What is an Ignition Interlock Device, and How Can I Prevent 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 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.
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
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