If you wish to continue driving after being charged with a DUI in Florida, one option that is often available is an ignition interlock device (IID).
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
This device is comprised of a breathalyzer machine which is installed in an individual's vehicle. The person is required to blow into the breathalyzer and register a BAC below the legal limit (.08%) in order to start the vehicle. If a person blows over the legal limit, the car will not start.
Additionally, it is possible for the person to submit to a test again while driving to ensure that he or she is not consuming alcohol while operating the vehicle. If the person fails the test at any time, the results of the test will be sent to their probation officer.
Benefits of an IID include:
- Allows a DUI offender to continue with day-to-day activities, such as commuting to work, school to pick up the kids, or the grocery store
- Easy to install
- The device is relatively small, which will not obstruct the driver's view
- It can be affordable, especially compared to other penalties for DUI, including jail time and license suspension
If the court decides to have an IID installed in your vehicle, they will notify the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). The DHSMV will record the conditions of your sentencing, as well as receive alcohol readings from your device to ensure that you are compliant with the guidelines.
How Long Must I Use the IID?
The length of time which an offender needs to use an IID depends on three primary factors: BAC, the number of prior convictions, and whether or not children were present at the time of arrest.
The following are Florida IID timelines:
- First convictions where the driver blows a 0.15 or higher at the time of arrest - Six months
- If a driver blows between .08 and .149 with a child in the vehicle – One year
- Second DUI with a BAC under 0.15 - One year
- Second DUI with a BAC of 0.15 or higher - Two years
- Third DUI - Two years
- Fourth or subsequent DUI - Five years