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Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition Interlock Devices

DUI Defense Attorney Serving San Mateo County: Ignition Interlock Devices

Certain individuals who are convicted of drunk driving in the state of California may be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in their vehicle. This is in addition to other DUI-related penalties, including fines, incarceration, probation, and others.

If you are facing drunk driving charges for the first, second, third, or subsequent time, do not wait to discuss your options with an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Attorney Shelley D. Dwyer serves clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in DUI defense matters. She can explain the implications of having an ignition interlock device installed on your car and potential legal options.

Call 650-367-8500 or contact a San Mateo County ignition interlock device lawyer for a free initial consultation

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is essentially a portable Breathalyzer test that is installed in a vehicle. Before the vehicle can be started, the driver must blow into the IID. If the individual’s blood alcohol content level registers above the designated limit, the car will not start.

In certain counties in California (including Alameda County, Tulare County, Los Angeles County, and Sacramento County), an individual who is convicted of drunk driving for the first time must install an ignition interlock device in his or her car. Otherwise, an IID is typically installed after an individual is convicted of DUI for the second or subsequent time.

The length of time an individual is required to have an IID installed in his or her car varies, but can range from a few months to a few years. An IID can cost a lot of money. Many companies charge individuals a daily rental fee, plus the cost of installing the device.

Contact a Redwood City IID Attorney

Have you been charged with DUI? You may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car if you are convicted, and you may face additional DUI penalties. To learn about your defense options and ways to avoid having an IID installed in your car, please contact us today at 650-367-8500. We offer a free initial consultation.