In some states across the nation, ignition interlock devices are required for anyone who has been convicted of a DUI. Florida is not included among these states, but ignition interlock laws do exist.
What Is An Ignition Interlock?
This device is a type of breathalyzer that attaches to our dashboard. In order to start your vehicle, you must blow into the mouthpiece and register below the restricted level. If your blood alcohol concentration is above the restricted level, our vehicle will not start.
Ignition Interlock in Florida
When you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you may be required to pay for the installation of one of these devices. Whether or not an ignition interlock is part of your sentence depends on the conviction.
Not only will you potentially be required to have the device installed, but you will be required to pay for it. You will also be required for the necessary monthly calibration associated with the device.
When you are ordered to have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle, you can expect to pay:
If you are unable to afford these costs, the court may tie them in with the fines you are required to pay directly to the court.
Not a Single Breath
Many people are under the assumption that they breathe into the device, start the car, and are good to go. This is not so. In fact, you will be required to blow into the device five minutes after your car starts and every 30 minutes thereafter. Ignition interlocks are designed this way to deter a driver from having a sober passenger blow into the device for them.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Florida, contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately. The sooner we begin working on your case, the better outcome you can expect. We are here for you. Call us today for a free consultation.