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What is an Ignition Interlock Device? DUI in Chandler, Arizona

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You may have heard of the ignition interlock device if you have friends, family or coworkers who have dealt with DUI charges in Arizona. Just as Arizona’s DUI laws are the toughest in the nation in general, so are its laws relating to ignition interlock devices or IIDs. Due to a law passed in 2007, any person convicted of DUI for their first offense must have this device installed in any vehicle they drive for an entire year.

An ignition interlock device is a small, smart phone-sized device that is installed in your car that is connected to the ignition. You must blow into the device with no alcohol traces on your breath (less than .02% BAC) in order to start the vehicle. Some devices also require you to pull over occasionally for random tests.

These devices cost around $1000 total including installation and monthly maintenance. You can find a list of certified installers by the state of Arizona here. Not only are you only able to drive your vehicle after passing this breathalyzer every day, you are also typically limited on where you can drive. That list usually is limited to work, school, Alcohol Anonymous meetings, probation meetings, IID maintenance and approved medical appointments.

Are you being charged with DUI in Chandler, Arizona or anywhere in the Valley of the Sun? Contact Certified Criminal Law Specialist Todd Coolidge today to help fight these charges and prevent a criminal record and an inconvenient year of an ignition interlock device installed in your car.

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