Thursday, October 25, 2018

Updated Interlock Device Law In Arizona

What is an Interlock Device?

An interlock device is basically a breathalyzer that is installed in a vehicle which prevents the ignition from operating unless a person with a zero BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) blows into the device.

Previous Interlock Device Law

The law requires that vehicle owners who have been convicted of a DUI charge have one of these devices installed in their motor vehicles in order to prevent them driving while they are intoxicated. However, there was one glaring problem with this law as anyone could blow into the device and not necessarily the driver of the vehicle. This has allowed many drunk drivers to bypass the device and therefore the law and continue to drive while intoxicated presenting a hazard to the general public. With changing technology and an amendment to the existing law, it is now possible to ensure that the person blowing into the device is actually the driver of the vehicle.

New Arizona Interlock Device Law

As of 1 July 2018, the law requires that all interlocking devices must be equipped with a camera as well as a GPS tracking system. In addition, the device must allow for electronic and wireless reporting in real time. In effect, the camera photographs the person who is blowing into the device thereby ensuring that it is the actual driver of the vehicle. The GPS tracking device will be able to monitor and assess the driving actions of a driver. Both the information from the camera and GPS can be recorded or streamed live in order to monitor drivers who have been legally mandated to have the device installed in their vehicle.

How Does This Affect Existing Interlock Devices?

Any vehicle that has already been fitted will not be required to upgrade to the new interlocking devices or that any changes be made to the existing device. The previously mandated device will stay in place until their sentence and MVD requirements have been fulfilled. Further Interlock Device Requirements Arizona law further requires that the driver of the vehicle pays for the installation of the device through an authorized dealer as well as the calibration and maintenance of the device to ensure that it is operating effectively. The device needs to be inspected to ensure that it is in good working order by a certified technician every 30 days for the first 3 months. Depending on the sentence that has been handed down, the device may need to be installed anywhere from 6 months to two years. Current devices may also request rolling tests on a random basis while the vehicle is running. This is in an attempt to bypass the loophole that anyone can blow into the device. Contravening any of the laws regarding the interlock device can carry severe penalties in Arizona. It is therefore highly recommended to contact a lawyer who is experienced in the law should you be charged with a DUI. Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, can provide the best legal advice and representation regarding DUI and Interlock Device legislation.
Updated Interlock Device Law In Arizona is republished from AZCrimLaw

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

What Is a Hate Crime and How Can It Affect Me?

A hate crime can be committed against another person or property. It is a type of crime committed due to prejudice or hostility of the perpetrator towards the victim’s disability, religion or belief, ethnicity or race, sexual orientation, or transgender identity. Anyone can be a hate crime victim. In fact, you don’t have to belong to the group that is the target of the hostility. A hate incident is not the same as a hate crime, although it may feel the same to the victim of a hate incident. After all, the incident is also based on a person’s prejudice over another person’s disability, religion, race, or sexual orientation. In many cases, a hate incident escalates into a crime or tension within the community. This is why such incidents are a matter of concern for the police, although no crime has been committed. Effects of Hate Crimes Because people are different, hate crimes affect them in various ways as well. It is important to remember, however, that any change that happens in how you feel may be due to the traumatic experience that you have experienced. The fact that you know the act was deliberately done by another person makes the crime difficult to cope with. The perpetrator of a hate crime does it with the intention of causing some kind of harm on another, unlike an illness or an accident. A victim typically experiences the effects of a hate crime for a long period of time, and it is not dependent on the severity of the crime. There are people who can cope very well with different types of horrifying crimes. On the other hand, some people can be extremely distressed even by a less horrific incident. Following are some effects of experiencing a hate crime:
  • Anger or feeling upset or other strong emotions – You may become too emotional after experiencing a hate crime, and these strong emotions can result in making you more confused and unsettled. You may also feel upset, angry, or afraid. However, as mentioned, people have different reactions to crime.
  • Things falling apart – You may find things suddenly falling apart for you. Initially, you may feel quite normal, but things may quickly begin to fall apart in no time.
  • Manifestation of physical symptoms – Like some people, you may show physical symptoms like feeling ill or lack of sleep.
  • Blaming yourself – You may blame yourself for what happened, and think that you might have avoided it by having done things differently. A lot of victims either blame themselves or feel quite embarrassed to come forward and seek help. It is therefore important to keep in mind that it wasn’t your fault.
  • Long-term concerns – A hate crime may cause you to develop long-term problems like depression, anxiety, and other related illnesses. Many victims don’t experience long-term harm, although some short-term effects can be quite severe. Sometimes, victims develop long-term concerns like anxiety-related disorders, and some people have an extreme, long-lasting reaction after a hate crime (also known as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder)
Final Word A hate crime can have serious repercussions for the victim, and for the perpetrator as well. If you find yourself in the victim of such a crime, Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law, can assist you as a representative of victims. This way, you can be sure that your rights are well-protected at all times.
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