Among other penalties, those convicted of or who plead guilty to driving under the influence in the state often see their driving privileges suspended or revoked. After serving the suspension or revocation period, they may have their driver’s licenses restored, however, this step typically comes with restrictions.
Since the court may order its installation, it behooves drivers charged with DUI to understand the state’s ignition interlock device requirements.
Mandatory installation period
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the mandatory installation period for ignition interlock devices depends on factors such as the driver’s arrest record and the circumstances of the arrest. For example, someone with no prior alcohol-related offenses will generally not have to have an IID installed in his or her vehicle if their arrest did not involve injury offenses. If, however, the driver caused a crash that injured another driver or passengers, he or she will have to maintain an ignition interlock device for at least one year.
Having IIDs on vehicles carries costs, including installation and monitoring fees. People ordered by the court to maintain ignition interlock devices on their vehicles bear the financial responsibility of covering these expenses. The state does, however, offer a program for low-income motorists who cannot afford the costs of IIDs on their own.
In addition to those associated with the device itself, drivers also must pay several other fees. This includes reissue fees, restriction fees, duplicate license fees and administrative service fees.
According to the California DMV, noncompliance with the ignition interlock device restriction rules may result in a resuspension or revocation of people’s driver’s licenses. Acts that may qualify as violations include trying to bypass the device, attempting to take the device out of the vehicle and failing to have the device serviced every 60 days as prescribed.
The potential penalties, including the need to use an IID, facing those charged with DUI may thwart their personal and professional plans. Therefore, after an arrest for suspected drunk driving, people often benefit from considering all options available to defend themselves and their rights.