If a Florida driver is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and then later convicted on those charges, they may face a variety of possible legal consequences. While they may lose their driving privileges either through a license suspension or revocation, they may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. The remainder of this post will discuss what an ignition interlock device is and what it is used for.

An ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer. A person must blow into it in order to demonstrate the concentration of alcohol in their body (their “BAC”), but the location of an ignition interlock device is different than where one would expect to find a breathalyzer. While law enforcement officials use breathalyzers on drivers in an attempt to obtain evidence of intoxication, an ignition interlock device is located in a driver’s car.

The device is installed so that the driver of the car must blow into it and have an alcohol-free reading in order for the vehicle to start. If the driver blows breath that shows that they have been drinking, then the ignition interlock device will prevent them from starting the car. Ignition interlock devices are often imposed upon individuals who have prior drunk driving convictions but who are allowed to maintain some driving privileges.

As stated, there are a number of penalties that can be assessed against drivers who are convicted of drunk driving charges. One of the best ways to avoid these sometimes life-altering events is to work with a DUI defense attorney who can steer their client toward useful defense options and strategies.