You Got a DUI in Arizona: Now What? What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock

09 Jan 2018

car breathalyzerThe holiday season has just passed. However, many people are still throwing parties and celebrating. Sure, holiday parties are fun. Food, friends, and usually alcohol are just some of the fun things that are present at these holiday parties.

When alcohol is involved, unfortunately, mistakes happen. You got a DUI. It happens. Now you have to go to court. This can be very intimidating, especially for someone who has never gone through the process before. Here’s what you can expect to happen.

Restricted Driver’s License

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in the majority of DUI cases, the driver will receive a restricted driver’s license, instead of just suspending your license altogether. This means that the court will tell you when you can and cannot drive.

Most often, you will be able to drive back and forth to work from your place of residence. If you attend school or university, you will be allowed to drive to school and back from your residence. You can drive to your probation officer’s building, if that is applicable. The doctor’s office (or 12-step meetings) is also typically an approved location on a restricted driver’s license. Lastly, you will need to drive to a certified ignition interlock device service facility.

Car Breathalyzer

Having a car breathalyzer can be one of the scariest parts of getting a DUI. However, understanding these devices and how they work will help eliminate that fear. Depending on the results of your court case, the length of time that you will need an ignition interlock device will vary.

The function of the interlock device is to ensure that a driver cannot operate their vehicle if they have consumed alcohol. The way that the ignition interlock devices work is that the driver blows into the device before they can start the vehicle. If the driver blows a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the pre-set level, usually around 0.02, the engine will not start.

In Arizona, these breathalyzers need to be installed by a state-approved company. Once the ignition interlock installation is complete, you will need to get your device serviced every 30 days for the first three months, according to ADOT. If you do not comply with the stipulations given to you by the court, then the time you need to have the ignition interlock device in your vehicle will be extended.

If you’re looking for an affordable, reliable, motor vehicle department approved company to provide all required services for your Arizona car breathalyzer, contact us today!

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