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When can the state install an IID on your vehicle in Florida?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Drunk Driving

A court conviction for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense in Florida can lead to serious repercussions. One such repercussion may include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.

This device, akin to a breath test, allows your car to start only after confirming your breath alcohol content is below a specific limit. But when does the state mandate this installation?

It depends on the level of your convictions

Florida law dictates the requirement for an IID. The duration of its installation depends on the number of your prior convictions and your blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of arrest. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. The court may order, at its discretion, whether an IID installation is necessary for a first conviction.
  2. For a first conviction with a BAC of .15 or above or a minor in the vehicle, the law mandates an IID for at least six months.
  3. A second conviction requires an IID for at least one year.
  4. A second conviction with a BAC of .15 or above or a minor in the vehicle necessitates an IID for at least two years.
  5. A third conviction mandates an IID for at least two years.
  6. For four or more convictions, the IID must be installed for at least five years.

After a court conviction, you, the convicted, are usually responsible for all costs associated with the IID. This includes its installation, monthly monitoring, and removal.

What to expect with multiple charges

When facing multiple charges, the likelihood of having an IID installation in your vehicle increases. The more convictions you have, the longer the IID stays. This isn’t just an inconvenience, but a costly one, as you are generally responsible for all associated costs.

In addition to these burdens, a DUI conviction can impact other aspects of your life, such as employment opportunities, insurance rates and even your personal relationships. The gravity of these consequences just shows how serious this conviction is on your life.

If you’re facing this challenging situation, you should consider seeking a legal professional. They can advocate for your rights and work tirelessly for your case.