Ignition interlock device is used in Florida as one of the many conditions following a DUI conviction. Before a vehicle equipped with the ignition interlock device can start, the device takes a sample of the driver’s breath. The driver’s breath-alcohol level must be below a 0.05 to start the vehicle. To prevent misuse or deception, the device will also take random breath-alcohol tests while the car is running.
Mandatory use of theignition interlock device and length of use are determined by the specific circumstances of your DUI conviction. Depending on your circumstances, the court could order use of the device for up to 5 years. If use of the device is ordered by the court, any vehicle that you own or lease must be equipped with an ignition interlock device upon reinstatement of your driver’s license or a hardship license. For a second or subsequent DUI conviction in St. Petersburg, the court will mandate use of the ignition interlock device. For a first time DUI offense, the court has the discretion to order use of the device if the blood or breath alcohol level is below 0.15. However, a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.15 or higher will result in mandatory installation.
If you have been ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, this must be completed through interlock Systems of Florida. You will be responsible for scheduling installation and for paying all of the costs associated with installation and use of the ignition interlock device. The Suncoast Safety Council will handle the supervision of the device throughout your required use.
Before the court orders you to install an ignition interlock device, contact our skilled attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-781-9696 to discuss your options.