In South Carolina, first time DUI offenders must have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. This device requires drivers blow into the device and take a breathalyzer test for alcohol before the car will start. If any alcohol is detected, even if below the limit, the car will not start. While this device may help reduce your risk for getting behind the wheel impaired, it can cost thousands of dollars to have, especially for people who drive for their jobs. A DUI attorney is always needed to get around the IID requirement and having this penalty waived is difficult, even for the best DUI attorney.
What Does an Ignition Interlock Device Cost?
Ignition Interlock Devices cost upwards of $2,000 to purchase and have installed. However, the greatest cost associated with an IID is the risk of unemployment. If you drive a company vehicle for your job, you will be needed to have an IID installed on the company car as well as your personal vehicle. This requirement often results in job loss because few employers want to pay for modification on a company vehicle for one employee. Most companies that hire drivers also require drivers to have a clean driving history.
When you get a DUI and must have an IID you can no longer meet the requirements for many employers and could lose your job.
How Does an IID Work?
In addition to the breathalyzer test to start the vehicle, an IID also offers a rolling retest feature which means that at sporadic times while driving, the device will prompt the driver to take a test. After 5 minutes, if the driver hasn’t pulled over and administered the test, the device will cause the car horn to beep and lights to flash, making quite a commotion until the car is pulled over and turned off.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, the best way to avoid an IID requirement is to hire an experienced DUI attorney to defend your case before you see the courtroom.
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