Understanding California ignition interlock device laws

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

California’s ignition interlock device laws aim to reduce instances of drunk driving by requiring certain people convicted of driving under the influence to install an IID in their vehicles. An IID is a breath test device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration exceeds a preset limit.

These laws play a key role in promoting road safety.

Who must have an IID

Under California law, those convicted of DUI may have to install an IID in their vehicles, depending on the circumstances of their offense. Repeat DUI offenders, as well as first-time offenders who caused injury or property damage while driving under the influence, have to install an IID as a condition of regaining their driving privileges. Those convicted of refusing to submit to a chemical test during a DUI arrest may also face IID installation requirements.

How long an IID may be necessary

The duration of the IID installation requirement varies depending on the specifics of the offense and the individual’s driving record. First-time DUI offenders may have to install an IID for a specified period, such as six months to one year. Repeat offenders or those with multiple DUIs may face longer IID installation periods. These might last several years or even for the duration of their probation.

What happens after violations

Failure to comply with IID requirements can result in serious consequences. Additional fines, extended license suspensions and even imprisonment are possible. Attempting to circumvent or tamper with an IID is also a criminal offense and can lead to further legal repercussions.

By requiring certain people with DUIs to install an IID in their vehicles, these laws reduce the risk of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. Compliance with IID requirements is necessary to avoid further consequences and ensure the safety of all road users.