Ignition Interlock Devices: What You Need To Know

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If you are ever arrested and found guilty of driving under the influence, part of your punishment may be to have an IID, or an ignition interlock device, installed on your vehicle. The judge will require you to pay to have the device installed on your vehicle to help ensure you do not drive while under the influence. Here are some things you should know:

How Does an IID Work?

The IID is connected to your vehicle's ignition. Once the IDD is installed in your vehicle, you will be required to blow into the device before you can start the car. The device tests your breath for the presence of alcohol. If you test positive, the car will not start.

In addition, the IID will document the history of all your breath samples, and will also require you to submit additional breath samples as you operate your vehicle. If you have any violations, the record is typically sent to your local Department of Transportation.

What Are the Drawbacks of an IID?

n IID may seem like a straightforward and simple device, but you have to be careful. You may encounter a false positive when you blow into the device, meaning you could be totally sober but the device states you have alcohol in your system.

False positive IID results are problematic in a number of ways. First, the false positive goes on your record. Not only could you lose your driver's license, but you could also spend time in jail, depending on the circumstances of your case.

Additionally, you may have to keep the IID for a longer period of time due to a false positive breath result. All of this will hinder you for a long time and prevent you from moving forward after your DUI conviction.

What Can You Do if You Receive a False Positive?

If you do have a false positive breath result on your IID, you will receive a notice from the Department of Transportation or the Motor Vehicle Services that your IID registered a positive result. Once you receive this notice, contact your attorney right away to contest the infraction. You have a short window of time to ask for a hearing, so you need to make the call sooner than later.

If you have an IID in your vehicle and you have any questions about the device and your rights, be sure to contact a DUI defense attorney immediately.