Installing an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle can get expensive. The costs can be even higher if you own multiple vehicles, as you will have to install an IID on each of your vehicles. In this situation, it’s natural to look for some low-cost IID options.
You can use this article to review your options for IIDs in California. You can even focus on options for financial assistance with IID installation. The professionals at the Simmrin Law Group can provide you with additional information if you call (310) 997-4688.
Regular Pricing for IIDs in California
Before we discuss low-options options for IIDs, let’s consider the regular prices for IID installation. Knowing the normal cost of IID installation can help ensure you actually get the best deal, instead of getting swept up by a good sales pitch.
Installation for an IID in California often runs around $100. This represents the cost per IID. If you have multiple vehicles, you have to pay for the installation of an IID in each car. You will also be required to pay a lease fee each month. This fee generally averages out to around $2.50 a day.
IIDs require maintenance, service, and calibration on a regular basis. Service appointments may cost around $60-$100 each.
Low-Cost Options for Getting an IID
Now that you understand the regular costs for an IID, we can consider low-cost options. You will be required to install a specific kind of IID after a DUI conviction. This means that you cannot really pick a cheap IID model: you must use the kind of IID required by the court.
Securing a low-cost option for an IID often involves price-shopping with IID installation companies. The DMV has certified specific companies to handle IID installation. You can call these companies or look at their websites to see if they are offering monthly pricing specials such as:
- Free installation
- Free maintenance appointments
Note that you cannot cut costs by installing an IID on your own. The DMV will only restore your driving privileges if you get an IID installed by an approved technician.
Financial Assistance with IID Installation
The court system in California offers financial assistance options to some drivers ordered to install an IID. Drivers who meet the federal government’s standards on poverty may be able to secure reduced fees on IID installation.
You may be able to seek reduced rates for IID installation based on your income level. If you wish to receive this financial assistance, you should be prepared to provide your:
- Federal income tax return from the previous year
- Weekly or monthly income statements from the last three months
- Verification of unemployment benefits from the Employment Development Department (EDD)
Unless you qualify for reduced costs based on your income level, you will be required to cover all costs for IID installation and maintenance in California.
Ongoing Costs for IID Usage in California
As we mentioned, you are required to pay for regular maintenance and upkeep of all IIDs installed on your vehicles, as well as a monthly operation fee. You must pay these fees until your IID is removed by a trained technician. Depending upon your conviction, you may have to maintain an IID for months or years.
However, attempting to avoid IID usage in California is not recommended. If you are caught driving a vehicle without an IID after a DUI conviction, you can face legal repercussions. You might be fined or jailed. Additionally, the court could:
- Suspend your license
- Revoke your license
- Restart your period of IID usage
You can get help right away if you are accused of driving a vehicle without an IID. Call (310) 997-4688 to speak to a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles for help.
Other Costs Associated with DUIs in California
Installation of an IID in your vehicle can quickly become expensive, but it isn’t the only cost associated with a DUI conviction. You may also be required to pay court fines if you are convicted. If someone else was harmed while you were driving under the influence, you could be required to make restitution payments.
Make sure that you get professional help handling a DUI charge to increase your odds of avoiding these financial penalties.
Speak to a Lawyer About IID Options in California
There are some low-cost IID options for you to look for if you are convicted of a DUI in California. For the most part, you will have to look for a good deal from an IID installation company. However, you may be able to avoid the requirement to get an IID at all if you contact the Simmrin Law Group following a DUI arrest.
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