California Ignition Interlock Devices

ignition interlock in california

According to the California DUI laws, it is obligatory starting from 2010 that any person convicted of a DUI( even if it is the first DUI offense) in the counties of Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento and Tulare have installed an Ignition Interlock Device(IID) on his or her vehicle and purchase an SR22 insurance policy before the reinstating of the driver’s license.

Once a person blows into the tube, it starts working. IID analyzes whether it is exceeded or not the allowable BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). If the IID registers the content more than a predetermined amount of alcohol (depending on the device, it varies from 0.01% to 0.04%) in the breath, the vehicle’s ignition will be blocked.

According to California Vehicle Code § 23247, it is forbidden to blow instead of someone else into IID. Moreover, any person convicted of a violation shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than six months or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

Nonetheless the installation of IID can be enough beneficial for some DUI offenders because it permits to avoid some severe punishments like jail time or suspension of a driver’s license. In addition, IID can give an opportunity to keep driving privilege or obtain a restricted driver’s license.

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. If you have faced accusations of DUI, it is essential to contact an experienced California defense attorney who is will provide legal assistance. We handle every aspect of your case, from the very start through the very last court hearing, all for a flat fee agreed upon before we begin.

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