If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), it can carry many serious consequences, including license suspension, fines, and restrictions on your ability to drive. Sometimes the circumstances surrounding your traffic stop may not have been in accordance with the law, however, and it’s important that our law enforcement follow their own rules. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact a DUI lawyer if you feel that you have a legitimate case to consider.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you may have an ignition interlock device placed in your vehicle. Let’s take a brief moment right now to find out what these are, how they work, and what your legal options in DUI cases include.
An ignition interlock device is a breath analyzing system that is installed in a person’s car following a DUI conviction and is generally placed on the dashboard. The ignition interlock device is usually about the size of a cell phone. In order to start a vehicle, the driver must blow into the device, otherwise the the vehicle will not start.
In addition, there are times that the vehicle will require the driver to blow into the device after the engine has started. This to ensure that someone other than the driver didn’t provide the initial breath sample.
You will be required to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles that you operate, including those that are registered under other people’s names.
The ignition interlock device is placed in a person’s car in order to ensure that they are sober when operating a vehicle. Our DUI attorneys understand that this is a safety concern and part of serving the public good, but in some situations it may be an overstep and unnecessary, which is what we can examine should you speak with our legal team.
Arizona state law mandates that ignition interlock devices be placed in a vehicle for at least 12 months for a first offense DUI. Cases of second convictions and extreme DUI will carry different durations.
Again, while our DUI defense team knows that this is all done in the public good, we will help you negotiate the length of time with the court in accordance with the law.
In addition to examining the need/justification for an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, we will also look into the exact circumstances of your traffic stop, the results of your BAC test, and other factors that may affect the nature of your charge. We will fight diligently because we believe in the fair application of laws on the books.
If you would like to learn more about all of your legal options following a drunk driving or DWI charge, be sure to contact our DUI lawyers in Phoenix and Tempe today. Our attorneys will fight diligently on your behalf to ensure that you received a fair hearing and that your legal rights are respected.