Will I Have to Pay for an Ignition Interlock Device?
There are many potential consequences for a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in the State of California. If convicted, you could face steep fines, lengthy imprisonment, and the suspension of your driving privileges. The consequences don’t stop when your license suspension ends, however. In order to drive after your DUI conviction, the court may require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. What is an IID, and who has to pay for it?
What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An IID is a device installed into your vehicle that is tied into your ignition. In order to start your vehicle and drive, you will be required to blow through a tube attached to the IID. The IID tests your breath for the presence of alcohol; if no alcohol is present, you will be able to start your engine. But if the IID detects alcohol on your breath, the device will prevent you from starting or driving your vehicle.
Who Pays for My IID?
While an IID gives you the opportunity to drive when the courts would otherwise not allow it, there are obvious downsides to the requirement of an IID. For starters, the cost of installing and maintaining an IID can be prohibitive for many. And if you want the ability to drive after your DUI conviction, you will be paying these costs yourself. The costs include:
- The cost of the IID
- Installation Fees
- Monitoring Fees
- Calibration Costs
In addition to these non-refundable expenses, you will also have to pay a security deposit that you will only recover once the device is returned in good working order. There are a variety of IID providers throughout California, and the total cost can vary from county to county. The attorneys with the Wilber Law Offices, P.C. can assist you in finding the right IID provider.
Is Financial Assistance Available?
In some cases, the DMV or the criminal court that required the IID will offer some flexibility if you can show you can’t afford the up-front costs of an IID. In those cases, you might be given the opportunity to pay for the costs of the IID with a payment plan over time instead of needing to pay for the full amount up front. While a payment plan is a possibility, there is no guarantee that you will receive one from either the court or the DMV.
Contact the Wilber Law Offices, P.C. For DUI Help in Sonoma County
Having an experienced Sonoma County DUI attorney at your side gives you the best chance to avoid a conviction in your DUI case. While you can expect to be pressured to plead guilty, it is important that you consult an attorney before waiving any of your constitutional rights.
The experienced DUI defense attorneys with the Wilber Law Offices, P.C. can help explain your rights and develop a defense that is tailored to the facts of your case. Contact the Wilber Law Offices, P.C. today to schedule your free consultation.