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MANDATORY IGNITION INTERLOCK (IID) LAW TO GO INTO EFFECT in 2019

MANDATORY IGNITION INTERLOCK (IID) LAW TO GO INTO EFFECT in 2019

Starting January 1, 2019, a new law will require those convicted of Vehicle Code Section 23152 (DUI-Driving Under the Influence) in California to install an IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE (IID). While proponents cite studies that IIDs reduce DUI incidents, this is certainly not good news for those already saddled with expensive fines, programs and other punishments.

IIDs are small breathalyzers that are attached to a vehicle's steering column, requiring a driver to provide a breath sample before the vehicle can start: if the sample contains alcohol, the vehicle will not start. As the person drives their vehicle, the breathalyzer device requires that the driver periodically blow into the device during the trip.

Who Will Be Required to Install an IID Under the Ignition Interlock Device Law in California?

Ignition Interlock Device installation will be mandatory in DUI cases and will require installation for a six month period. An offender may choose a six-month IID requirement with full driving privileges, or a one-year restricted license that would only allow them to drive to and from work if they also participate in a treatment program

  • First DUI Offense: Six Months
  • Second DUI offense: One year
  • Third DUI offense: Two years
  • Fourth or subsequent DUI offense: Three years

As with any breath testing device, these IIDs are not infallible. If required to install a device, always err on the side of caution: no alcohol of any kind, including mouthwashes and other substances that may trigger a false reading. 

This is only a brief summary of the 2019 changes to California's IID laws. For more information, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of David Welch

David Welch

First and foremost, Attorney David Welch is an experienced litigator. With over two decades of experience handling hundreds of cases, he prides himself on his zealous representation of his clients. While most cases do not proceed to trial, his record of success enables him fearlessly advocate through negotiations or, if necessary, jury trial. Attorney Welch received his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctor from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law located in San Diego, California. Since 1995, he has developed an extensive background in criminal law as well as in civil litigation. He has handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from DUI and juvenile matters to domestic violence, white collar crimes, sex crimes and violent crimes. His clients have included professionals such as nurses, doctors, teachers, military personnel in all branches of the US Military. David A. Welch is licensed to practice law in the State of California as well as the United States District Court. He has established a strong presence throughout Southern California Courts. Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice: California State Bar, 1995 American Bar Association, 1995 California Courts (Includes California Superior, Appeals and Supreme Courts), 1995 U.S. District Court, 1996 Professional & Bar Association Memberships State Bar of California DUI Defense Lawyers Association National College of DUI Defense Member Since: 2008 Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Practice Areas DUI Defense Criminal Defense Manslaughter Hate Crimes Fraud Crimes Sex Crimes Stalking Weapons Charges Juvenile Crimes Misdemeanor and Felony Expungement Certificate of Rehabilitation Governor Pardons

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