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Why your Ignition Interlock Device is a friend, not an enemy

Posted on in OWI

At Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP, we know that nobody wants to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicle. These devices require you to blow into them, and if you have the smallest amount of alcohol on your breath, the device will render your car undrivable. You will also have to intermittently blow into the device while operating your vehicle.

Like it or not, if you've been convicted of drunk driving, you IID device could become a faithful companion for many months. You need to make sure you understand all the rules that apply to your IID to avoid getting into further trouble. You'll also want to know how it works so that you don't make a mistake that results in a legal violation.

How your IID is helping you

In the past, a drunk driving conviction could prevent you from driving an automobile for months. Losing your driving privileges is a significant problem in the modern world -- such a problem that many people with DUI convictions would continue driving. Lawmakers soon realized, after numerous repeat DUI offenses, that they needed a new strategy to prevent drunk driving.

The IID allows people to continue with their lives, including driving to work and taking their children to school, while ensuring that they're unable to get behind the wheel intoxicated. This has been a sufficient solution for lawmakers because it prevents drunk driving, while allowing those convicted of the offense to continue with their lives.

Can an attorney prevent me from needing an IID?

In some circumstances, you might be able to avoid the need for an Ignition Interlock Device, or lessen the amount of time you're required to have an IID. Be sure to talk to your criminal defense lawyer about your IID to explore you legal rights and options.

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