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What If My Ignition Interlock Device Fails

If you get a DUI in Arizona, you will be required to equip your vehicle with an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months after your driving privileges are restored. You must blow into this device and prove that your blood alcohol content is below the preset limit determined by the machine before it will allow your vehicle to start. If you fail to provide a breath sample when requested or your blood alcohol content is over the preset limit in the machine, it will not allow you to start the vehicle.

You must also blow into the device at random intervals during each trip to be able to continue to drive your vehicle. If you are driving when you fail the breath test, it will sound an alarm or honk your horn until you turn the ignition off and it will not let you start your vehicle for a pre-determined interval of time. The ignition interlock device has a computer chip that records the results of all your breath tests. All your breath test results will be downloaded every time your device is serviced.

If you fail a breath test by failing to blow or blowing a blood alcohol content that is too high, it will be a violation, which can have serious implications. You could lose your driving privileges, have the time required to have an interlock device extended, and you could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor. You may also be required to pay a fine to the company that provides your device for each violation.

Ignition interlock devices are imperfect. They must be recalibrated every month. It is possible that you could have no alcohol in your blood and the machine could record a blood alcohol level that is above the preset threshold and lock up. You should always challenge every test results that showed you failed the ignition interlock device breath test. You should not be punished if you have done nothing wrong.

If you have been arrested for DUI or accused of failing an ignition interlock device breath test, please contact an attorney for DUI at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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