advantage in fighting your DUI charge. Each Phoenix DUI lawyer at the firm is dedicated to providing you with the best chances for a reduced charge, reduced sentence, or case dismissal. By discussing your case with an experienced attorney, you can learn what your legal rights and options are and how to exercise them to achieve the best result.

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