Arizona Ignition Interlock Device Violations
Number one, when an individual is aware that a person has an Interlock device and still chooses to lease, sell or rent a vehicle without having an Ignition Interlock Device installed, that person just committed a crime. Aiding a defendant in obtaining a vehicle without an ignition device will automatically make the person at fault of committing a crime, class one misdemeanor.
Secondly, if a person aids a defendant in blowing into an Ignition Interlock Device for the vehicle to start, then that person is also at fault of committing a class one misdemeanor crime if caught. A sober person would be in violation of the law by aiding a person who is intoxicated and be operating a motor vehicle.
Thirdly, when a person who attempts to tamper with any of these Interlock devices also makes them guilty of a class one misdemeanor offense. Tampering with an Interlock device in any such way in which a person is trying to avoid having to document or record any date will also result in a misdemeanor class one.
Lastly, this is probably the most serious offense, when a person who has been assigned to operate a vehicle with an Ignition Interlock Device chose to drive without an installed device is a person committing an offense. As well as placing themselves at risk of getting charged with a more serious offense for not following a court order.
The penalty for all these offenses is a class one misdemeanor, the same classification as a minor DUI. Additionally, if convicted of this misdemeanor the MVD can extend the interlock device requirement. This means that MVD has the ability to require that a person have the ignition interlock installed one more year. Ignition interlocks devices cost a lot of money. A person has to pay to get the device installed, to get it removed and has monthly fees associated with the ignition interlock device.
There is an exception in the law where a person who has been ordered to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device can drive a vehicle without it. We would have to prove that the person had an emergency situation, i.e. driving to the hospital or checking on a dying person. The other thing that we can do in certain jurisdictions we can reduce the violation of operating a vehicle without a device to a civil traffic violation. This would be a plea down from a class one misdemeanor to a civil traffic violation. This will avoid a person having another class one misdemeanor conviction.