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Ignition Interlock Device in Florida

If you were pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, you could have been placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A conviction of DUI could lead to misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the circumstances of the case. The penalties for this crime could include jail time, fines, a suspended license, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. If you have been charged with this crime, you will probably have many questions going through your mind, one of which is what is the ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer device in that the driver must breathe into it and then that breath sample will be analyzed. However, what sets this device apart is that this device is attached to the car's dashboard and the engine will not be allowed to start unless the driver breathes into the device. If their blood alcohol content reads higher than a certain amount, the car will not be allowed to start. The device may even require the driver to give another random breath sample after they have been driving. If they fail to breath into the device, an alarm will be triggered.

In Florida, if an individual was accused of DUI for the second time, they will have to install an ignition interlock device in their car. It may even be required after a first-time DUI if certain circumstances are present. This can prove to be expensive and inconvenient to say the least, so allow an attorney to examine your case if you were accused of this offense. Our team has over 20 years of combined experience on our side and will do everything in our power to protect your best interests. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.

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