Lose your license, gain an ignition interlock device

If you are a repeat DUI offender, the court may order you to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

The IID will enable you to drive again, but you must first complete your statutory license suspension.

The IID explained

Connected to the wiring in your engine, an ignition interlock device is a small, cellphone-sized computer that records the blood alcohol concentration level in your system. When you blow into the attached mouthpiece, your BAC must be less than 0.02 percent in order for the vehicle to start. There will also be random retests as you drive.

How to obtain an IID

If you have a second or subsequent DUI conviction, you must turn your license plates over to the state for the duration of your driver’s license suspension. To obtain an ignition interlock device, you must apply to the convicting court. If the court orders you to participate in the program, you must submit an application and a nonrefundable fee of $105.00. Once you receive approval for an IID, you must visit an authorized company and present any documents required, such as your eligibility letter, to have the equipment installed.

Seeking assistance locally

A driver’s license suspension of any length is a hardship for most people. For a second DUI offense within a 10-year period, you could lose your license for 12 to 18 months; for a third offense, 24 to 36 months. Therefore, if you face a charge of repeat DUI offender, explore your legal options.

An experienced criminal defense firm familiar with the convicting court can launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Law enforcement officers sometimes make administrative errors. Breath tests are not infallible. The goal is to secure the best outcome possible for your case. There is always the possibility that you will not lose your driving privileges after all and will not have to endure the companionship of an ignition interlock device.