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What is the Ignition Interlock Device?

If you are successfully convicted of a DUI, you will be facing considerable penalties. These will range from monetary fines to sentencing for jail / prison time and could also include the possibility of a driver's license suspension. In some cases you will be facing community service hours and could also face restitution to the victim if you were involved in a DUI accident with injury. These, however, are not the only penalties that can be slapped on the defendant following a conviction.

Recently, courts have been looking more and more favorably on giving what is known as the Ignition Interlock Device (IID). Put into its simplest form, the IID is considered to be a breath test. It, however, is not hand-held device. Rather, it is a machine that is installed into the vehicle of every vehicle that the defendant will driver - this includes vehicles that the machine owns and/or leases, no matter whether they are solely or jointly on the paperwork .

Brief Overview of the IID - How It Will Affect You

The main purpose of the IID is not only to punish, but rather to deter from the possibility of repeat offenders. The machine's purpose is simple. Every time that the subject gets into their vehicle, they will be required to give a breath sample to the machine. If the sample has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is over the machine's threshold - which is typically 0.02% to 0.08% - then the vehicle will start up as it normally would. If, however, the BAC is higher than this threshold, the vehicle will remain dormant and will not start up.

There are also several steps that are put into place to keep from cheating and to allow the machine's purpose to run as it was intended. One of the most notable examples of this is referred to as "rolling tests." These will occur at random intervals while driving and will require the driver to give another sample. If they do not abide by the request or give a sample that has too high of a BAC, an alarm will start to go off and will continue until the vehicle comes to a stop. The incident will then be recorded and will be printed out at a later date for the proper authorities to review.

Pasadena DUI Lawyer Defending Your Rights

If you are facing a DUI-related case, it is extremely important that you do not hesitate to get the legal assistance of a Pasadena DUI lawyer that you can trust. At Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, we have proven over the years that we truly have the best interests of our clients in mind. By working with us, you will be able to be confident knowing that we will do everything that we can to fight against the possibility of a DUI conviction. Having an IID installed is not only inconvenient - it is costly as well.

Not only will you have to pay for the cost of the installation (typically around $100 to $200), you will also have to pay for the monthly fee that is associated with it. Beyond this, you will be saddled with the cost of any maintenance or calibration that it requires over the length of your sentence. This can be difficult and can put a considerable debt in your wallet. So don't leave your future up to the whims of chance! Give us a call today and let us begin the fight for your future.

Contact a Pasadena DUI attorney from our firm today if you would like to discuss the Ignition Interlock Device, as well as the steps we can take from this possibility occurring.

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