Ignition Interlock Device

What is an Ignition Interlock Device, and How Can I Prevent the Cost of Having to Install It After a DUI?

A DUI Ignition Interlock device or commonly called an IID, is a device installed in a vehicle that detects alcohol on your breath and will not start the car if alcohol is present. The interlock equipment is located inside the vehicle, near the driver’s seat, and is directly connected to the engine’s ignition system. One of the most important questions to drivers they ask us is "will I have to get an Ignition Interlock installed?" Under what the new IID law is now in nearly every state, installing the device and paying all it's fees is required after an individual is convicted or pleads guilty for a first offense DUI or DWI charge, and even in some states while fighting the case.

After first getting charged with a DUI offense, most drivers understandably want to know what to expect for the Ignition Interlock cost and ramifications of using the device. We can help with a resolution for what happens by preventing this punishment in many cases, when a driver takes action in time to make use of their best legal defense options available.

For many people the IID is now a mandatory condition of having a restricted driver's license. Most would prefer to operate a vehicle with this integrated car breath test device, than not be allowed to legally drive at all without it. If you would like to find out if a Breathalyzer Interlock device can save your license, or already have one and want to disconnect it, we can get you answers promptly by simply filling out the short free arrest review form on this page.

If your court date is fast-approaching and you need immediate options for how to avoid the Interlock requirement, we can assist you right away online with the proper information you will need to accomplish this.

Additionally, we created a self-help guide for drivers that outlines proactive defenses which could stop this Interlock DUI penalty from ever happening.

10 Facts About How The Cost & Requirements Of An Ignition Interlock Works – And Ways To Avoid It

Ignition Interlock Device for a DUI
Avoiding the Ignition Interlock for a DUI offense will rely upon a driver's own arrest details.

It is very important to realize from the beginning, there is only one sure way to prevent this expensive in-car Breathalyzer machine penalty from taking effect. That is by getting the right legal advice in enough time assessing the arrest events, so a unique defense strategy can be built on that specific arrest scenario, before valuable time is lost and the full interlock penalty is enforced. As you're already aware, the DUI consequences start immediately after an arrest, and this is one of the worst ones to deal with having for all drivers both in it's high costs, and how it will negatively affect their daily life and work situation.

If you are facing the unpleasant reality of installing an Interlock device machine after a conviction, or are already in the process fighting a DUI charge, you should get your arrest details reviewed online by us as soon as you possibly can in your case. For any person recently arrested for this offense and seeking potential options or ways how to possibly avoid the need of getting an Ignition Interlock mounted on their car or work vehicle, they first need to be aware of all states strict new driving under the influence laws. Most first-time offenders will be required to install the interlock device, if they get convicted of or enter a guilty plea to the DUI or DWI offense.

This type of criminal charge is expensive to deal with in itself, especially when a driver is convicted or pleads guilty to the offense. However getting an Interlock device wired into a car, can significantly add to the already high costs involved. It is for this primary concern of most people who are currently fighting DUI and DWI arrest charges, that they know how to explore every possible option for potential ways how to avoid having to get it installed in the first place. Therefore the 10 primary facts to know about how the Ignition Interlock costs and requirements work are outlined in the topic titles above to help you better understand the importance and financial impact of any decisions you make regarding your case.

It is important to know what happens when you use an Ignition Interlock, and this page outlines the average user experiences of what to expect. Research has shown using the Interlock does help to fight DWI and DUI and save on costs. This is why new laws for drivers having to get the device are in place, especially after a government study finds that requiring ignition interlock devices would prevent 85% of DWI-related deaths & save $343 billion over 15 years. (Source: kathleenrice.house.gov)

Many drivers have also sought out and benefited from our advice and help through online social resources such as Reddit for Ignition Interlock questions. With the 10 essential topics outlined above, we have provided a detailed guide of a "how to" for the Ignition Interlock, dealing with the average device cost, and the number of ways how to avoid the requirement of having to install the car Breathalyzer IID after getting arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Most people fighting a DUI charge ask us questions about "how long do I need an Ignition Interlock device on my car?" Under what the new state laws are in the following chart below, it outlines what length of time it will need to be installed for if a driver gets convicted or pleads guilty to the offense.

