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Ignition Interlock Device for first time DUI Offenders in Los Angeles.

As a result of Assembly Bill 91, defendants convicted of DUI in Los Angeles County will be required to show proof of installation in their vehicle of an ignition interlock device. This Bill becomes effective July 1st, 2010. For first offenders, the period required for installation of the device will be five months. The period of installation will be longer for repeat offenders. Installation of the device will be a mandatory requirement before the DMV will grant restricted license privileges. The Bill creates a pilot program for certain counties including Los Angeles County.

The law requires the device to be installed in every vehicle owned or operated by any defendant convicted of a DUI. The device requires that a person blow into a tube before starting their vehicle. If alcohol is registered on that persons breath, the device will not allow the vehicle to start. The device must be calibrated by a certified provider every sixty days. Missing these appointments can result in an extended license suspension.

Previously, State law allowed courts to require installation of an IID as a discretionary term of probation for offenders with high blood alcohol levels, but this was not typically ordered by the courts. In addition, the DMV may require the installation of an IID as a condition of granting a restricted license for multiple offenders after a one year period of suspension.

If you have any questions about ignition interlock devices or penalties for DUI in Los Angeles, please call Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorneys Nigel Witham and Jeffrey Gold.