You’ve probably seen it before, a strange, hand-held device mounted to the dashboard of a car, with a cable connecting to the car’s engine. The purpose of this device is to prevent convicted DUI offenders from driving under the influence again. It’s widely used around the country, especially here in Arizona with our strict DUI laws. Read along as we take a look at this ignition interlock device (IID) and how our attorneys can help defend you if you’re arrested for a DUI. An IID is not only an eyesore, but can also instill a sense of distrust between you and passengers.
The IID consists of four main parts: the sampling hand-held device (slightly larger than a cellphone), replaceable mouthpiece at the top, and a coil cable that is connected to a relay device or the engine.
When you get into the driver’s seat, you’ll notice that you can’t start the engine. Take the IID and exhale into the mouthpiece. The device measures your blood alcohol content level by detecting alcohol on your breath. If the device detects no alcohol, than the relay device will connect to the engine and it will start. However, if the device detects a certain level of BAC, then the relay device will lock and you won’t be able to start the car.
In 2007, the DUI reform act required that the IID be installed on anyone convicted of a DUI offense. In the past it was only those who were convicted of an extreme/aggravated DUI that needed the IID installed on their vehicles. However, this reform has also led to thousands of offenders now requiring the use of an IID, which can make the logistics of installation and removal tricky.
The purpose of the IID is to keep you from driving if you’re under the influence. The relay device will not start your engine until you have no alcohol on your breath. While this may seem tedious, it’s for your own safety and the safety of those around you.
No; the IID will never shut off the engine while in operation. When unused, the IID requires very little battery power, but can help detect if you need to check your power supply.
Depends on your conviction; at The Weingart Firm, our team is experienced in defending our clients and reducing the amount of time that the defendant is required to have the IID. We understand the social ramifications that can come with having an IID where passengers can see, and will work hard to make sure you have the IID for as little time as possible.
Mark Weingart and our nationally recognized team are adept at analyzing a defendant’s case and fighting for our client’s rights in that situation. Whether it’s your first offense or you are a repeat offender, contact us right away if you are arrested on suspicion of DUI. A DUI and an IID can bring negative effects onto someone’s life, and we work hard to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. Your case consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to contact us.