If you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. Since 2019, most drivers convicted of a DUI have faced this requirement, due to changes in California’s legal codes.
So, how do you know if you need an IID after a DUI conviction in California? Find out how you get this information with this article. You can also review your options for building a defense to DUI charges by calling (310) 997-4688 to speak to the Simmrin Law Group.
Court Orders to Install an IID in California
You may find out that you need to install an IID from a variety of sources. The court system in California may tell you to install an IID after you are convicted of a DUI. Currently, all drivers in California may be ordered by the court to use an IID if they:
- Are convicted of more than one DUI
- Are convicted of even one DUI causing injury
The court may also tell you to install an IID after a first DUI conviction in some cases. In all of these situations, court officers will inform you of the requirement to install an IID.
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Orders to Install an IID from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
The DMV in California can also help you determine if you need an IID. Often, after a conviction for a DUI, the DMV will mail you information about the state of your driver’s license. Your suspension or revocation letter generally contains information regarding:
- Current restrictions on your driving privileges
- Methods for getting back your driving privileges
- Facts about the mandatory installation of an IID
The court system or the DMV should make sure you know if you need an IID in California.
Ask a Legal Professional About IID Installation
Some drivers are unsure if they need an IID, even after communicating with the court and the DMV. If you want to double-check requirements for IID installation, you can speak to a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.
If a lawyer has helped you with your DUI charges, you can speak to the same legal professional. They can help you understand the penalties associated with a DUI conviction in California, including the necessity of installing an IID.
Get specific information about the expectations you face after a DUI conviction by contacting the Simmrin Law Group. You can reach us easily by calling (310) 997-4688.
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Steps to Install an IID in California
Once you know if you need an IID in California, you can move forward with the installation process. Note that installing an IID after a DUI conviction allows you to continue operating your vehicle, so it can be important to begin installation as quickly as possible.
Installing an IID requires you to:
- Find an approved IID installation company
- Have all your vehicles equipped with an IID
- Ensure the installation techs fill out your Verification of Installation Ignition Interlock (DL 920) form
- Deliver your DL 920 form and relevant fees to the DMV
You cannot install an IID on your own in California in order to regain your driving privileges. Only certified companies may complete the installation process. The techs at these companies will also provide you with instructions on the use of your IID during your appointment.
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How to Use Your IID in California
It’s important that you utilize your IID in the right way in California. You can get information about proper IID usage from installation techs. IID experts can teach you how to use your IID and provide you with troubleshooting tips.
Note that the DMV also sets forth some regulations on IID usage. You can face legal penalties if you misuse your IID by:
- Tampering with it
- Trying to remove it
- Attempting to bypass it
- Failing to service, maintain, or calibrate it properly
The DMV can suspend or revoke your driver’s license if you misuse an IID. Take IID usage seriously by allowing installation technicians to walk you through the functions of the device.
Find Out if You Need an IID with Legal Professionals
The court system or the DMV will let you know if you need an IID in California. You may also get information about IID requirements from a DUI lawyer in Los Angeles. Your lawyer can also help you stand up to DUI charges as they work to prevent a conviction. Find out more about your options now with a FREE initial case evaluation.
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