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Will I have to have an ignition interlock device installed?

Having a drunk driving offense on your record can be very upsetting. It can affect insurance rates and even your employment if you lose your driving privileges. It can also be a source of embarrassment to go through the experience of getting arrested, being convicted and then facing the legal consequences of a DUI.

One of the more troubling penalties you could be facing is the requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Before 2007, only drivers who were cited for being extremely drunk behind the wheel and those who have had multiple drunk driving offenses were required to have an IID installed; now, however, all drivers convicted of a DUI are required to have an IID installed, according to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety

The IID mandatory requirement was adopted in an attempt to prevent all drivers, even first-time offenders, from repeating the offense.

The way the IID system works is fairly straightforward. Drivers must pay to have the device installed by an approved party. Once the device is in place, drivers will have to blow into it in order to start a car or keep it running. However, if a certain percentage of alcohol is detected, the car will not start or it will sound an alarm and the driver will be expected to pull over if the car is in motion. 

Failed test results, as well as evidence that a device has been tampered with, will typically be reported to authorities. Drivers in this situation could be facing lengthier license suspensions and other harsh penalties. 

Unfortunately, there may be no way to avoid having an IID installed in your vehicle if you are convicted of DUI in Arizona. While having an IID may not seem like a big problem, the fact is that it can be an added expense and source of embarrassment that people don't want to deal with on top of all the other consequences of a DUI offense. However, you do have the right to defend yourself against charges in the first place to avoid a conviction or pursue reduced charges. 

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