People who live in Florida and who find themselves accused of drunk driving offenses will want to educate themselves about the potential penalties they may face if they are ultimately convicted of a driving under the influence charge. The penalties associated with a DUI conviction vary based in part on the person’s blood alcohol content at the time of their arrest, any prior offenses they may have on their record, whether a minor was in the vehicle at the time of their arrest, and whether or not any person was injured while they were allegedly driving while impaired.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, consequences for a DUI conviction may include fines, vehicle impoundment and the loss of driving privileges. Some people may be able to apply for and be granted the right to reinstate their driving privileges if they install and use an ignition interlock device.
The 2019 Florida Statutes indicate that persons with at least one previous DUI conviction on their record will be required to use an ignition interlock device for a set period of time. The defendant must pay all of the costs associated with the IID for the entire term they are required to use it. These costs include installation, calibrations or maintenance, leasing and ultimately removal.
Anyone required to use an ignition interlock device must have one installed in every vehicle they own or lease, even if another person is listed on the purchase or lease agreement. For many people the use of an IID allows them to maintain their job and keep up with their life.