california DUI law

What are the new California Ignition Interlock Device Laws?

March 21, 2019

On January 1, 2019, the ignition interlock device (IID) laws for California changed. IID installment after a DUI was once up to the discretion of the judge. Not anymore. Now, all DUI convictions require one.


What is an IID?

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer machine installed in your vehicle. So, before you can start your car, you must clear a clean breath sample by the device. Also, an IID requires regular breathing samples to continue driving.


If the device detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start. In addition, the IID records the failed test.


Why do you need an IID?

If convicted of a DUI in California, you must install an IID to get your driving privileges back. Most importantly, the law states that DUI convictions require an ignition interlock device.


The amount of time you need an Ignition Interlock Device varies. Your DUI attorney can help you understand what penalties you are facing. New laws for DUI’s (which do not involve injury to others) are:

  • First offense: 6-month IID
  • Second offense: 1-year IID
  • Third offense: 2-year IID
  • Fourth (or more) offense: 3-year IID


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How do you get an IID?

When you are ordered by the court, it is your responsibility to have your ignition interlock device installed by an authorized dealer. After that, you must submit proof of installation to the court. It is the driver’s obligation to pay for the installation, fees and maintenance of an IID.


Questions about your penalties or what is required for a California ignition interlock device? Talk to an experienced DUI attorney. The Law Office of Donald R. Hammond knows the ins and outs of the new IID laws. Also, they fully understand all aspects of DUIs. Their attorneys receive the same training as police officers using the same equipment. The DUI attorneys at Donald Hammond Law are well trained with excellent defense and investigative strategies.


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