Will I need an ignition interlock device after a drunk driving conviction?

Will I need an ignition interlock device after a drunk driving conviction?

If you drove drunk and are now facing a conviction, you should know that you may be asked to have an ignition interlock device, or IID, installed on your vehicle in the future. An IID is a device that prevents you from starting your car and driving if you have too much alcohol in your blood or breath. 

Most IIDs are small, handheld devices that are installed on your ignition. When you are ready to start your vehicle, the device may ask for a sample of your breath. If the IID determines that you are over the preset limit, the device will not allow your vehicle to start. If your breath sample is below the limit, your car will start. 

When do you get an ignition interlock device?

You may have an ignition interlock device if you seek a temporary license when your license is suspended. You may still be restricted in where you can drive, but the IID could give you the opportunity to obtain a temporary license. 

If your chemical test result was over .15%, the likelihood is that you will not be able to get a restricted license. Depending on the offense, the state may still ask you to use an IID once you begin to drive again after your license is finally restored.

Every person’s situation is a little different with DUIs, which is why it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about an IID and what you can do to keep your license. You may be able to defend yourself successfully or find ways to keep your license by suggesting the use of an IID to the court. Our website has more information on what to do if you’re facing DUI charges.