Ignition Interlock – DUI Penalties

In recent years, one approach to drunk driving that has become increasingly popular is the installation of ignition interlock devices in vehicles owned by drivers with DUI records. If you are convicted of DUI in California, you may be required to use one of these devices.

San Mateo Ignition Interlock Lawyers

At The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson, our San Mateo ignition interlock lawyers help clients throughout the Bay Area fight DUI charges. Our experienced attorneys are paying close attention to developments in how ignition interlock devices are used in California.

Will You Be Required to Install an IID in Your Car?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a mechanism that prevents you from starting your car until you have passed an automated breath test, then tests you again at random intervals once you start driving. If you are required to install an IID, it will be at your own expense.

Currently, anyone convicted of drunk driving in Alameda, Sacramento or Los Angeles counties must install an IID. In other California counties, the judge can require you to install an IID for up to three years if you are convicted of DUI with any of the following allegations:

You may also be required to install an IID if you are convicted of DUI and then later convicted of driving while your license is still suspended or revoked. The only way you can get out of installing an IID under any of these circumstances is to give up your driver’s license.

Contact Our DUI Attorneys to Discuss Your Options Today!

Ignition interlock devices are expensive to install, and they essentially announce to everyone who rides in your vehicle that you have been convicted of drunk driving. If you have been charged with DUI, you should discuss your options with an attorney as soon as possible. Our DUI attorneys proudly represent clients throughout the entire Bay Area including these cities on the Peninsula:

  • San Mateo
  • Redwood City
  • Foster City
  • San Bruno
  • South San Francisco
  • Palo Alto
  • Burlingame

Our attorneys have defended thousands of clients against drunk driving charges. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 650-573-8000 or e-mail us today.

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The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson
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San Mateo, CA 94402

Phone: 650-573-8000
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