Ignition Interlock Devices
If you are convicted of any misdemeanor or felony DUI offense in Scottsdale, MVD will require you to install an Ignition Interlock Device in any vehicle you drive. The Ignition Interlock Device, or IID, essentially prevents your car from starting unless an alcohol free breath sample is provided into the device. Once the car is started, the machine will require additional random breath samples while being operated. The Ignition Interlock Device also uses GPS technology which allows MVD and the Scottsdale police to locate your whereabouts if they wish. Up until recently, IID’s were required only for Extreme DUI convictions. Under recent changes to Arizona DUI law, however, the IID is required for any
Scottsdale DUI conviction. Choosing a
Scottsdale DUI Lawyer who can help you avoid a conviction could make all the difference when it comes to the outcome of your case. Between jail time, fines, and having an IID in your car, there is simply too much at stake to trust a second-rate DUI attorney or an inexperienced associate at a large firm.
How long you are required to keep the device installed in your vehicle depends on several factors including the specific type of Scottsdale DUI charge for which you were convicted. In cases of first-time or second-time convictions of standard DUI (based on a blood alcohol reading of .08% or above) or extreme DUI (based on a blood alcohol reading of .15% or above), you are required to maintain installation for a period of 12 months. For a first-time conviction of Super Extreme DUI (.20% or above), the period is 18 months and for a second or subsequent Super Extreme DUI conviction, the period increases to 24 months. By contacting an experienced Scottsdale DUI Attorney, you may be able to have your Super Extreme DUI charges reduced and avoid the increased IID requirement and jail time that would otherwise be ordered.
Why are IID's used?
IID’s are also used in Scottsdale as a means to shorten other DUI related drivers license suspensions. For example, if you are serving a 12 month Implied Consent suspension because you refused to submit to
blood testing, you might be able to obtain a restricted license after 90 days if you voluntarily install an IID. An IID may also allow you to get a restricted license if you are serving a 3 year revocation for a prior Scottsdale
Aggravated DUI conviction. Even if you have already been sentenced for your case, a Scottsdale DUI Lawyer may be able to help you obtain a restricted license so you can get to work or school without relying on others or public transportation.
Even when MVD orders the installation of the IID, the driver is financially responsible for the installation, periodic maintenance, and eventual removal of the device. This can become quite costly over period of one year or more, especially for those who are on a tight budget because they are already paying court fines and higher insurance premiums.
Having an Ignition Interlock Device in your car is embarrassing, expensive, and inconvenient. Scottsdale DUI Attorney Joshua S. Davidson understands the intricacies of MVD regulations pertaining to DUI and IID’s.