What Are Ignition Interlock Devices?

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If you have been convicted of a DUI offense in which the penalties imposed include the installation of an ignition interlock device, you need to find out how they work, what it costs to install the device, and what to expect. These devices are usually referred to as IID's, and the court can decide whether you are enough of a risk of drunk driving that it is mandated that once your license is restored (after a period of suspension or revocation) you cannot drive until any vehicle you operate is equipped with the device.

The IID is essentially a breath testing device that will not allow your vehicle to start if there is the presence of alcohol in your breath. The device will prompt to you to breathe into it, and if you are "clean," only then can you start your car. There is a cost for installation, as well as for maintenance of the device, which must be done about every 2 months. All of the information gathered by the device is sent to the authorities.

If you have been convicted of DUI offense and the penalties include the installation of an IID, you are in for a long period of hassle and embarrassment. The breath testing unit is obvious to any person who rides along with you in your car. You will also be subject to the costs of installation, maintenance and ensuring that the data is submitted to the authorities.

You do have another option – you could fight back against the charges, by hiring a Santa Ana DUI lawyer that knows what it takes to win in court. At our firm, Moises Aguilar, Esq., we offer services in both Spanish and English, we are fighters, and we can help you with any DUI legal matter.

If you need to seek a restricted license, we urge you to come to us for help. It is almost impossible to function in Southern California without a driver's license, and if you drive to work, school or carry children from place to place, you need to be able to operate a vehicle legally. If you are required to get an IID installed in your car, we can help you and advise you about how this can be accomplished and what to do. We are on your side – call our firm now.