What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

Getting charged with a DUI/OVI in Ohio is a serious matter. Not only does a conviction lead to expensive fines and a lengthy jail sentence, but it also results in the suspension of your driver’s license.

Additionally, there are two types of suspensions: an administrative license suspension (ALS) and criminal license suspension. The former is administered by the Ohio BMV before your criminal case, while the latter is administered by the courts after you are convicted.

While the ALS can last up to 90 days, a conviction for a first-time DUI offense is punishable by driver’s license suspension of up to three years. Not having your driving privileges for that long can make it difficult to commute to work or school, make important appointments, run household errands, and live your life in general.

Fortunately, Ohio now gives DUI offenders an opportunity to drive after conviction if they install an ignition interlock device (IID) on all vehicles they own and operate. Rather than wait at least a year to regain your driving privileges after a first offense, the minimum suspension period is six months when you get an IID installed in your vehicle.

The most important thing is that you can drive anywhere while still serving your suspension.

So, what is an IID?

An IID is similar to a breathalyzer. You are required to breathe into the device to start your vehicle.

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .02 percent, the vehicle will not start. Furthermore, the IID also requires random tests while the vehicle is in motion.

If the device detects alcohol, a company who monitors the IID will be notified of the failed result. IID violation can lead to license suspension for a longer period or a jail sentence.

Installation fees cost between $200 and $300, while monthly maintenance costs between $100 and $200. There is also a fee for removing the device once you serve your suspension period.

For more information about DUI and driver’s license suspension in Cleveland, contact Patituce & Associates today at (440) 709-8088 and request a free case review.