Ignition Interlock Devices | How Do They Work?

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Ignition Interlock Devices | How Do They Work?

DWI convictions result in severe repercussions such as fines, surcharges, alcohol education courses, and jail time. Individuals who are convicted of a DWI may also be required to install an ignition interlock device. To learn more about ignition interlock devices, continue reading and reach out to our experienced Sacramento criminal defense attorney.

How does an ignition interlock device work?

An ignition interlock device is wired into your vehicle’s ignition to prevent you from driving under the influence. The device requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. The device detects any alcohol on your breath. If there is any detection of alcohol, the car will not start. It is designed to require breaths samples through the drive as well. This is a way to prevent drivers from using another person’s breath to start their car. There is a 40-95% reduction in the rate of repeat drunk driving offenses with the installation of ignition interlock devices.

What should I know about ignition interlock devices?

Certain DWI offenders will be required to install an ignition interlock device under Georgia law. A court may also order the installation of an IID. It is possible that you will require a mandatory IID installation depending on the circumstances of which DUI law applies to your conviction. You may receive a letter of suspension or revocation from the DMV about regaining your driving privileges where you will learn if you require the installation of an IID. Installation facilities must install IIDs that are authorized by DMV.

If you do not comply with your ignition interlock device restriction, you could risk having your driving privileges suspended. Noncompliance actions include the following:

  • Falling to service the IID within 60 days
  • Attempting to bypass the IID
  • Tampering with the IID
  • Attempting to remove the IID
  • Tailing three or more times with the requirement for maintenance or calibration within 60 days

If you have been convicted of a DWI and require the installation of an ignition interlock device, do not hesitate to retain the services of our experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal team is prepared to advocate for you. We will explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. To learn more about how we can assist you, give our firm a call today.

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