What Is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

There are many consequences associated with being charged with, or even suspected of, a DUI in Utah. One of these is sometimes being ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. In some cases, you may even request that these devices are installed to give you the freedom to drive. These devices are largely misunderstood, though, and so when people have them installed, they are not always fully aware of what that means. When people are facing DUI charges, they also have many questions about these devices. Some of those questions, and the answers to them, are provided below from a DUI Salt Lake City clients turn to.

Ignition interlock devices are installed in vehicles after a driver’s license is suspended due to a DUI and the driver wishes to continue to drive. Before the vehicle starts, the driver must blow into the device and the vehicle will only start if a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.025 or higher. Once the vehicle has started, the driver is prompted to blow into the device randomly, as well.

Where Are the Results of the Tests Sent?

IIDs are equipped with a camera to ensure that the driver is the one blowing into the device and that they are not having someone else do it for them. The results of all breath tests and the photos are sent to Utah Department of Public Safety.

What Do I Need to Drive with an IID?

As a DUI lawyer in Salt Lake City can explain, after one conviction for a DUI, drivers may have a possible ignition interlock restriction required as a condition of probation for a time period determined by the court. After a second or third DUI conviction, drivers are required to obtain an ignition interlock in order to operate their vehicle and is a condition of whatever probation period the court hands down.

What Is the Penalty for Driving Without an IID? 

When a driver is ordered to drive with an IID, the device must be installed in any vehicle that they drive. In the event that someone drives without these devices after they have been ordered to do so, they will likely face felony charges. If convicted of this charge, they will face even more serious consequences including high fines and lengthy jail times.

Have More Questions? Call a Salt Lake City Defense Lawyer

Facing DWI charges is very scary, but not every charge results in a conviction. If you have been charged, you likely have a lot of questions and our skilled Salt Lake City DUI Lawyer can answer them. At Rasmussen & Miner, we know how to defend against DUIs and other criminal charges. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.