If you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) once, or on multiple occasions, you may have been doubtful that you were ever going to get your license back—even if you attended classes and quit drinking. You may be hoping to drive again, although accepting the possibility of living with an interlock ignition device (IID) in your vehicle for years. For some, the IID is a requirement even after only one DUI in California (depending on your blood alcohol limit) or a refusal to take a Breathalyzer. The penalty may mean that you have the IID for a matter of months or years, and the device must be installed in all vehicles that are in your name (obviously, meaning the ones you drive).
If you still consume alcohol, understand that the IID means a completely different way of life. You cannot blow into the device and get an approval rating to drive if you had had any alcohol at all; in fact, soda or sugary drinks may affect your reading, so be apprised of any sensitivity issues with your device. If you ‘fail’ when blowing into the device, that reading is reported to the DMV and you could lose your license again—swiftly.
Do not expect to find ways around the IID—and keep in mind that even though you may consume alcohol the night before and expect to have ‘slept it off’ before work, you could still have alcohol in your blood, meaning you could fail a reading and/or not be able to drive. The IID will require you to blow into the device upon starting the car and usually at least once while you are in route to your destination. While you may have considered having someone else blow into the device for you while you are driving, think again. Most of the cords are rendered so short that this is very difficult—not to mention illegal. Many of the devices have cameras installed, so that you will be monitored, and penalized severely most likely if you attempt to have someone else blow into the IID.
For most DUI offenders, it is a serious privilege to be able to drive again. Don’t run the risk of drinking and driving again or tampering with your device—risking worse penalties.
If you have been arrested due to a DUI matter, please call the Dolan Law Offices now. We will listen carefully to your concerns, review your case, and offer advice based on many years of experience. John Patrick Dolan understands California’s complex criminal defense laws and our office will provide the experience you need to help you fight for your rights and best interests. Call us at (760) 775-3739 or contact us online as soon as possible.