How Did I Get A DUI with an Interlock Device?

If you get a DUI in Arizona, you’re required to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for at least 6 months after you get your license reinstated. You have to blow into the device to prove that you do not have alcohol in your system before it will let you start your car. It also periodically makes you blow into it while you’re driving to prove that you’re still sober.

You can still get a DUI if your interlock device let you start your car!

An ignition interlock device only detects alcohol on your breath. It will let you start your car if you’re not under the influence of alcohol. However, the Arizona DUI law says it’s illegal to operate your vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impair your ability to drive. This includes cocaine, amphetamines, prescription drugs, marijuana, narcotics, and a long list of other substances.  You can be stone cold sober (from alcohol) and still be under the influence of another substance that impairs your driving ability to the point where a police officer will arrest you for DUI. Being able to start your car with an interlock device is not a guarantee that you can safely or legally drive.

If you get a DUI when you have an ignition interlock device, you will be charged with an aggravated DUI, which is a felony!

If you have been charged with a DUI while your vehicle was equipped with an ignition interlock device, please contact the Phoenix Arizona DUI lawyers at the DUI Law Office Oracle Law Group Office P.C.

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