Ignition Interlock Devices

Hilton Head and Bluffton DUI Attorneys

In South Carolina, penalties related to driving under the influence (DUI) convictions can absolutely cripple the accused with high fines and jail time but that is not all you need to worry about if you are in such a predicament. In certain situations, you may have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed onto your automobile, bringing about a whole new set of troubles. The best way to deal with an IID on your car is to never get one in the first place. Doing that requires serious legal representation when you are charged with a DUI.

At Bauer & Metro, P.C., our Hilton Head DUI lawyers have 35+ years of combined legal experience taking on the biggest and toughest cases for our clients. Attorney Sam Bauer is the President of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers so you know his commitment to his clients and to fair treatment under the eyes of the law is unwavering. If you want to know what our team can do for you, you need only call 843.842.LAWS and ask during a free initial consultation.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

If you are like most other South Carolinians, you probably have not heard about an ignition interlock device before your DUI arrest. An IID is essentially a breathalyzer test attached right to the ignition of your vehicle. Before the engine can be started, you must blow into the device and get a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level reading back. In most cases, any result at 0.08% or higher will not permit you to start the car, although this number could be lower depending on the circumstances of your DUI.

An ignition interlock device is clearly a frustration for anyone who lives on the go. Not being able to hop in your car and drive without first taking a test and waiting for a machine to return a result is a major inconvenience. It is also a financial drain. To have the IID installed and eventually removed, the convicted is usually the one who has to foot the bill. Additionally, you can be taxed for every month the IID is active, usually upwards of $100.

Reasons an IID Could Be Installed

Not every DUI conviction in South Carolina will result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. Certain requirements must be met before the state imposes such a burden upon you.

You may be sentenced to an IID if you:

  • Get a 2nd or 3rd offense DUI conviction
  • Take a breath test and the result is 0.15% or higher
  • Refuse to take a chemical test

It is important to remember that a judge’s discretion can affect your DUI case. If the overseeing judge believes that you could be a danger to the commonwealth, you may be sentenced to an IID for any DUI conviction. Always prepare to defend yourself and your rights with a criminal defense lawyer.

Work with Experienced DUI Lawyers Now

There is no reason to leave your comfort and driving privileges up to chance when reliable, friendly, and knowledgeable legal counsel is available with one quick phone call to 843.842.5297 (LAWS). Our Hilton Head DUI attorneys can take up the case on your behalf and go head-to-head with the prosecution. Upholding your best interests is our priority from day one.

Contact us today to learn more about our law firm.

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