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The ignition interlock device is a key tool in DWI rehabilitation

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, about 28 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in the United States. This happened between 2012 and 2021, a statistic showing the seriousness of the country’s DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) issue.

But what if there is a potent tool that could substantially lower these numbers and aid in the rehabilitation of offenders? That is where the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) comes in.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

An Ignition Interlock Device is a small breathalyzer installed in your vehicle. Its primary function is to prevent the engine from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath. In Missouri, IIDs are often needed for individuals convicted of DWI, especially for first-time offenders.

When is an IID Required in Missouri?

In Missouri, the court may order the installation of an IID under the following circumstances:

  • First-time DWI offense: If you are a first-time DWI offender with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, you may have to install an IID to reinstate your driving privileges during a restricted driving period.
  • Second or subsequent DWI offenses: If you have multiple DWI convictions, the court is more likely to mandate IID installation as a condition for reinstating your license.
  • Refusing a BAC test: If you refuse to take a BAC test during a DWI arrest, you may face IID installation as a requirement for reinstating your license.

Note that Missouri has a list of approved devices you can use if you must install an IID per the state’s regulations. Further, this law extends to individuals living in other states who have two or more intoxication-related offenses in Missouri.

The Impact of an IID on your life

While an IID may seem like an inconvenience, it can be a valuable tool for rehabilitation and keeping your driving privileges. It provides a tangible way for you to demonstrate your commitment to responsible driving and sobriety.

However, it is essential to remember that if you fail or tamper with the IID, you could face serious consequences like extended IID requirements, license suspension or additional legal issues. To stay on the right track, make sure to follow all IID program rules and maintain a clean record.

Understanding when and why an IID may be needed can have an impact on your ability to regain your driving privileges. Embracing the IID program and using it as a tool for rehabilitation can help you move forward after a DWI conviction. If you are facing DWI charges or have questions about IIDs, consult with a DWI defense attorney to navigate the legal process effectively.