Ignition Interlock Devices in Georgia
An ignition interlock device (IID) is like a breathalyzer for your car. However, the IID doesn't just measure a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC), but it determines whether they can even start the car. IIDs are installed in the vehicles of some driver's who are convicted of drunk driving to prohibit them from drinking and taking to the road when they have alcohol in their system. In Georgia, an IID is required for drivers convicted of a second DUI.
The IID is attached to the car and in order for the driver to start the car, the driver has to blow a clean breath into the device with no alcohol detected. Only after a clean breath is blown will the driver be able to drive. Then, at periodic points, the IID will signal the driver needs to blow another clean breath. If the test breaths fail, then the IID will record the failure.
Any driver convicted of their second DUI can only get a provisional driving permit if they meet certain conditions. Those drivers will first have to wait out a hard 120 day suspension without any driving anywhere. After that, drivers have to complete an education course and install an IID in their vehicle. They will then be granted a provisional driving permit to be able to drive to and from work or school, to medical appointments, court-approved counseling, support groups, and court appearances.
An IID isn't just an inconvenience, it can also get very expensive. The driver has to pay to have the device installed, up to about $200, as well as monthly rental fees, and maintenance fees, which quickly add up.
It is more difficult to trick or bypass an IID than most people think. There are stories, tips, tricks, myths, and even products sold online that promise to fool an IID, but the technology behind IIDs has continued to keep up with most of these tricks. Filing to bypass the IID will not only not start the car, but it may be recorded for law enforcement or a probation officer to see. Trying to bypass the IID can result in additional penalties.
Failing an IID in Georgia
Failing an IID breath may land a driver in jail. Many drivers will be on probation after a DUI arrest, which carries certain requirements, including the prohibition on drinking alcohol. Not just drinking and driving, but any drinking is against the rules. That means if the probation officer finds out the individual has been drinking, they may try and have probation revoked. If probation is revoked, then that could mean jail time. While a probation officer won't be following you around to see if you sip a drink, the IID will record any failed breath tests for the probation officer to see.
Georgia DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with your second DUI in Atlanta, that does not have to mean a second DUI conviction. A second DUI conviction will mean you have to have an IID in your car for months, and risk the penalties associated with violating probation. There are many ways to fight a DUI charge, and an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Atlanta will be able to identify your defenses to get your charges dismissed or reduced. Call me today, anytime day or night, and we will fight to keep a second or third DUI conviction off your record.