I've been charged with a DUI and I don't own a car, how do I deal with the IID?

by Aaron Black • June 21, 2016
Ignition Interlock DeviceIf you were ordered to install an interlock on your vehicle in Scottsdale, Az as part of your DUI plea or conviction, ARS 28-1461 requires that your driving privilege remain suspended or revoked until you can provide proof of a functioning interlock on each motor vehicle that you operate. This still applies even though you may not be the registered owner of the vehicle that you have permission to operate.

Arizona law requires the use of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) also known as Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) for at least one year. This begins from the date that your driving privilege is revoked or from the date you receive the report of conviction, whichever occurs later. In situations where you do not legally own a vehicle or you simply do not intend to operate a vehicle during the suspension, your driving privilege will still remain suspended or revoked until you install an interlock on a vehicle in order to reinstate your driving privilege.

Articles ARS 28-3319 (D) and (E) reinforces the above statement.

ARS 28-3319 – D

On receipt of a report of conviction from a court, the department will require any motor vehicle that the convicted person operates to be equipped with a functioning certified ignition interlock device and the convicted person must meet the requirements prescribed in section 28-1461 as follows: 

1. For twelve months if: 
(a)The person is convicted of a violation of section 28-1381 or section 28-1382, subsection A, paragraph 1 or section 28-1383, subsection A, paragraph 3, subdivision (a).

ARS 28-3319 - E

The requirement prescribed in subsection D of this section begins on the date of reinstatement of the person's driving privilege following a suspension or revocation or on the date of the department's receipt of the report of conviction, whichever occurs later. 

Based on my reading of the statute, if you have been convicted of a DUI and you want the ability to legally drive, you simply cannot just sit out the suspension. At some point you will have to install the ignition interlock on a vehicle that you have access to in order to have your driving privilege reinstated.

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Scottsdale and are having problems getting your license reinstated, click here to contact me or call 480-729-1683 to set up a free consultation today!