Ignition Interlock Devices in Ventura

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If you have been convicted of a DUI in California, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. If you are like many, you may not be familiar with exactly what an ignition interlock device is.

What is the Ignition Interlock Device?

The ignition interlock device slightly larger than a cell phone that connects through wires to your car’s ignition. Once it is installed, your vehicle will be unable to start until the device has collected a breath sample and analyzed it to determine there is no alcohol on your breath. Once the car is started, you will be required to blow periodically into the machine to verify you are still sober enough to drive. The machine requires a monthly calibration and service. This is not a machine that is purchased, rather it is leased monthly and costs anywhere from $60-$100. The purpose of this device is to deter drivers who would have otherwise driven while over the legal limit.

Court-Ordered IID

In the state of California, a judge could require you to install an IID into your primary vehicle even if this is your first DUI. If you have been ordered by the courts to have one installed, you are required to have the device installed by an authorized installer and then you must provide proof of the installation to the courts. After this step is complete, the court will notify the DMV that you have the device installed. The DMV will put a notification on your license so police are aware you have the device installed.

The length of time you will be required to have the interlock device installed in your vehicle depends on how many previous DUI offenses you have and whether or not you were convicted as a felony or a misdemeanor. If this is your first misdemeanor DUI conviction, you could be facing up to 5 months with the ignition interlock device installed. If you were charged with felony DUI, you could be facing up to 12 months of the IID installed.

Serving Ventura County & Surrounding Areas

If you have been charged with a DUI and you wish to avoid using the ignition interlock device, the best course of action is to contact a Ventura DUI attorney to help you contest the DUI charge. Our founding attorney at The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers has been serving as a Ventura DUI lawyer since 1997. He has honed his criminal defense legal skills over the last 20 years specifically focusing on the DUI practice area of criminal defense. If you are looking for an aggressive, knowledgeable DUI attorney, look no further than The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers.

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