Ignition interlock devices (IID) are machines that will prevent a driver
from starting their vehicle if it detects alcohol on their breath. This
will require that the driver blow into the device for some time, similar
to the breathalyzer used by police in a DUI arrest, in order to read their
BAC. If a certain amount of alcohol (usually a very low amount) is detected,
the car will not start. A driver will have to wait to sober up before
they are able to drive their car if their BAC is too high.
Is having an ignition interlock device really so bad?
In order to ensure that drivers do not cheat the IID by having a sober
friend blow into the device to start the car, IIDs often have systems
built in that require periodic checks of sobriety. At points during the
drive, the driver will be prompted to breathe into the device. If it reads
alcohol while they are driving, law enforcement will be notified and the
driver may face penalties for attempting to bypass an IID.
A California driver may be forced to install an IID for a first-time DUI
conviction should the judge decide that it is necessary. This usually
occurs when a BAC is extremely high or when a breath test was refused.
Some counties in the state require that a first-time driver have an IID
installed no matter what the details of the case.
IIDs can be a costly penalty for individuals convicted of DUI. For example,
motorists will be required to pay for installation and removal costs,
as well as calibration fees that can be assessed monthly. Violations can
also cost motorists more in fees. The monthly costs also go to keeping
law enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles aware of any time
that the driver blows into the device with a measurable BAC.
IIDs are a common penalty in felony and multiple DUI cases.
With the measurable costs and criminal penalties that can arise from having
an IID, avoiding an IID in a car is ideal. Hiring a DUI defense lawyer
can help. Working to reduce or eliminate charges can lessen the likelihood
that the privilege to drive will not be hampered by a restrictive device.
If you have questions about your case and how the Law Offices of Virginia
L. Landry, Inc. may be able to protect your from the penalties you face,
contact our firm today.