Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are becoming more common in California. They can be ordered by a judge in just about any DUI case. Depending on the specifics of the case, even a first-time offender may be required to install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle. In Los Angeles County, they are required for all first offenses (California Vehicle Code 23700).
At Ridley Defense, we know the specific DUI laws in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Southern California. We will evaluate your DUI case to determine whether an ignition interlock device is appropriate. We understand that these devices are expensive and can be troublesome to maintain. You can rely on attorney Douglas H. Ridley’s experience — he is a former district attorney who understands how the prosecution operates. Talk to us today about your case. We offer a complimentary consultation at 805.953.7624. Call us 24/7 for assistance.
An ignition interlock device is often ordered when a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .15 percent or higher, or when it is a subsequent DUI offense. If a judge orders you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicles, you must do so at your own expense. The installation costs and other fees can add up quickly. You must also have the IID inspected and calibrated at least once every 60 days.
Ignition interlock devices work like a Breathalyzer test that is attached to your vehicle. You will not be able to start your car, or keep driving it, if you do not blow into the IID. The device sends data on your usage to the court or to the California DMV, depending on the case.
IIDs are costly, and following the regulations can be a hassle, but they do allow many people to get their driving privileges back sooner. Without an ignition interlock device, people with multiple DUI offenses or a DUI with aggravating factors may face lengthy license suspensions with very restricted privileges — or no privileges at all.
Talking to a lawyer will help you understand how an IID will affect you and your DUI defense case. Call Ridley Defense today at (805) 208-1866 or contact our firm online. Your consultation is complimentary.