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Will I Need an Ignition Interlock Device?

Guidance from a Dublin DUI Attorney

Those convicted of DUI will be required to attend certain programs, pay fines, and may have restricted driving privileges. A part of this sentence may include installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in the individual's vehicle. An IID is designed to prohibit access to starting a vehicle until a breath sample is given. If that breath sample shows any alcohol in the blood, the vehicle will not start.

Essentially, an ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is professionally installed on a vehicle's steering column. If no alcohol shows up in your breath, then your vehicle will start. However, there are often rolling tests, which mean the IID will request that you pull over and give a sample to ensure that you did not try to cheat the system.

Worried about having an IID installed in your vehicle? It is crucial that you obtain legal representation from a Dublin DUI attorney who can skillfully build your case and protect your rights. At Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse, we have over 30 years of experience, defending clients involved in DUI cases and can use this to help you avoid getting an IID installed in your car.

When an IID Will Is Required

A judge will order you to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle under certain circumstances. Once you have the order, you will only have 30 days to install it. Not only that, but you will be required to cover all the installation and maintenance costs for the device.

The follow is the time requirements for IID installation:

  • First offenders: Mandatory installation for 5 months
  • Second offenders: Mandatory installation for 12 months
  • Third offenders: Mandatory installation for 24 months
  • Fourth offenders: Mandatory installation for 36 months

If you fail to install an ignition interlock device, drive another vehicle, tamper with the device, or have another person blow into the breathalyzer to falsify test results, you may face a misdemeanor charge and be sentenced up to six months in jail with fines reaching up to $5,000.

The device will pick up your specific breath patterns in order to detect whether or not your breath sample is being used. All breath tests samples are recorded along with any attempt to disconnect the device. It is vital to understand and follow the ignition interlock device laws in California to ensure that you do not face additional penalties.

Obtain Legal Representation Immediately After Arrest

With top-notch legal representation from a Dublin DUI attorney, you could avoid the possibility of having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle and, more than that, having a DUI conviction on your record. The Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse can aggressively represent you in and out of the courtroom and ensure that we get the best possible outcome for your case!

Call Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse today to receive your free case evaluation with an experienced Dublin DUI attorney.

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