DUI (Driving under the Influence) is a great offense in theUS. One of the punishments given to drivers who are in breach of this law is installation of ignition interlock devices, also commonly referred to as IID in their cars and trucks.
Ignition Interlock Definition
IID is an electronic gadget that is installed in an automobile’s ignition system. The primary function of IID is preventing drunk drivers from operating their automobiles by disabling the automobile’s ignition system if the blood alcohol content is above the recommended 0.08%.
Whereas ignition interlock devices primarily function in preventing a drunk driver from operating an automobile, it also safeguards against repeat offense.
How Do Ignition Interlock Devices Work?
Before starting your car, you have to first of all take a breathalyzer test. If the alcohol level in your breath is beyond the legal limit, then your car won’t be able to start and as such you will be compelled to take a taxi or get a designated driver. Then again, the system has been designed in such a way that drivers cannot get friends take breathalyzer tests on their behalf. During the course of your journey, the IID will prompt you to provide breath samples.
When Are You Required to Install IID In Your Car?
If you are a first time offender and it is determined that there were no fatalities, injuries and damages, you may not be compelled to install an ignition interlock device. Then again, this will be at the discretion of the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle) or courts of law.
Failure to install IID after being directed by the court to do so may result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Generally, the department of motor vehicle requires the installation of ignition interlock devices after you have been arrested and convicted of DUI for the second time. You will also be required to do so if you are found to be driving on a suspended license after being arrested and convicted of DUI.
Comparison of Ignition Interlock Devices
Listed below are the different types of ignition interlock devices that are used.
1. Court Ordered Ignition Interlock Devices
After you have been directed by the Orange County DUI court to install an ignition interlock device, you have no choice but to have on fitted into your car or truck from a certified installer. Thereafter, you have to provide the presiding judge with proof that the IID has been fitted.
There are certain forms as well as procedures that are utilized by the local court to keep tabs on people who have been directed to install the devices in their cars. Failure to install a court ordered IID will result in automatic suspension of your driver license.
2. DMV Ordered Ignition Interlock Devices
If you have been arrested and convicted of DUI offense, DMV has the right to restrict your driving privileges by directing you to install IIDs.
If you have been directed by either the court or DMV to install an ignition interlock device, it is important that you hire a DUI attorney to give you legal counsel.
About Guest Post Author:
Christopher J. McCann is a practicing criminal defense lawyer Long Beach at the law offices of Christopher J. McCann who was recently awarded his 6th SuperLawyers Magazine “Rising Star” award. You can follow Chris tweets at @cjm_law_firm