An ignition interlock device (IID) is one of several harsh penalties that may result from a DUI conviction. This mechanism operates in such a way as to prevent an intoxicated driver from operating his or her vehicle. The driver of the vehicle exhales into the device before the engine of the car or truck can start up. The IID then measures the blood alcohol content of the driver, and if the BAC exceeds the device's limit (commonly .02% or .04%), the engine will not start.
Understanding the Ignition Interlock Device
IIDs are often installed upon a second DUI within five years of the first DUI, or after an individual has been charged with two or more DUIs. Repeat DUI offenders are commonly subjected to this penalty. IIDs are usually installed for a period of 6 to 12 months.
At Weintraub & Alper Legal, we know how troubling the IID can be. Our Atlanta ignition interlock device lawyer offers clients guidance and instruction for those who face the IID penalty. Proper handling and use of the device can prevent any further legal trouble.
Don't get left in the dark. Contact our firm today to learn more about the ignition interlock device and how we may help you through the legal procedures!
Frequently Asked Questions about Ignition Interlock Devices
Will the IID detect alcohol-based medications? Yes. IIDs are designed to detect any amount of alcohol, regardless of its source. In fact, IIDs have been known to detect mouthwash, cough syrup, and other medications too. Typically, you will learn about these risks during your IID training session. If you use mouthwash, the IID may detect it on your breath and register a "fail" in its memory bank. To avoid false readings, allow the mouthwash to dissipate from your mouth before using the IID.
Can I obtain an IID waiver? Under certain circumstances, drivers can obtain "hardship waivers" to avoid using the IID. In other words: you must be able to demonstrate that the IID is a financial hardship. If your petition is accepted, a judge may give you the IID waiver. If you cannot demonstrate a serious financial hardship related to the IID, your petition will not be granted. Talk to the legal team at Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub to see what our DUI lawyers can do for your case. With an aggressive lawyer fighting for you, you may be able to obtain an IID waiver.
Can other people driver my car with the IID attached? Other motorists are allowed to operate your car, but they must pass the IID. Additionally, any driver that may use the vehicle (such as a spouse or family member) should receive the proper training. If another driver fails the test, you will be held responsible for the failure. In other words, you will be held accountable for every result that the IID records – even if someone else is actually driving the car.
What happens if I forget my service appointment? Most of the time, your IID will remind you. For instance: the IID may flash or make noise if it needs any kind of service. If you ignore the reminder and avoid your service appointment, the IID will eventually turn off your car, lock you out of the IID system and not allow you to restart it.
What happens if I leave my car running? The IID may randomly ask for a breath sample at any time. If you do not produce a sample, IID will log the incident as a failure. This feature is designed to keep participants from leaving their cars running outside of a bar to avoid taking the breath test. Some designs honk the car horn until the driver turns it off.
Preventing IID Installation in Georgia
The ignition interlock device comes with substantial hardship. Not only are driving privileges commonly restricted to employment, academic, and other necessary responsibilities, but individuals are also in charge of paying for the device's installation and maintenance. Trying to work around the IID or tampering may only result in additional legal penalties.
The best way to minimize the harsh effects of an IID is preventing the penalty or reducing the required time of its use. With the help of our DUI defense lawyer in Atlanta, you may find a positive resolution. Whether you submit an Ignition Interlock Waiver Application to obtain a limited permit or contest the DUI charges, we may help you pursue an effective course of legal action.
55+ Years of Experience in DUI Defense & Procedures
As former prosecutors, our Atlanta ignition interlock device attorneys bring valuable experience to our clients' defenses. When it comes to defending against DUI charges and minimizing penalties, it pays to know both sides of the courtroom. By contesting the evidence brought against you, our team may be able to secure a case dismissal or even have you acquitted of the DUI charge. There are many ways to handle the penalties of an ignition interlock device—explore your legal options with our criminal defense team fighting in your corner!
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