As an Orange County DUI firm, we deal with all sorts of issues relating to Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs). In this post, we are going to discuss whether the court or Department of Motor Vehicles can require you to install an IID after your driver’s license has been reinstated.
Let’s say that you pled guilty to two DUIs within a period of 10 years. You completed all of the court-ordered requirements, for example, you paid your fines, did your community service, attended AA meetings and completed the DUI program, and the DMV reinstated your driver’s license.
You thought you were in the clear, but you just received a letter in the mail from the DMV that says you have to install an IID for the next two years. Can the DMV do that?
Can the DMV order an IID now?
Can the DMV do that? Unfortunately, YES, they can. If this happens to you, this is what you have to do next:
1) You have to install an IID on your vehicle for the next two years, or
2) Hire a DUI defense attorney to handle this matter for you at the DMV.
In case you didn’t already know, the IID is a small device, not much bigger than your cell phone, that’s hooked up to your car’s ignition. You cannot start your vehicle until you have provided an alcohol-free sample of your breath.
As you drive, the IID requires periodic breath samples to ensure that you are not drinking and driving.
When the court says that you have to install an IID, you must have the device installed by an authorized installer and you have to show proof that it was installed to the court. Otherwise, you’ll lose your privilege to drive.
Once the court receives proof, it notifies the DMV of your IID requirement. The DMV then marks your driving record so if you are ever stopped by the police, they will know that you’re required to have an IID installed in your vehicle.
If you are ordered to install an IID and you fail to do so, the court will notify the DMV and your driver’s license can be suspended until the device is installed.
If you received letter about an IID requirement, an Orange County DUI lawyer from our firm can handle this issue at the DMV for you. Call today to learn more!