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Is an IID required if you’ve been convicted of a DUI?

If you’ve been convicted of driving under the influence, it’s likely that you’ll be paying some hefty fees and possibly spending some time in jail. Unfortunately, the consequences don’t always stop there. Some Florida residents may find themselves required to have an IID installed in their vehicle.

What is an IID?

DUI offenders may be ordered by the court to have an IID installed in their car or truck. This is known formally as an ignition interlock device. The device works to prevent a potentially intoxicated driver from starting a vehicle. The driver must breathe into the attached breathalyzer and have a blood alcohol level below the set point in order for the vehicle to start. IIDs were instituted as a way to stop previous DUI offenders from repeating their unlawful actions.

When does a Florida court require you to have an IID installed in your vehicle?

In the event of a first DUI conviction, your blood alcohol level and the court will determine whether or not you need to have this device installed in your car. If your BAC is notated at .15% or more, you’ll be required to have an IID for at least six months. Likewise, if you had a minor in the car when you were pulled over, you’ll also be required to have an IID for a minimum of six months.

On a second conviction, an IID is mandatory for at least one full year. If your BAC was .15% or above or you had a minor in the vehicle, an IID will be required for two years. For a third DUI conviction, you can expect an IID for at least two years. If you’ve been convicted of more than four DUIs, expect to have an IID for at least five full years.

IIDs are a practical way to prevent previous drunk drivers from repeating their bad behavior. Florida doesn’t always require the use of IIDs. However, in cases of multiple DUI convictions, offenders can expect to have one mandated.