California's Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs)

If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County, you face the possibility of having a judge order that you install what is called an Ignition Interlock Device, otherwise known as an IID. You’ve probably heard about IIDs before, they are the devices that are wired to your vehicle’s ignition – they are mini breathalyzer tests.

In order for the engine to start, you have to provide an alcohol-free breath sample, and you have to continue providing these breath samples intermittently throughout your trip.

Legally, the person who was ordered to have the IID installed on their vehicle is required to provide the breath samples, they cannot have a sober friend do this for them. In fact, those who assist in the circumvention of an IID face criminal penalties, including jail time.

Will I be ordered to install an IID?

It depends, judges have the authority to order Ignition Interlock Devices for any alcohol-related offense. Generally speaking, a judge can order the installation of an IID for up to three years in any case where they believe it’s appropriate.

With a first DUI offense, IIDs are typically ordered when the driver’s BAC was at 0.15% or above, or if they refused to submit to a chemical test (breath, blood, or urine). A driver may be ordered to install an IID if they are convicted of violating any one of the following:

  • Vehicle Code 14601 VC
  • Vehicle Code 23152a VC or 23152b VC
  • Vehicle Code 23153 VC

Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Program

On July 1, 2010, an IID pilot program went into effect. Under the pilot program, all first-time offenders convicted of DUI in any one of the four pilot counties (Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare) must install a certified IID in each vehicle that they operate. The IID restriction ranges from 5 to 48 months.

Pilot program participants are determined by the county where the violation occurred, not the driver’s county of residence. For example, if you live in Irvine but were arrested for your first DUI in Hollywood with a BAC of .09%, you would likely be ordered to install an IID.

If you are ordered to install an Ignition Interlock Device, you will be responsible for the installation, calibration, and maintenance costs. However, if you cannot afford to pay the costs of the IID, you may be allowed to pay only a portion of the costs.

Contact an Orange County DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to fight your DUI charges. Schedule your free case evaluation with one of Orange County’s premier DUI defense firms!

Related Posts
  • How Will a DUI Impact Your Insurance Rates? Read More
  • Ultimate Guide to DUI Court Procedures Read More
  • 4 Types of DUI Charges Read More