DUI Penalties: Ignition Interlock Device

Overview from a San Diego DUI Lawyer

One of the penalties associated with being convicted of driving under the influence is having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. An ignition interlock device, or IID, is similar to a breathalyzer in that it detects alcohol levels when exhaled into by the driver. Under California law, you may be required to install an IID if you have an exceptionally high blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest or if you have been convicted of multiple DUIs.

An ignition interlock device not only serves as a deterrent to drunk driving, but is an imposition on your freedoms and an immense expense to maintain. When you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you already have a lot on your plate. Working with Attorney Mark R. De Yoe can increase your chances of reducing or eliminating DUI charges you are facing, including having to install an IID in your car.

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How does an ignition interlock device work?

In order for the vehicle's engine to start, the driver must exhale into the ignition interlock device. If this is not done, or the IID detects blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to be higher than certain levels, the engine will not be able to be started.

Once the car is running, the IID will randomly request another test. This is to prevent the possibility of having another person breathe into the machine to start the car and an intoxicated driver actually driving it. If the test is not done, or blood alcohol content is too high, the engine does not shut off as this could be extremely dangerous. The fact of refusal or elevated BAC will be recorded, the driver will be warned and alarms will be set into motion with flashing lights and honking horns until the engine is turned off. The cost of installation and maintenance every 60 days falls to the driver.

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There are instances where having an IID installed in your vehicle may help you get your driving privileges restored with a restricted license. This can be an advantage to you. It is also true that there is added cost, embarrassment and inconvenience in having the device installed on every car registered to you. They will need to be taken in for routine maintenance which also adds cost.

If you have been ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle due to one or more DUI convictions, you should immediately contact Attorney Mark R. De Yoe. He cares deeply about each and every client he takes on. He wants to hear your side of the story and help you to reach as positive outcome as can be achieved.

Attorney De Yoe can review with you the details of your particular case and advise you on the best possible course of action. He can help you move forward and fight for a favorable resolution in your case.

If you are being charged with a DUI do not hesitate to contact a San Diego DUI attorney at Mark R. De Yoe, APLC.