Ignition Interlock Devices
West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer – (561) 475-5550
Both the criminal justice system of Florida and its Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) are notorious for exacting harsh penalties against people
convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). A prime example of its steep punishments is its mandatory inclusion
of ignition interlock devices (IID) in many DUI sentencings. Even on first-time
DUI convictions with a clean criminal history and spotless driving record,
a convicted individual will most likely be penalized by the inclusion
of IID installation in sentencing.
Are you concerned that you may be facing heavy criminal penalties if you
are convicted of a DUI, including IID installation?
Contact West Palm Beach DUI Attorney Greg Rosenfeld to schedule a free defense
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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is a relatively small piece of electronic
equipment that is actually installed directly inside the cab of your car,
next to the ignition switch. It will have a small rubber nozzle that may
be replaced periodically for some models. To start your vehicle, you must
breath into the device, wait five minutes, and breathe into it again,
passing the pre-programmed blood alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold
each time. Additionally, you must breathe into the device for another
test every time it beeps, which will be about twice an hour. If your BAC
level reports higher than the IID’s programmed threshold, the vehicle
will not be able to start and ultimately the court will become aware.
When you are ordered to have an IID in your car, you must:
- Find a mechanic authorized to install ignition interlock devices and schedule
your own appointment – the court will not handle this for you.
- Attend the appointment and have the IID installed, paying any installation
fees at the time.
- Blow into the IID whenever you try to start the vehicle – the prompt
to provide a breath sample will usually load a few seconds after turning the key.
- Ensure the device stays calibrated by completing any necessary routine
- Return to mechanic to have the IID removed when all sentencing requirements
of your DUI conviction are completed.
Many IIDs will be installed for a full year after your license is reinstated,
assuming it was suspended. The installation time could differ based on
DMV prerequisites. Additionally, you will most likely need to pay taxes
for each month the IID is installed in your car. The tax amount may also
range but is often at least
$100 per month.
Trusted Defense Counsel in West Palm Beach
The only avenue to have confidence that you future is protected and that
the criminal justice system will stay honest is to retain counsel in your
DUI case right away. Call
(561) 475-5550 to talk to West Palm Beach DUI Attorney Greg Rosenfeld of the Law Offices
of Greg Rosenfeld. Be sure to act quickly, as you may only have 10 days
to challenge the suspension of your license.
Contact the firm today for a free case evaluation.
Do not hesitate to call Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A. for a
case evaluation at (561) 475-5550