Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) test drivers for impairment before allowing them to operate a vehicle. Drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California are often required to install an IID. However, this can prove difficult depending upon the type of vehicle you have.
Ignition interlock devices cannot be installed on any motor vehicle. In fact, some older model cars will not support an IID at all. Find out exactly what vehicles work with IIDs with this article. The Simmrin Law Group can also help you consider your options if your vehicle and an IID are incompatible. Call (310) 896-2723 to learn more.
Vehicle Requirements for an IID
IIDs connect to the electrical system of your motor vehicle. Vehicles can only support an IID’s needs if their electrical system is at a certain standard. Vehicles must possess at least a 12-volt electrical system for an IID to function properly.
Most vehicles built since 1955 will have an acceptable electrical system. However, if your vehicle is a classic or antique car, it’s electrical system may not be compatible with an IID.
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Handling a Vehicle That’s Incompatible with an IID
You can face serious complications if an IID will not work with your vehicle. After a DUI conviction in California, you must install an IID in all vehicles:
- You regularly operate
- You have registered in your name
This can include antique and classic cars. Note that you may be able to upgrade the electrical system in your vehicle to make it compatible with an IID. This would allow technicians to move forward with the installation.
However, some drivers want to keep their vehicle in original condition. In this case, you will not be able to drive the vehicle until you are no longer under IID restrictions in the state of California. You may also need to shift the registration of the vehicle for a period of time.
IIDs May Remain in Your Vehicle for Months or Years
Recent changes to California’s laws on drunk driving require many drivers to install an IID after a DUI conviction. Currently, you may be required to use an IID even if you are facing a first-time conviction for a DUI. In fact, drivers with a:
- First DUI use an IID for six months
- Second DUI use an IID for one year
- Third DUI use an IID for two years
- Subsequence DUI use an IID for three years
You may face slightly different requirements if you are convicted of a DUI causing injury. Generally, DUI causing injury charges result in increased use of an IID in the state of California. In either case, you cannot legally operate a vehicle without an IID installed during this period of time.
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Results of Driving Without a Court-Ordered IID
Some drivers consider continuing to operate a vehicle without an IID after they are convicted of a DUI. This is against the law and not recommended. Your period of IID usage may be reset if you are found driving without your IID.
Additionally, the court system may treat this act as driving on a suspended license, which is a criminal offense. This is because drivers convicted of a DUI would normally have their driving privileges suspended. The IID offsets this suspension, so driving without it returns the suspension.
You can face fines and even jail time if you are convicted of driving on a suspended license in California. Make sure you contact a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles right away if you are accused of operating a vehicle without your IID.
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Handle DUI Accusations in California with a Legal Professional
You may be able to avoid the headaches associated with IID usage if you get fast help after you are arrested for a DUI. The professionals at the Simmrin Law Group can get to work on your defense quickly. Our DUI lawyers in Los Angeles may be able to:
- Get your charges reduced
- Get your charges dismissed
- Resolve your charges in court
You can improve your odds of successfully resolving DUI charges – and avoiding the requirement to use an IID in your vehicle – by calling us now at (310) 896-2723.
Get Help with IID Installation in California Now
IIDs cannot be installed on any motor vehicle in California. Some older vehicles simply can’t support an IID. This can make handling court orders to install an IID difficult for some drivers. Get help in this situation by reaching out to the Simmrin Law Group’s DUI lawyers in Los Angeles for a FREE initial case evaluation.
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