Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) are a relatively new technology being used by the courts and the DMV to deter San Diego DUI cases, especially among repeat offenders. An IID is basically a miniature breathalyzer that attaches to the steering column of your automobile. It will not allow you to operate your car unless and until you can provide a breath sample that is free of any alcoholic content.
With an IID, you are required to breathe into the device and provide an alcohol-free reading before the car is allowed to start. Once you do this and are driving, the IID will further require random breath samples. The first sample will be requested between 5-15 minutes after you first start driving. After that, the IID will request random samples every 45 minutes. When the IID “asks” you to provide one of these samples, you will be given 6 minutes in which you can safely pull your car over and comply. If you do not provide a breath sample within the 6-minute window, the car will still continue to operate normally, however, a “fail” will be recorded on your log. The instrument’s log is regularly reported to the court.
The device is designed and installed in a manner that ensures that the IID will be only used by you. It does by requiring you to use a specific breathing pattern while providing your breath sample, having a very short cord that does not allow the device to be moved to a passenger or rear seat, and requiring breath samples at random intervals. Additionally, under Vehicle Code Section 23247 it is a crime to have someone else provide a breath sample for you. Once installed, the device requires servicing every two months.
Installation of an IID is one of the many requirements that you may face if charged with DUI. It is important that you understand all the potential consequences that you may face if convicted. Additionally, an IID may be sought after to help you obtain a restricted license. It is important so that you understand all aspects of your case. Prior to opening his law firm, Attorney Mark Deniz was a deputy district attorney for almost 10 years with an intimate knowledge of the various consequences a DUI conviction may cause. Mark Deniz will aggressively defend your case by exploring every angle and argument to ensure you have the best defense possible. Contact the Law Offices of Mark Deniz at (858) 751-4384 to get the ball rolling.