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Understanding Ignition Interlock Devices

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for a person’s vehicle. The driver must blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle. If the analyzed result is greater than the programed blood alcohol concentration, it prevents the driver from starting the car.

Oregon laws as of January 2016, require any driver convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants to have their driving privileges suspended. Much of the time, the driving privilege can be reinstated as long as an ignition interlock device is installed. Generally, if someone applies for a hardship permit, allowing them to go to and from school or work, drive on the job, seek employment or get medical treatment, they will usually only be granted one if they have an IID installed. The driver is responsible for all costs associated with the purchasing and installation of the device.

The requirement usually begins the first day the suspension is lifted and must be installed for one year for first-time offenders, two years for second-time offenders and five years for third- time or subsequent offenders.  At the end of the initial requirement, the driver must submit proof to the DMV that he or she had no violations for at least the past 90 days. If the driver fails to show proof, the DMV will extend the requirement until the driver can show proof of a clean record.

Obviously, these are only part of the penalties you are responsible if you are convicted of a DUII. With so much at stake, it’s crucial to obtain experienced counsel who can guide you through the courts. Our team at Kroll & Johnson, P.C. are here to fight for you. Contact our offices today for your free, initial consultation.

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