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What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices
The ignition interlock device is a powerful tool. On its face, it sounds like a great option for drivers who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense. You agree to an ignition interlock device (IID), you get to drive.
But it isn’t that straightforward.
I am Murad Mohammad, an experienced criminal defense attorney that serves clients in the Twin Cities metro area and all across Minnesota. For more than 10 years, I have fought to protect the rights of my clients, including in situations involving IIDs. Based on my experiences, let me help you understand just how these devices work—and how they can affect you.
The Basics of the IID
How one of these devices works is actually quite simple:
- This device is installed in your car, often in the glove compartment or a center console
- You blow into the device before you can start your car
- You blow into the device at random intervals throughout your drive (these are called rolling tests)
Should you blow over a certain preset limit while in transit, the device may simply log the violation or it may cause the car horn to honk until you turn off your car. You will be unable to start your car again until your BAC level is below the preset limits.
IIDs track every result of each breath test and rolling test, as well as noting any instances of device tampering. All results are then reported out each month.
Doesn’t Sound So Bad, Huh?
Just like most other things in life, there’s a catch. Sure, the IID allows you to keep driving. But the IID comes with many costs and consequences. For instance, you have to:
- Pay for the installation and upkeep of the device
- Pay the $680 driver’s license reinstatement fee
- Pay the driver’s license application fee
- Use the device anywhere from 90 days to 6 years, depending on the severity of the DWI offense
These costs can add up quickly. Are you sure they are costs you want, and should, handle?
Understand Your Options Before You Agree to an IID
Do not plea and accept an ignition interlock device without first discussing your situation with an experienced defense attorney. You are likely much better off fighting the offense head-on, as success means no criminal conviction, no fines and no IID.
Call me at 651.283.5324 or contact me online to schedule your free, confidential consultation. I’ll review the facts surrounding your case and lay out your best options for moving forward.