If you have already installed an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle or will soon have one installed due to a court order following a DUI conviction, you may have some questions about the process, what impact it will have on your routine, and what to expect when the time comes for the interlock device removal. On the one hand, IIDs offer the opportunity to return to normal life with limited restrictions on how you are able to participate in your day-to-day activities. When facing a DUI conviction, you are also facing limitations on your freedom, hefty fines, and even incarceration. In light of those penalties, an IID is clearly more conducive to getting back on your feet and returning to work, family functions, and household responsibilities as quickly as possible.
Even though getting an IID is usually preferable to the alternative outcomes, it can still be intimidating and confusing. This article aims to answer some of the most common questions that individuals have about their IID restrictions and how to go about interlock device removal.
6 Things You Need To Know About Your Interlock Device Removal
1. What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?
The first thing you’ll want to know is what an IID actually does. The term IID refers to a device that is installed on a motor vehicle in order to reduce the likelihood of operation while under the influence of alcohol. Typically, the device is about the size of a cell phone and connects to the car’s dash. In Arizona, the installation of an IID must be accompanied by the installation of a global positioning system (GPS) and a camera. This additional technology is used in the monitoring of IID compliance and will be in communication with the Department of State.
2. Why do you receive an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in Arizona?
If you have been convicted of a DUI in the state of Arizona, one condition of your return to driving may be the use of an IID on any vehicle that you operate. Typically, this requirement lasts for six months to one year from the date of the conviction. The requirement can be longer depending on the details of the conviction and can be lengthened due to violations.
3. How is the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) monitored in Arizona?
Information about an individual’s compliance with the IID requirements is regularly sent to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD). That Department will receive electronic communication regarding the use of the IID including a picture of the individual using the device when the vehicle is operated. In some instances, the manufacturers of the IID install a camera with video capabilities in order to ensure a clear image of the user, but in these cases, only a still picture is sent to the MVD. Any violation of the IID is reported to the MVD in real-time on a daily basis.
In addition, the device must be recalibrated at a minimum of every 90 days. Failure to comply will result in a driver’s license suspension, and the initial time of the IID use will start over.
4. What happens if I drive a vehicle that does not have an Ignition Interlock Device installed?
The requirement to use an IID when operating a motor vehicle extends to all motor vehicles that you use. If you are found driving a vehicle without an IID, you face the extension of your requirement to use an IID for an additional twelve months beyond the initial requirement. In the event that you have a new vehicle, you have 72 hours to get an IID installed on that vehicle before you face violations.
If you have multiple vehicles, you are required to have an IID on all of them. If you cannot afford multiple installations or choose to leave some vehicles without an IID installed, you are not permitted to drive those vehicles.
5. What happens if I attempt interlock device removal on my own?
Any attempt to remove the IID before the date of removal will result in an extension of the IID requirement. Removal of the device is reported electronically to the MVD, and you will have 72 hours to have an IID installed before your driving privileges will be immediately suspended and the time required for using the IID starts over.
6. How does interlock device removal work in Arizona?
When you have reached the end of your required time period to use an IID, you should first contact the MVD to ensure that your required compliance period has been completely fulfilled. Premature removal of the device can cause suspension of driving privileges and an extension of the IID requirement. Violations reported to the MVD can extend the time period in which you must have an IID, so it is very important to contact the MVD before moving forward with the removal.
If you have a DUI conviction in Arizona and are now facing the use of an IID or interlock device removal, you may have questions about the next steps and what options are available to you. The aftermath of a DUI conviction can be confusing and overwhelming. Reach out to an experienced attorney who is here to help with any questions you may have. Contact us today for a free consultation.