The Latest Deterrence in Drunk Driving
Along with a night in jail, extensive classes, probation, and mandatory
self-help meetings, you will likely need to install an Ignition Interlock
Device (IID) in your vehicle, even if it is your first DUI, and even if
you were underage when you were convicted.
The device is wired to your ignition and alarm systems, blocking you from
starting your car if you are under the influence and blocking you from
becoming intoxicated during your drive. As the common experience is that
of a burden and nuisance, it offers first and subsequent offenders the
change in lifestyle that is needed to overcome the habit of drinking and
driving, promoting their chances at obtaining another DUI offense in the future.
How Long Do I Need to Keep the IID Installed?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the length may vary.
However, the IID is usually a DMV requirement and not something ordered
by the court. That said, the lengths are fairly predictable. Once you
have you license back, it will be automatically restricted to only being
able to drive a vehicle with the IID installed. The lengths can be broken
down as followed:
1st DUI: Usually a length of 5 months
2nd DUI: 12 to 18 months
3rd DUI: 18 to roughly 24 months
How Does It Work?
The following rules apply no matter how many DUI convictions you’ve
had or how long the duration of your IID installment:
- The individual driving the car must be the same individual testing into
- Until the restriction on your license is lifted, you will not be able to
operate a vehicle that doesn’t have an approved IID installed. For
this reason, you may need to install it in two vehicles, but certainly
in your primary vehicle, if you have more than one.
Every time you want to start your car, it will make you blow into the device
as a BAC test. It will then ask you to do it again 5-10 minutes down the
road. For every 30 minutes after that, the device will periodically ask
you to test. This is to deter the event of having a sober friend blow
into the vehicle just to get it started, while an intoxicated driver takes
over from there and drives home. The periodic tests afterward ensure that
a driver does not start the drive sober but then become intoxicated during
For any other legal matters pertaining to DUI or other criminal defense
cases, contact the Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert today.