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DUI Charges In Florida: What To Know About Florida’s Ignition Interlock Program


Were you or a loved one arrested and charged with a DUI in Florida? It is one of the most common criminal charges filed in our state—and, if prosecutors obtain a conviction, a DUI charge can carry very serious criminal penalties. You may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your primary vehicle. Within this article, our Orlando drunk driving defense lawyer provides a comprehensive overview of the key things to understand about Florida’s ignition interlock program.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)? 

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device installed in vehicles to prevent intoxicated individuals from operating them. It is commonly used as a tool to enforce sobriety for individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). An IID requires the driver to provide a breath sample before starting the vehicle. If the sample detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the predetermined limit, the vehicle will not start. Additionally, the device may require random retests while driving to ensure continuous sobriety. 

An Overview of Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in Florida 

As explained by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), our state has a comprehensive IID program in place. The extent to which a motorist charged with a DUI will be required to install this type of device in their vehicle will depend on the specific circumstances of their case. Here is overview of the ignition interlock device requirements:

  • First Time DUI: Not required by law, may be imposed by court.
  • First Time DUI (0.15 BAC or Higher): Required for at least six months.
  • Second Time DUI: Required for at least one year.
  • Second TIme DUI (0.15 BAC or Higher): Required for at least two years.
  • Third TIme DUI: Required for at least two years.

Florida Requires a Motorist to Bear the Cost of an IID 

In Florida, motorists convicted of certain DUI offenses are required to bear the cost of installing and maintaining an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in their vehicles. In other words,  individuals found guilty of driving under the influence may be responsible for the expenses associated with the IID, including installation, monthly fees, and maintenance. It is a requirement that serves as a deterrent and reinforces the seriousness of DUI offenses, emphasizing the responsibility of drivers to ensure their own sobriety before operating a vehicle. An experienced Orlando, FL defense lawyer can help you navigate IID requirements and other issues in your DUI case. 

Set Up a Confidential Consultation With a Top Orlando, FL Criminal Defense Attorney

At The Baez Law Firm, our law firm knows how to get results. If you have any questions or concerns about Florida’s Ignition Interlock program, we are more than ready to help. Give us a phone call now or connect with us online to set up your no obligation initial consultation. With an office in Orlando, we defend DUI charges in Orange County and all around Central Florida.



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