Many drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in California are required to install an ignition interlock device (IID). Generally, installing an IID allows drivers to continue to operate their vehicle even after a DUI conviction, instead of having their license suspended.
Still, not everyone complies with state regulations on IID installation. What happens to those who ignore orders to install an ignition interlock device? Review the legal repercussions of this action here with the Simmrin Law Group and focus on possible defense by calling
Installing an IID Allows Drivers to Operate a Vehicle after a DUI
Traditionally, the court system in California suspended the license of drivers convicted of a DUI. Recent changes to the legal code allow drivers to continue operating their vehicle after the installation of an IID. However, merely saying that an IID was installed is not enough to secure driving privileges.
Drivers must present a report from a certified IID installation company regarding the installation of the device. This report involves the use of a Verification of Installation Ignition Interlock (DL 920) form.
Drivers must give the completed DL 920 form and any relevant fees to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Until the DMV receives the DL 920 report and the associated fees, a driver’s license is not considered valid.
Therefore, ignoring orders to install an IID can lead to charges for driving on a suspended license in California.
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Results of a Conviction for Driving with a Suspended License
California uses Vehicle Code Section 14601.2 to prosecute drivers accused of driving with a suspended license for a DUI conviction. A first conviction for VC 14601.2 can result in:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- Jail time of up to six months
Drivers who face a second conviction within five years may face:
- Fines of up to $2,000
- Jail time of up to one year
Note that, generally, the court will also restart the amount of time a driver must keep an IID in their vehicle if it is found that an IID was not installed promptly. Drivers may have to maintain an IID for:
- Six months for a first DUI
- One year for a second DUI
- Two years for a third DUI
- Three years for subsequent DUIs
Restarting this period of suspension from the beginning can impact a driver’s life for many years to come. Make sure that you’re ready to handle these legal repercussions by contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles by calling (310) 997-4688.
Additional Regulations Surrounding IID Use in California
Failing to install an IID is only one way to get into legal trouble following a DUI conviction. Per the DMV’s regulations on IID usage, drivers can also have their license suspended or revoked if they install an IID and:
- Try to bypass the IID
- Try to tamper with the IID
- Try to remove the IID
Furthermore, failing to properly service or maintain the IID can result in a license suspension or revocation in the state of California.
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The Facts About Installing an IID in California
Drivers who fail to install a court-ordered IID can face a number of harsh penalties. This makes it important that drivers quickly install these devices if so ordered by the court. Drivers will need to contact a court-approved installation company to begin the process.
Note that drivers must install IIDs in all vehicles they regularly operate and all vehicles registered in their name. The cost for each IID installation may reach around $100. Additionally, drivers will need to pay out of pocket for regular service and maintenance of the IID.
IID installation companies generally provide drivers with instructions on using the device. Following these instructions is important, as accidental misuse could be seen as tampering with the device by the DMV.
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Get Help Before You Are Ordered to Install an IID
Once you are ordered to install an IID by the court system, you must comply with this regulation. Fortunately, you may be able to avoid this order by working with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles.
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can go over your charges if you are accused of a DUI. We may be able to defend you in and out of the courtroom to successfully resolve your charges.
Speak to a DUI Lawyer to Get Help with IIDs in California
Those who ignore orders to install an ignition interlock device can face legal repercussions. You could even be charged with driving on a suspended license in this situation. Face these charges head-on with the professionals at the Simmrin Law Group. Allow us to go over your legal needs now. Just call (310) 997-4688 or fill out our online contact form.
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