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Is an ignition interlock device mandatory after a Florida DUI?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | DUI

After receiving a conviction for driving under the influence in Florida, people may wonder if they have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. An ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into the device before starting the car.

This device measures the driver’s blood alcohol concentration. If the BAC is above a certain threshold, then the vehicle will not start.

DUI laws and IIDs

Ignition interlock devices are mandatory for certain DUI offenders, including those with multiple DUI convictions or high BAC levels. For first-time DUI offenders, installation of an IID may be necessary if their BAC is 0.15% or higher. It may also be necessary if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the offense. Those convicted of DUI may also have to install an IID to obtain a hardship license or reinstate driving privileges after a license suspension.

Potential consequences of IID requirements

The requirement to install an ignition interlock device can have major consequences for those convicted of DUI. For starters, there is a financial cost associated with installing and maintaining the device. The device also imposes restrictions on the individual’s ability to operate a vehicle. Failure to comply with IID requirements can result in further legal penalties, including extended license suspensions or additional fines.

Ignition interlock devices are not mandatory for everyone convicted of DUI in Florida. However, they are for certain offenders. Understanding the laws and regulations regarding ignition interlock devices is helpful for anyone facing DUI charges.



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