Does My Car Need an Interlock Device After a DUI?

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Does My Car Need an Interlock Device After a DUI?

Being convicted of a DUI can change your life. One major change is having to install an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle. These devices check your blood alcohol levels with a breathalyzer test before your vehicle will be able to start. They can be bulky, loud, and inconvenient, and they take time to use when you’re running late.

Interlock Devices Are Often Required to Reinstate Your License

After a DUI conviction, one of the requirements to reinstate your license is the use of an interlock device for a certain period of time. One year is the most common length of time ordered, however, it might be more or less depending on the circumstances.

Once an order for an interlock device is given, your license is suspended. You will be unable to apply for a special restricted license until an interlock device is installed by an authorized company. 

With the special license, you are not allowed to operate any motor vehicle that does not have an interlock device. If you are caught driving a non-interlock vehicle, you could have your interlock time increased, and your license suspended or even revoked. 

What Is an Interlock Device?

An interlock device is a breathalyzer that is connected to your car’s ignition. In order to operate your vehicle, you must first blow into the device. It will then give a reading that states your blood alcohol level. 

If the results are negative, you will be able to start your vehicle. The device will also randomly have you retest throughout the trip, to ensure your continued sobriety while driving. Your device will have to be checked by a certified installer every 77-90 days, to ensure it is in good working order and not being tampered with.

Some new laws require that a camera, GPS, and a real-time reporting device be installed as well. The camera is used to ensure that the person blowing into the device is the person operating the vehicle, while the GPS and reporting devices allow for constant monitoring.

There Is a Monthly Cost Associated with an Interlock Device

If you are required to have an interlock device on your vehicle, you will be responsible for its costs. These devices cannot be owned outright, but only rented from the installer. The monthly cost will depend on the type of car you drive, the company you choose, and whether you need insurance on the device. On average, people pay around $100 a month for an interlock device. 

An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Fight a DUI

Being charged with a DUI is a serious moment. If you are caught at a DUI checkpoint or involved in an accident, you’ll face fines, possible jail time, and the need for an interlock device. An experienced attorney can help you through the legal process and help you secure a better outcome.

Todd Coolidge has over 25 years of experience in the Arizona justice system. Fighting DUIs is one of his specialties, and there is no one better to have on your side. Contact our offices today for a consultation on your DUI case.


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