If you’ve racked up multiple DUI charges in Florida, you might be required to install an interlock ignition device, or IID, on your vehicle. An IID requires you to take a breath test before you start the engine. If you fail the test, the car won’t start. This aims to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.
When is an IID required?
Typically, an IID is required if you’ve received multiple DUI charges, but some judges will order an IID after your first conviction. If your blood alcohol level was 0.15 or greater or you had a child in the car when you were arrested, you might be required to have an IID installed on your vehicle for six months. Should you get a second conviction, you might have an IID device on your car for up to a year.
A third conviction can result in two years of the IID while four or more convictions can result in five years of blowing into an IID every time you get in your vehicle. Additionally, many people don’t realize that the court doesn’t pay for the IID; you’ll have to pay for the IID out of pocket. Some manufacturers offer discounts if you’re having trouble paying for the device. Either way, it’s best to call a DUI attorney for advice about how to avoid the hassle altogether.
What happens when you’re arrested for a DUI?
An arrest doesn’t mean an automatic conviction. Once you’ve been brought to the police station, call an attorney so that they may start working on your case as soon as possible. A legal professional might be able to help you avoid a license suspension, even if you refused the breath test. Your attorney may also deal with additional charges like resisting arrest and driving with a minor in the vehicle.