Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

Penalty for a DUI Conviction in Jacksonville, FL

An ignition interlock device (IID) is an electronic device that is wired to the ignition of a vehicle and is used to take breath samples of the drive. This is one of the penalties instituted by § 316.193 of the Florida Statutes for those convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). This device works by only allowing a car to be driven by someone without a blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If a driver blows into the machine and the machine registers that there is alcohol on the driver's breath, the ignition will not allow the driver to start the car's engine.

These devices also will require breath samples while the vehicle is in operation, which decreases the likelihood that the driver uses someone else's breath to start the vehicle. The IID program is a penalty, but it can actually be a favorable alternative to other forms of DUI sentencing upon conviction. If you believe this is a possibility with your case, speak with a Jacksonville DUI lawyer at the firm.

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Florida's IID Program

Florida has had the IID program since 2002 and it continues to be a common DUI penalty, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). If you are arrested for driving under the influence for the first time, then you may not have to participate in the IID program. This is up to the court's judgment.

Listed below are the following IID requirements by conviction type:

  • First Conviction with Child Passenger of .15+ BAC- Minimum 6 month IID
  • Second Conviction- Minimum 1 year IID
  • Second Conviction with Child Passenger of .15+ BAC- Minimum 2 year IID
  • Third Conviction- Minimum 2 year IID
  • Fourth or Subsequent DUI- Minimum 5 year IID

The ignition interlock device is extremely similar to the standardize breath test machines used by law enforcement to test for blood alcohol concentration after a DUI arrest. The negative aspect of the IID program is that it comes at a cost to the convicted person. The ignition interlock device costs money to install, monitor and calibrate. If the convicted person cannot afford the required payments, then payment options can be made available upon request and granted based upon need. IIDs are calibrated so that they can be kept in good working condition throughout the duration of the program and monitored so that law enforcement can keep track of any attempts to drive the vehicle while intoxicated.

If you are required to submit to the IID program, then you will receive a new driver license with a "P" on it which indicates your IID restriction. Driving another vehicle without an IID with this type of license can be considered driving on a restricted license which can warrant additional penalties. If you are convicted for DUI, then the court that your case was handled in will make a report to the DHSMV. The DHSMV will then take the necessary actions to issue the restricted license and install the IID. According to the Florida DHSMV, the actual device costs about $12, installation costs $75, $72.50 per month to monitor and calibrate and $100 will be deposited and refunded upon completion of the program.

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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, contact an attorney from our firm. We will fight to see that you don't have to endure the IID program. We can provide you with more information on the ignition interlock device, how to fight a DUI charge, and how to fight against a driving on a restricted license charge.

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