Alabama DUI: Understanding the Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

If you are charged with a DUI, or you have been convicted of it, you will likely hear about something called an Ignition Interlock Device, or IID. These devices are designed to make it so your vehicle is inoperable until you blow into the device, which checks your blood alcohol content. If alcohol is present, you will be unable to drive. Learning more about IIDs will help you to prepare for your future and protect your rights. Contact us if you have more questions after reading this blog. For now, here are the basics:

Will I Have to Have an IID Installed After a First Time DUI?

In most situations, yes. The courts are required to order you to use an IID for a first time offense if your BAC was .15 or higher, there was any type of injury involved in the arrest, if there was a child under the age of 14 in the vehicle, or if the driver refused to submit to a breath test. Even in cases where none of these apply, the courts will often order the IID in order to get your license reinstated.

How do Multiple DUI Convictions Impact IID Orders?

Additional DUI convictions will require that your vehicle has an IID installed regardless of the circumstances. For a second DUI, the device needs to be installed for 2 years. For a third offense it is three years, and for the fourth (and any additional) offenses, the IID must be in place for at least five years.

Who Pays for the IID?

You will be responsible for all costs associated with the IID. This includes having it installed, and having it removed once it is no longer required. If the device is damaged, you will also be responsible for paying to get it fixed or replaced.

Is an IID Required for All Vehicles I Drive?

Yes. If you are ordered to have an IID installed due to a DUI conviction, you are not permitted to drive any vehicle without an IID. This means you can’t borrow a friends vehicle, drive a work car, or have a second car that you drive.

Where Can I Get an IID Installed?

You must go to an authorized IID installer and have them complete the process. If any maintenance needs to be done on the device, it also has to be completed by an authorized company. All courts in Alabama will have an updated list of the approved companies that can complete this type of work.

How is the IID Removed?

You will need to go back to the location where the IID was installed in order to have it removed. Bring the court-issued paperwork showing that you are authorized to have it removed as well so they can complete the job.

Written by John M. Totten

John M. Totten

John's office is in Athens, Alabama, where he has helped thousands of people in North Alabama with everything from family law issues, to catastrophic injury and death cases, to criminal defense.