If you are accused of driving under the influence (DUI) for the first time, you may be wondering, “Will I be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on my vehicle or all vehicles that I drive?” It depends, but it is possible. Under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes, IIDs are required to be installed on the vehicles driven by certain individuals who are convicted of DUI.
Florida’s IID program applies to certain individuals convicted of DUI after July 1, 2002, when they become eligible for a restricted driver license or when their permanent driver license is reinstated. Additionally, an IID is required when a driver is convicted of certain types of DUI cases and he or she applies for a restricted license so they can drive for work or business.
If the court requires a DUI defendant to install an IID, his or her driver's license will be issued what’s called a “P restriction,” which indicates they are required to have an IID installed on their vehicle. On the day the “P restriction” is issued, the defendant’s required IID time period begins.
Approved IID Service Providers in Florida
If the court says that you must install an IID, you have to contact an approved provider for installation. The following service providers meet the requirements laid out in 15A-9.007, F.A.C., Section 316.1938 of the Florida Statutes, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Standards:
- Model # SSI2030 from Smart Start
- Model # Alcolock LR from ALCOLOCK
- Model # AMS2000 from Guardian Interlock
- Model # 1001A from Intoxalock
- Model # Drager Interlock 7000 by Florida Interlock Inc./Draeger
“When is an IID required in Florida DUI cases?” Here’s your answer:
- First DUI conviction if ordered by the court.
- First DUI conviction with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of 0.15 or above: a minimum of six months.
- First DUI conviction with a minor in the vehicle
- Second DUI: a minimum of one year.
- Second DUI with a BAL of 0.15 or above: a minimum of two years.
- Third DUI: minimum of two years.
- Four or more DUI convictions (condition to have a hardship license): a minimum of five years.
If you’re facing DUI charges, contact my firm to learn more about IID requirements and the Back on Track Program.