If you have two or more DUI convictions in Pennsylvania within the past 10 years, PennDOT will require you to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your car. In addition to PennDOT requiring the installation of the Ignition Interlock Device, Pennsylvania DUI offenders are also issued a restricted Ignition Interlock License (ILL). PennDOT will not only count Pennsylvania DUI convictions when calculating whether it will require you to obtain a restricted license; it will also consider a DUI ARD and out of state DUI convictions within the past 10 years too.
Ignition Interlock Device for DUIs in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County Pennsylvania
Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us to discuss the installation of the Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle, and whether PennDOT properly calculated your driving history when requiring you to obtain a restricted Ignition Interlock license.
Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock License
The Ignition Interlock License is easily recognized by law enforcement to indicate the holder of the license is only allowed to drive vehicles that have IIDs installed in them. PennDOT requires the Ignition Interlock restricted license for a period of one year. If the licensee has no other violations during that time, the licensee is eligible for a regular Pennsylvania driver license. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us to discuss if PennDOT properly required you to obtain an Ignition Interlock restricted license.
Ignition Interlock Device for Pennsylvania DUIs
The IID is a breath device that is incorporated into the ignition function of the car. A person must introduce breath into the device in order to start the car and at sporadic intervals while driving. IID installation costs approximately $1,000.00, plus a monthly maintenance fee. The person convicted of the DUI offense pays the cost of the IID and monthly fee.
PennDOT requires the IID to be installed on every vehicle owned, operated and leased by the person required to get the IIL. That includes vehicles not currently registered with PennDOT, vehicles not in running condition, and antique and classic vehicles where the insurance has been dropped for the season. If the car required having an IID is driven by a family member, that person will have to go through the breath test to start the car and provide sporadic breath while driving.
IIL and IID for Pennsylvania DUIs
If a job requires a person with an IIL restricted license to drive, the employer can allow him to drive a company owned vehicle without the IID. The employer must complete an Ignition Interlock Employment Exemption Affidavit, and the person with the IIL must possess the Employment Exemption Affidavit while operating the employer owned vehicle without the IID. Failure to possess the Affidavit may result in the person being cited for driving without an IID. The Employment Exemption Affidavit cannot be used to drive a school bus, school vehicle or a vehicle designed to transport more than 15 passengers.
Violati0ns incurred when a driver has an IIL are harsh. If you have the restricted license, and you are caught driving without the IID, you may be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. If you are caught driving without the IID and have a BAC of 0.025 percent or greater, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 90 days in jail and a minimum $1,000.00 fine. In either event, PennDOT will revoke the IIL and suspend your driver license. At the end of the suspension period you can be issued a new IIL restricted license that will once again be required for a period of one year. If you are caught tampering with the IID by attempting to use a different person’s breath, you may be sentenced up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.
The only way to know if the Ignition Interlock License and Device is proper is to make an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us for a free initial consultation to learn more about the Ignition Interlock License and Device. As your Pennsylvania DUI criminal defense lawyer, we will provide experienced and aggressive representation you can trust. Your DUI case is important, and it will receive the personal attention it deserves.