The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen
Free Consultation Phone Answered 24/7
407-246-0066 or 888-390-8937
Hablamos Espa├▒ol

Understanding Florida's ignition interlock requirements, Part 1

As we've discussed on this blog, being charged for driving under the influence of alcohol can have an impact on a person's ability to drive -- sometimes permanently. At times, a person can have driving privileges restored, but this allowance may come with strings attached. Specifically, drivers may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles.

On a basic level, interlock devices require people to blow into a Breathalyzer-style machine before starting their vehicle. If the device registers a blood-alcohol concentration of at least 0.05 percent, which is below the legal limit, then the vehicle will not start.

In this blog post, we will discuss situations in which people may be ordered to use this device.

Based on state requirements, certain drivers may have to use an interlock once their permanent or restricted driver's license is reinstated. At the same time, those who receive a restricted driver's license for professional purposes (before the mandated suspension period passes) will automatically be obligated to have an interlock device on their vehicle.

The device will remain in the driver vehicle for a period of time determined by the court. First-time DUI offenders are not automatically subjected to interlock devices, but it may be required at the behest of the court or if a person's blood-alcohol concentration is 0.15 or higher. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates that second DUI offenses will lead to a minimum one year interlock requirement. Of course, the mandate can change with each case.

What drivers may not realize is that this requirement comes at a cost beyond the stigma associated with having an interlock device. We will discuss this in a forthcoming blog post.

Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, "Ignition Interlock Program," accessed July 2, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get Legal Help Now

Contact our firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen
605 East Robinson Street, Suite 330
Orlando, FL 32801

Orlando Law Office Map