Installation Of An Ignition Interlock Device After A DUI Conviction
When a person is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), there are usually a wide range of consequences depending on how many other DUI convictions the person has. In some cases, after a person is convicted of a DUI, the court may order that the person have an ignition interlock device installed in their car as part of the sentence.
An ignition interlock device is a piece of equipment that is designed to prohibit a person from operating a vehicle, in which the device is installed, while intoxicated. These devices allow a person who has been granted limited driving privileges to drive while serving a DUI sentence that does not involve incarceration. Having an ignition interlock device installed is a prerequisite to getting full driving privileges reinstated.
While having an ignition interlock device may be optional for a first-time offender, it is mandatory for a person with two or more DUI convictions who is still allowed to drive. For first time offenders who were convicted of having a blood alcohol level (BAL) reading of 0.15 or more, the installation of an ignition interlock device is mandatory before the person’s license is reinstated. The readings from the device are monitored regularly by a certified provider, and violations are reported.
Once the device is installed, a driver who wishes to drive the car must first blow into the device in order for it to test whether the driver has been consuming alcohol. If the device detects high levels of alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car will not start or otherwise be operable for a period of time. Once the device is installed in a particular car, anyone driving the car has to breath into the device, even drivers who are not under restriction, as long as they wish to drive the car.
If the person with a driving restriction drives an employer car to and from work, the person does not need to have an ignition interlock device installed on the employer’s car. However, in order to operate the car legally without the device, the employer has to provide a letter authorizing the use of the car, and the driver must keep the letter with the car and provide it to the police upon request if stopped.
The cost of installing an ignition interlock device is paid by the driver who is required to get it. If the person cannot afford to make the payments, the court can order that part of the fines the person has to pay for the DUI conviction be used to cover the installation.
Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney
Having an option to keep driving despite a DUI conviction can be invaluable to keeping your job and meeting other obligations in your life. If you are charged with a DUI, you may also have various defenses available to you to avoid a conviction or losing your license. If you are facing DUI charges in West Palm Beach, Florida, contact Scott Berry Law for a free consultation with an experienced DUI attorney today.