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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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Understanding Your Ignition Interlock Device

by Gina Hill

When convicted of driving under the influence or other DUI law offenses, your state's court and DUI laws may order you to install an ignition interlock device. In some states and cases, this order is mandatory by state law. But what is an ignition interlock device, how does it work, and what happens if you are out of compliance? Here are a few answers to your questions.

What Is An Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a small breath-analyzing device that is hardwired to your vehicle's ignition and mounted in your car. Most are approximately the size of a pack of playing cards, although their exact size may vary by manufacturer. 

To start your vehicle, you must first exhale into the device that checks your breath for the presence of alcohol. If the device detects alcohol, you cannot start your vehicle. As you continue to drive, the device may also require you to provide additional breaths to ensure your sobriety. 

How Do You Get An IID Installed?

Your DUI lawyer, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or your probation officer will provide you with a list of authorized IID facilities and additional information about installing your device. There are usually numerous facilities on the list, although the number will vary based on your location. 

When you choose and contact a facility, you need to know that their installation and monitoring fees may vary. Some facilities may offer reduced or free installations in exchange for your business, while other places may have cheaper monthly costs.

The DMV requires all shops to offer reduced rates to low-income participants. All you have to do is provide documentation about your income levels. Shop around to determine which location best meets your needs. 

Once the shop completes your installation, you must have it inspected and calibrated periodically. During the inspection, the installer ensures it works correctly and has no recorded violations.

When choosing a facility, ensure they have a valid license for your state. The court will not accept your reports from an unlicensed facility.

What Happens If You Do Not Get The IID Installed?

Once the court orders you to install an IID, you usually will only have a small window of time to do so. Failure to have your IID installed in this window will cause you to be out of compliance with your court order. Your non-compliance may result in you returning to court with additional charges and further suspension of your driving privileges. 

Reach out to local DUI law services to learn more.