It’s natural to have many questions if you are ordered to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in California. Placing a new piece of technology in your vehicle can be concerning. You may even wonder if an IID will damage your vehicle.
You can consider the physical impact of an IID on your car with this article. Get information about how IIDs function and their ties to driving under the influence (DUI) charges with the Simmrin Law Group. Increase your understanding of this subject by calling (310) 896-2723.
Properly Installed IIDs Don’t Damage Vehicles
You should be aware that a properly installed IID should not damage your vehicle in any way. However, it is important that you have your IID installed by an approved installation technician. You can find an ignition interlock device list of approved IID installation companies through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Note that your IID will only be considered valid if it is installed by a DMV-approved company. All drivers with a court order to install an IID must have the process completed professionally. Installing an IID yourself will not allow you to regain your driving privileges.
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IID Specifications Protect Your Vehicle in California
You may be wondering how IIDs avoid damaging your vehicle. All IIDs installed in vehicles must meet certain standards developed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to these regulations, IIDs must not compromise any functions of your vehicle, including the:
- Stereo system
- Electrical system
- Anti-theft system
- Global positioning system
Additionally, IIDs are designed with a power-saving mode to protect your vehicle’s battery. However, if you plan to leave your vehicle to sit for a long period of time, you should contact your IID installation company. They may need to take steps to preserve the life of your battery.
IIDs and the Warranty on Your Vehicle
In most cases, installing an IID on your vehicle will not void your warranty, as these devices are not considered damaging. IIDs do not change your vehicle. These devices merely attach to your vehicle, where they can be easily removed by technicians once you are no longer required to use them.
Note that you may damage your vehicle if you try to remove an IID on your own. Technicians utilize special tools to disconnect the IID and ensure that your electrical system is returned to its original state once the IID is gone.
Furthermore, removing an IID on your own can land you in legal trouble in California. Drivers are not allowed to:
- Remove IIDs
- Tamper with IIDs
- Attempt to get around IIDs
Taking any of these steps can lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. If you are accused of tampering with an IID, you can get help quickly by contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Call (310) 896-2723 today to speak to the professionals at the Simmrin Law Group.
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Steps to Install an IID in California
IID technicians work carefully when installing an IID on your vehicle. Note that you are allowed to select the installation company you want to work with from the DMV’s approved list. If you are particularly concerned with the installation process, it’s recommended that you go over reviews of each company to make sure you work with a company with careful technicians.
Once you select a company, IID installation technicians will:
- Connect an electronic control unit (ECU) to the starter system of your vehicle
- Attach the ECU to the handheld breathalyzer section of the IID
- Calibrate the IID to read your blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Train you on the usage of the IID
Technicians avoid denting or scratching vehicles during IID installation. Additionally, by following all instructions offered by IID techs, you can avoid damaging your own vehicle while using your IID. Make sure you don’t attempt to take the IID off of your vehicle, as this can result in damage to both the IID and your vehicle.
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Speak to a Lawyer About IIDs in California
An IID should not damage your vehicle if it is properly installed by trained technicians. However, drivers sometimes damage their vehicles by trying to install an IID themselves, or by trying to remove an IID without the permission of the court system.
You can get legal help if you are accused of tampering with an IID in California. You can also take on DUI charges before you are convicted and ordered to install an IID. A DUI lawyer in Los Angeles can begin working on your case today with a FREE initial case evaluation.
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