Ignition Interlock Device in Florida
After a DUI arrest, a person might install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle on a voluntary basis or because the court or DHSMV ordered it.
The interlock device can be installed on a voluntary basis, even if you are not convicted of DUI or required to install it by the court or DHSMV. For example, a person might install the IID on a voluntary basis because they want to enter a DUI diversion program.
Even if diversion isn’t an option, an attorney might recommend a person install the IID voluntarily to negotiate a better resolution to a DUI case.
After a DUI conviction, the court might order you to install an ignition interlock device. The imposition of that condition can be required or discretionary, depending on the statutory requirements for the charge.
Even if the court failed to order the placement of an ignition interlock device for the mandatory time required under Sections 316.193 or 316.1937, the DHSMV is authorized to order the installation of the ignition interlock device on any vehicle owned, leased, or routinely operated by the defendant.
Attorney on the Ignition Interlock Device in Florida
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients charged with DUI throughout Florida. We understand the pros and cons of installing an ignition interlock device on a voluntary basis after a DUI arrest. Our attorneys also understand the requirements that the court or the DHSMV might impose after a DUI conviction.
Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss this or other criminal penalties after a DUI conviction.
Or visit the links below for more information on the ignition interlock device for Tampa in Hillsborough County, New Port Richey or Dade City in Pasco County, St. Petersburg or Clearwater in Pinellas County, and Bartow in Polk County, FL.
How does the Ignition Interlock Device Work?
The ignition interlock device in Florida uses fuel cell technology, allowing the vehicle to start only after the driver blows into the device to ensure that his breath sample registers a breath alcohol reading below 0.05.
The equipment then requires the driver to take the test again at random intervals while driving down the road.
The data obtained from the device is sent through an internet-based reporting program, which the driver’s probation officer can view at any time. The probation officer can potentially use any positive reading to violate the driver’s probation if the probationer is forbidden from consuming alcohol.
When Should You Install the Interlock Device After a DUI Conviction?
When should you install the ignition interlock device after a DUI conviction? You can wait to have the interlock device installed on a vehicle until after you have an appointment to reinstate your driving privilege if you are approved for a hardship license.
So, after entering the plea to DUI, if the court suspends your license and orders you to install the ignition interlock device, you can apply for the hardship immediately after the plea (if you have a certified final disposition showing the DUI conviction).
Then, after you are approved for the hardship license at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews, you can set an appointment to reinstate your driving privileges and install the interlock device.
The DHSMV does NOT require you to install the ignition interlock device before the hearing. The DHSMV will only give you credit for the time you have the interlock on their vehicle once you have valid driving privileges.
How Long Must the Ignition Interlock Device be Installed?
The ignition interlock device must be installed under the following circumstances:
|Ignition Interlock Device Required
|1st DUI conviction
|If court orders for at least 6 continuous months – §316.1937(1)
|1st DUI conviction if blood-alcohol level is ≥ 0.15, or minor passenger in the vehicle
|Mandatory for at least 6 continuous months – §316.193(4)(c)
|2nd DUI conviction
|Mandatory for at least 1 year – §316.193(2)(a)3
|2nd DUI conviction if blood-alcohol level is ≥ 0.15, or minor passenger in the vehicle
|Mandatory for at least 2 continuous years – §316.193(4)(c)
|3rd DUI conviction
|Mandatory for at least 2 years – § 316.193(2)(b)2
Certain men and women convicted of DUI are required to install an ignition interlock device before restoring the privilege to drive in Florida under Florida Statute Section 316.193.
Under Florida Statute Section 322.271, the installation of the ignition interlock device is required before the driver can obtain a “business purpose only” or “work purpose only” restricted driver’s license.
Additionally, the installation of the ignition interlock device may be required before reinstatement of the Florida driver’s license. When the driver becomes eligible for the program, the driver’s license is issued a “P” restriction. If the interlock device is required as part of your DUI conviction, then the court will report that requirement to the DHSMV.
Under § 316.1937(7), if the court limits a person convicted of DUI to driving only vehicles “equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device,” employer-owned vehicles used by the convicted offender in the course of employment are excluded.
How Much Does it Cost to Install the Ignition Interlock Device?
The costs required for the Ignition Interlock Device are subject to change but were reported to include a $100 refundable deposit or a $5 charge each month, $70 for installation, and $67.50 per month for calibration and monitoring.
One important consideration after a DUI arrest throughout the Tampa Bay area is avoiding any requirement for installation of the dreaded ignition internet device.
The court is authorized to determine the person’s ability to pay for the installation of the device if the person claims inability to pay. If the court determines that the person is unable to pay for the installation of the device, the court may order any portion of a fine paid by the person for a violation of s. 316.193 shall be allocated to defray the costs of installing the device. § 316.1937(2)(d).
What if the Court Does Not Order the Installation of an Interlock Device in Florida?
Florida law was modified to expressly authorize the DHSMV to order the installation of the ignition interlock device or modification of the court order where the court fails to order placement for the mandatory time required under F.S. Sections 316.193 or 316.1937. See F.S. 322.2715(4).
Interlock Systems of Florida
(Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp.)
Vendor for South Florida Counties
Toll Free: 1-866-837-8646
Interlock Group of Florida
(LifeSafer Interlock, Inc.)
Vendor for North Florida Counties
This article was last updated on Friday, December 22, 2023.