Getting a breathalyzer installed in a car is one of the more common questions I’ll receive if a person has been arrested for a DUI. If convicted, there are certain things that are simply non-negotiable. One of the things that cannot be negotiated is a breathalyzer. Depending on the severity of the DUI, a breathalyzer will have to be installed anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
When we provide consultations with potential clients, it is common for them to ask what the possibilities are of getting their case dismissed. When we’re doing a consultation, we are working off very limited information. We advise our potential clients of the minimum penalties all the way to the maximum penalties. It is not unusual for people to then ask if there is any way around these penalties. For most of the penalties associated with a DUI, the only way out is through a complete case dismissal. Unfortunately, a complete case dismissal can only be evaluated if a lawyer is fully involved with the case.
Having a breathalyzer installed in a vehicle is a significant inconvenience. Especially if a person has to drive for work. When I first became a lawyer many years ago, there were exceptions for people who had to drive a company vehicle. Now, those exceptions no longer apply. The way the law is written, any vehicle that you drive has to have a breathalyzer installed. There are no exceptions. When you have a breathalyzer installed in a car, every time you start the vehicle you will have to blow into the breathalyzer. Someone other than yourself can drive the car, but you cannot drive a car unless it has a breathalyzer installed. Depending on where you get the breathalyzer installed, the cost will range anywhere from $75 to $100.
Because Arizona is a tourist state, many of our clients live somewhere else, one of the very many benefits of hiring our law firm is we can help you find a breathalyzer company in your home state that will satisfy all the requirements of Arizona law.
Now, the largest take away from this blog is, if you have any interest in avoiding a breathalyzer requirement, you will need to have the case dismissed. The chances of getting your DUI case dismissed without a lawyer is about as close to zero as you could possibly get. When you hire a law firm like ours, your chances will significantly increase. Me personally, I would never want to have a breathalyzer installed in my car. It will be embarrassing, costly, and an inconvenience. If I was in the situation, I would do everything I could possibly do to avoid this from happening. This would include hiring the most aggressive DUI law firm I could find. If you have questions about a breathalyzer requirement stemming from a DUI arrest or conviction, please call our office to discuss.