Ignition Interlock device (IID) are installed as a penalty for a
DUI charge and intended to test the blood alcohol content of the driver before they
take to the road. It requires you to “blow” into the IID before
allowing you to start your engine and drive. In California, these devices
are installed in cars after a second or subsequent DUI conviction.
The state of California sees it as a privilege for individuals convicted
of drunk driving to have an IID installed in their car, versus having
their driver’s license revoked altogether. If you have been charged
with a DUI and have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your
vehicle, it is important to realize that tampering with this device will
result in additional penalties.
Penalties for tampering with an IID, include:
- Fines up to $5,000
- Up to 6 months of imprisonment in county jail
- DMV will be notified and suspend or revoke your license for the period
remaining on what would have been the suspension or revocation at the
original DUI conviction
Do not attempt to beat the system or try to drive while intoxicated or
it could result in serious consequences. Having an ignition Interlock
Device installed in your car is not a right, but a privilege.
If you have been accused of interfering with your IID, please do not hesitate to
call the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman for help from a top-rated Orange County DUI lawyer.