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
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.
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.
Speak With A San Diego DUI Defense Lawyer!
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
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.