Ignition interlock devices are often mandatory for drivers with DUIs to get back on the road. Sometimes your Del Mar DUI defense lawyer will be able to help you fight having such a device in your car, while other times, he may help you get back on the road sooner by agreeing to have one installed. Before you discuss these options with your Pacific Beach drunk driving attorney, here are a few basics about ignition interlock devices, or IIDs.
An ignition interlock device operates similar to a breathalyzer test only it has the power to stop you from drinking and driving. If you have such a device in your car, you will have to provide a breath sample in order to start your vehicle and again at a random time interval during your trip. The first breath is to make sure someone drunk is not trying to drive a vehicle, the second is to ensure the driver did not have someone else provide a breath sample while the operator continued to drive drunk.
When the device measures alcohol in the first breath sample, it will not start the car, but if it measures alcohol in the second sample or if the driver does not provide a breath sample, it will cause the car’s lights to start flashing and the horn to start blaring until the vehicle has been brought to a complete stop and turned off.
Those who have received a first time DUI in San Diego county generally won’t have to have an IID installed, but other counties require all persons convicted of drunk driving to install such a device. Additionally, the San Diego City Attorney has been requesting the court to impose the installation of these devices in first offenses involving high blood alcohol levels. In all California counties, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device after you receive a second DUI. Anyone required to have such a device installed will be required to pay for the installation and maintenance of the IID.
In some cases, offering to install an ignition interlock device will reduce the license suspension you are required to go through. Your Clairemont Mesa DUI attorney can help you negotiate such a deal so you can get back to driving as soon as possible.
If you feel that having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle is not a fair penalty or that you cannot afford to install and maintain the device, please discuss this with your Solona Beach drunk driving defense lawyer. Whatever your needs regarding an IID, Peter M. Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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