Drivers in California who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) can face numerous penalties. Drivers may be required to pay fines and spend time in jail. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in any vehicle you operate.
You may be wondering how an alcohol breath analyzer is installed in your vehicle. Review the process for IID installation right here with the professionals at the Simmrin Law Group. You can even call (310) 997-4688 to get personalized answers to your legal questions.
Certified Installation Companies Install IIDs
You should be aware that not everyone is allowed to install an IID. In fact, your IID will only be considered legitimate if you select an installation company certified by the state of California. You have a number of companies to choose from, including:
- Alcohol Detection Systems, Inc
- Smart Start, Inc
You can check with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you are unsure about the certification status of an IID installation company.
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Set Up an IID Installation Appointment
In many ways, installing an IID into your vehicle is much like performing other maintenance on your car. You will need to contact the IID installation company and set up an appointment. You can often do this online or by phone.
Note that the IID installation company will need to determine if you are eligible for an IID before they schedule your appointment. This information will be verified with the courts. Once the company receives verification, they can often begin installation within two days.
Expectations for an IID Installation Appointment
Some drivers are worried that IID installation will take a significant amount of time. In fact, the installation of an alcohol breath analyzer usually takes around one-to-two hours. Trained and certified technicians will install the IID into the dash of your vehicle.
IIDs are handheld breathalyzer devices. You must blow into the IID each time you want to start your vehicle. If you provide an alcohol-free breath sample, your vehicle will start and you will be able to drive. You will generally receive instructions on how to operate the IID at your installation appointment.
During the installation process, technicians will:
- Access electronic components of your vehicle
- Install an electronic control device (ECU)
- Connect the ECU to your starter
When you breathe into the handheld breathalyzer, it triggers the ECU to allow your vehicle to start, or to keep your engine off.
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Your Role in IID Installation in California
You will not just sit in a waiting room during the installation of your IID. You will also be expected to blow into the IID once it is installed. This allows technicians to properly calibrate the IID so that it responds to you.
You should be aware that attempting to get around the IID by having someone else blow into it is against the law. You can face the suspension of your license for trying to misuse the IID. Trying to remove or disconnect the IID can also lead to a license suspension.
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Maintenance Visits for Alcohol Breath Analyzers
You will not only have to visit an installation company to get your IID placed in your vehicle. You will also need regular maintenance appointments to ensure your IID is functioning properly. Devices may also need to be recalibrated at regular intervals.
As long as proper maintenance is performed on your IID, you will be able to continue operating your vehicle. Note that IIDs allow you to operate your vehicle after a DUI conviction. Failure to adhere to all regulations surrounding IID use can lead to a license suspension or revocation.
Get Help Understanding IID Installation in California
You may be required to install an IID if you are convicted of a DUI in California. This means you could avoid an IID if you successfully resolve any DUI charges you are facing. A criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help you face DUI accusations head-on.
Getting your charges reduced or dismissed can allow you to move forward without an IID. You can also maintain your license without an IID if you resolve the charges against you in the courtroom. Get help building a strong defense to DUI accusations by calling (310) 997-4688 to reach the Simmrin Law Group now.
Speak to a Lawyer About Alcohol Breath Analyzers
Alcohol breath analyzers are installed in your vehicle by certified technicians after a DUI conviction in California. Get help avoiding a conviction for drunk driving by reaching out to the Simmrin Law Group after you are arrested. Call us at (310) 997-4688 or fill out our online contact form to find out how we can protect your driving privileges.
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