Posted on July 30, 2019 in Drunk Driving
As many of our Arizona DUI defense blog’s readers know, everyone convicted of drunk driving in our state faces some of the harshest penalties in the nation. A first offense means that “you will be jailed for not less than 10 consecutive days and fined not less than $1,250,” the Arizona Department of Transportation says. You’ll also berequired “to equip any vehicle you operate with a certified ignition interlock device.”
Unfortunately, ignition interlock devices can register false readings. A single infraction can result in an extension of your interlock penalty for a full year.
Another problem with these devices is that in many cases people don’t understand how they operate and wind up doing something that causes it to send a signal to officials that indicates someone has tried tampering with it.
Authorities strongly advise motorists not to try tampering or otherwise defeating these sophisticated devices. Some drivers have tried to circumvent them in the following ways:
If you’ve been notified of a violation, you have just 15 days to request a hearing to contest the alleged infraction. You have the right to be represented by a qualified DUI defense attorney experienced in protecting driving privileges.