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Ignition Interlock Devices and Florida Law

You may be wondering why you need an ignition interlock device on your car after a DUI conviction. It is a mandatory sentence, and if it is, why is it so important that you install one into your car? According to the Florida DMV, any driver that is convicted of a second DUI must have an ignition interlock device installed in their car as part of their punishment.

Often when a driver has a very high BAC, he or she may be forced to install an ignition interlock device on a first conviction as an additional punishment. If you have a BAC of .20 or more on your first DUI conviction, then the court will probably mandate an ignition interlock device. Also, in Florida if you have a minor in your car at the time of your DUI you will have to get an ignition interlock device regardless of how many times you have been convicted.

For a second conviction, you will have to keep the ignition interlock device on your car for at least one year. If your second conviction involves a BAC over 0.20 or if you had a minor in the car then you need to keep the device on for an additional year. Also, third and subsequent convictions will always merit at least two years with an ignition interlock device installed on your car. Normally, installing an ignition interlock device costs about $70 which will come out of your personal finances.

You will also need to by the $67.50 each month for monitoring and calibration, and give a $100 refundable deposit which will serve as collateral should you break the device. The Florida DMV says that that there were 33,625 DUI convictions in 2011. Because the problem is so prevalent, this state takes DUIs seriously. Talk to a DUI attorney at Thomas & Paulk if you have more questions about ignition interlock devices and want to try and eliminate this burden from your life by reducing your sentence.

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