How Long of Time the Ignition Interlock For a DUI Will Be Required By State

Overall Rank State Min. Jail Time (1st conviction) Min. Jail Time (2nd conviction) DUI Is Automatic Felony How Long Old DUI Factors Into Penalties Administrative License Suspension Vehicle Impound Ignition Interlock Mandatory Ignition Interlock Mandatory Period Additional Penalties for High BAC Mandatory Alcohol Assessment Min. Fine (1st conviction) Min. Fine (2nd conviction) “No-Refusal” Sobriety Testing Average Insurance Rate Increase After DUI Child Endangerment Protection Sobriety Checkpoints Other Penalties Total Score (See Methodology)
1 Arizona 10 days 90 days Third offense 7 years 90 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $750 $1,750 Yes 37% Yes Yes Yes 84.09%
2 Georgia 10 days 90 days Fourth offense 10 years 365 days No 2nd conviction 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $300 $600 Yes 47% Yes Yes Yes 70.45%
3 Alaska 3 days 20 days Third offense 15 years 90 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC No $1,500 $3,000 Yes 80% Yes No No 65.00%
4 Oklahoma 10 days 5 days Second offense 10 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 18 months above 0.15 BAC No $000 $000 Yes 28% Yes Yes Yes 62.27%
5 Nebraska 7 days 30 days Fourth offense 15 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC No $500 $500 Yes 58% Yes Yes Yes 61.82%
6 Kansas* 2 days 90 days Third offense 10 years 30 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $500 $1,000 Yes 46% Yes Yes Yes 59.55%
7 Connecticut* 2 days 120 days Third offense 10 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $500 $1,000 No 100% No Yes Yes 59.09%
8 Utah 2 days 10 days Third offense 10 years 120 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 18 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $1,370 $1,560 Yes 39% Yes Yes No 58.64%
9 West Virginia No minimum sentence 180 days Third offense 10 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 4.17 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $100 $1,000 Yes 59% Yes Yes No 58.18%
10 Texas* 3 days 30 days Third offense For life 90 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.15 BAC No $000 $000 Yes 44% Yes No No 55.00%
T - 11 Virginia No minimum sentence 30 days Third offense 10 years 7 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $250 $500 Yes 42% Yes Yes No 52.27%
T - 11 Delaware No minimum sentence 60 days Third offense 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 14 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $500 $750 Yes 31% Yes Yes No 52.27%
13 Louisiana* 2 days 30 days Fourth offense 10 years 45 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $300 $750 Yes 62% Yes Yes Yes 50.91%
T - 14 Florida* No minimum sentence 10 days Third offense 10 years 180 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .15 6 months above 0.2 BAC Yes $500 $1,000 Yes 40% Yes Yes Yes 50.45%
T - 14 Washington* 1 days 30 days Fifth offense 7 years 90 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $941 $1,195 Yes 28% Yes No No 50.45%
16 Iowa 2 days 7 days Third offense 12 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.15 BAC No $625 $1,875 No 60% Yes No Yes 50.00%
17 Oregon* 2 days 2 days Fourth offense 10 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $1,000 $1,500 No 26% Yes No Yes 49.55%
18 Colorado 5 days 10 days Does not become a felony 7 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 8 months above 0.17 BAC Yes $600 $600 Yes 34% Yes Yes Yes 48.64%
T - 19 Illinois No minimum sentence 5 days Third offense 10 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $000 $000 Yes 70% Yes Yes Yes 46.36%
T - 19 Tennessee 2 days 45 days Fourth offense 10 years None No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.2 BAC Yes $350 $600 Yes 19% Yes Yes No 46.36%
21 Nevada 2 days 10 days Third offense 7 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 3 months above 0.18 BAC Yes $400 $750 Yes 29% Yes Yes Yes 45.00%
T - 22 Alabama No minimum sentence 2 days Fourth offense 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $600 $1,100 Yes 54% Yes Yes Yes 43.64%
T - 22 Arkansas 1 days 7 days Fourth offense 5 years 180 days Yes 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $150 $400 No 68% Yes Yes Yes 43.64%
T - 22 Massachusetts No minimum sentence 30 days Third offense For life 90 days No 2nd conviction 24 months above 0.2 BAC No $500 $600 No 67% Yes Yes No 43.64%
T - 25 New Hampshire No minimum sentence 17 days Fourth offense 10 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $500 $750 No 79% Yes Yes No 42.27%
