Some individuals who are convicted of drunk driving are required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle(s). This device prevents an individual from starting their car if the IID sensor detects any alcohol on the person's breath. Both the California Courts and the DMV can order DUI offenders to have the IID installed.
It is important to note that if you were given an IID restriction, you will be responsible for paying installation costs, monitoring costs, calibration costs and the cost of the device itself in addition to a security deposit which you will get back at the end of your restriction provided that the device is still in good working order.
However, the state of California does provide some relief to DUI offenders who cannot afford to pay for the IID restriction. In most cases, when a driver cannot afford the IID fees, the court, DMV or IID provider will allow the individual to pay the fees by way of a payment plan that better suits the offender's budget than a one-time upfront fee.
If you are wondering how much the IID will cost, this varies by location and provider. There are many registered providers in Orange County. Contact our firm for more information on finding a registered and affordable IID manufacturer.
Visit the California DMV website to learn more about the ignition interlock device program. At The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we fight so that our clients are not convicted of drunk driving and so they don't have to face penalties such as the IID. However, the IID can actually be a way for those under DUI license suspension to drive. To learn more about the IID, contact an Orange County DUI lawyer at our firm today.