Ignition Interlock Device and DUI Cases in Arizona

ignition interlock deviceAll 50 states have adopted some kind of law pertaining to ignition interlock devices being installed into the vehicles of those who have been convicted of a DUI. Arizona is one of the states that has implemented some strict DUI laws.

WHAT IS AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE?

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is installed in your car after a DUI conviction. This device requires you to breathe into it, much like the breathalyzer used by the police, and monitors if you have a blood alcohol content. If you do have a blood alcohol content, the device prevents the car from starting; otherwise, you are free to go on your way.

DUI LAWS IN ARIZONA

The Arizona Department of Transportation defines a DUI as being under the influence of anything that impairs your abilities or judgment while operating a motor vehicle.

When you obtained your license, you gave the state of Arizona the right to test your blood alcohol level or drug test you based on the Implied Consent Law. If you refuse testing when pulled over, your license will be taken on the spot for 12 months. If you refuse a second time within the 84-month window, they will take your license for 24 months.

DUI (BAC of .08% -.14%)

  • First Offense
    • Jail time for at least 10 consecutive days
    • A fine that will be at least $1250
    • Mandatory education/screening/treatment
    • Community service
    • Ignition Interlock Device
  • Second and later offenses
    • Jail time for 90 days
    • A fine of at least $3000
    • A revoked license for 12 months
    • Mandatory education/screening/treatment
    • Community service
    • Ignition Interlock Device

EXTREME DUI (BAC OF .15% OR HIGHER)

  • First Offense
    • Jail time for 30 consecutive days with no chance of probation or a suspended sentence
    • A fine of at least $2500
    • Mandatory education/screening/treatment
    • Community service
    • Ignition Interlock Device
  • Second and later offenses
    • Jail time for at least 120 days
    • A fine of at least $3250
    • A revoked license for 12 months
    • Mandatory education/screening/treatment
    • Community service
    • Ignition Interlock Device

AGGRAVATED DUI

This category applies to:

  • Someone who commits a DUI while suspended, canceled, or revoked
  • Commits their third DUI in an 84 month time period
  • Commits a DUI with a passenger under the age of 15
  • Commits a DUI or refuses the BAC test while under the sentence of an Ignition Interlock Device

If a person is convicted of an aggravated DUI, here is what they can expect:

  • A prison term of up to 2 years
  • Any other penalties allowed by the laws
  • A revoked license for 12 months
  • Mandatory education/screening/treatment
  • Community service
  • Ignition Interlock Device

DOES THE IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE WORK?

In a study that was conduction, there was a  15% reduction in alcohol-related driving fatalities due to the use of ignition interlock devices in drunk driving convictions. There have also been recent changes made to the devices to include a camera so that someone under the influence could not have someone else blow into it for them. All the information is kept in real-time and monitored by the companies.

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