California takes DWI convictions very seriously. Being convicted of a DWI will come with severe repercussions such as jail time, surcharges, fines, and alcohol education courses. It is possible that courts might also require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the convicted individual’s vehicles. If you have been convicted of a DWI and are facing the consequences of an ignition interlock device, continue reading to understand the requirements of a consequence such as this. Reach out to our experienced firm to discuss your options.
How does an ignition interlock device work?
An ignition interlock device is about the size of a cell phone and will be wired into your vehicle’s ignition. The purpose of an ignition interlock device is to prevent drivers from driving under the influence by requiring the driver to provide a breath sample before the engine will start. The IID will detect any alcohol on your breath. If it does detect alcohol, the engine will not start. It is also designed to require breath samples periodically throughout the drive to prevent drivers from using another person’s breath to start their vehicle. It will also ensure the continued absence of alcohol in the driver’s system. It has been proved that there has been a 40-95% reduction in the rate of repeated drunk driving offenses when the IID remained in the individual’s vehicle.
What should I know about an ignition interlock device?
Certain laws require that DWI offenders require installing an IID. A court may also order the installation of an IID. If the DMV sends you a letter of suspension or revocation about regaining your driving privileges, it is possible that you will require a mandatory IID installation depending on the circumstances and which DUI law applies to your conviction. Installation facilities must install IIDs that are authorized by DMV.
It is possible that your driving privileges could be suspended if you do not comply with your ignition interlock device restrictions. Some of the following noncompliance 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, and failing three or more times with the requirement for maintenance or calibration within 60 days.
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Whether you’ve been injured in an accident due to negligence or you’ve been charged with a DUI, you cannot afford to proceed without strong legal representation at your side. Here at The Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, we are dedicated to helping all those in need of an attorney who can efficiently fight for their rights. Contact our firm today so we can discuss your case.