T - 25 Missouri No minimum sentence No minimum sentence Third offense 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $000 $000 Yes 39% Yes Yes Yes 42.27%
T - 25 South Carolina 2 days 5 days Fourth offense 10 years 30 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $400 $2,100 No 27% Yes Yes Yes 42.27%
28 Hawaii 2 days 5 days Fourth offense 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $150 $500 No 62% Yes Yes Yes 41.82%
29 Minnesota No minimum sentence 2 days Second offense 10 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $000 $000 No 37% Yes No Yes 40.45%
T - 30 New Mexico No minimum sentence 4 days Fourth offense For life 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 12 months above 0.16 BAC No $000 $500 No 46% No Yes Yes 39.55%
T - 30 New York No minimum sentence 5 days Second offense 10 years 30 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 6 months above 0.18 BAC Yes $500 $1,000 No 49% Yes Yes No 39.55%
32 Wyoming No minimum sentence 7 days Fourth offense 10 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 6 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $000 $200 Yes 52% Yes No Yes 39.09%
33 Kentucky 2 days 7 days Fourth offense 5 years 120 days No No 6 months above 0.18 BAC Yes $200 $350 No 48% Yes Yes Yes 38.64%
T - 34 California 2 days 10 days Fourth offense 10 years 120 days Yes No Determined by court above 0.15 BAC Yes $390 $390 Yes 103% Yes Yes No 38.18%
T - 34 North Carolina 1 days 7 days Fourth offense 7 years 30 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.15 BAC No $200 $2,000 Yes 112% Yes Yes Yes 38.18%
36 Maine No minimum sentence 7 days Does not become a felony 10 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 5 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $500 $700 Yes 56% Yes Yes No 36.36%
T - 37 Indiana No minimum sentence 5 days Second offense 5 years 180 days No 2nd conviction Determined by court above 0.15 BAC Yes $000 $000 Yes 56% Yes Yes No 35.45%
T - 37 Rhode Island No minimum sentence 10 days Third offense 5 years None Yes 1st conviction / BAC .15 24 months above 0.1 BAC No $100 $400 No 25% Yes No Yes 35.45%
T - 37 Wisconsin No minimum sentence 5 days Fourth offense 10 years 180 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.17 BAC Yes $150 $350 No 51% Yes No No 35.45%
40 Montana 1 days 7 days Fourth offense For life None No 2nd conviction 6 months above 0.16 BAC Yes $600 $1,200 No 39% Yes No Yes 35.00%
41 Mississippi No minimum sentence 5 days Third offense 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .08 3 months No No $250 $600 Yes 27% Yes Yes Yes 34.09%
42 Idaho No minimum sentence 10 days Third offense 10 years 90 days No 2nd conviction 12 months above 0.2 BAC No $000 $000 Yes 43% Yes No No 33.18%
43 Michigan No minimum sentence 5 days Third offense 7 years None No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.17 BAC Yes $100 $200 Yes 9% Yes No Yes 32.73%
44 New Jersey No minimum sentence 2 days Does not become a felony 10 years None No 1st conviction / BAC .15 6 months above 0.1 BAC Yes $250 $500 No 47% Yes Yes Yes 32.27%
45 Maryland No minimum sentence 5 days Does not become a felony 5 years 90 days No 1st conviction / BAC .15 12 months above 0.15 BAC Yes $000 $000 Yes 51% Yes Yes No 31.82%
46 Vermont No minimum sentence 2.5 days Third offense For life 90 days Yes No 0 months No Yes $000 $000 No 67% No Yes No 30.00%
47 Ohio 3 days 10 days Fourth offense 6 years 90 days No 2nd conviction Determined by court above 0.17 BAC No $375 $525 Yes 31% Yes Yes No 28.64%
48 Pennsylvania* No minimum sentence 5 days Does not become a felony 10 years None No 2nd conviction 12 months above 0.1 BAC Yes $300 $300 Yes 25% Yes Yes No 27.27%
49 North Dakota No minimum sentence 10 days Fourth offense 7 years 30 days No No Determined by court above 0.18 BAC Yes $500 $1,500 Yes 33% Yes Yes Yes 25.91%
50 District of Columbia No minimum sentence No minimum sentence Does not become a felony 15 years 90 days No No 0 months above 0.2 BAC No $000 $2,500 No 30% Yes Yes No 22.27%
51 South Dakota No minimum sentence No minimum sentence Third offense 10 years None No No 0 months above 0.17 BAC No $000 $000 Yes 27% No Yes Yes 18.64%

* These states offer Pre-Trial Diversion programs for first time DUI offenders. The Ignition Interlock program and other requirements are often in the form of alcohol treatment/rehabilitation and are offered as an alternative to prosecution. Eligibility for installing the car Breathalyzer interlock device may vary. Source: WalletHub.com

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