Ignition Interlock Devices in Snohomish
Information from a Top DUI Lawyer in the Bothell, WA Area
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a portable breathalyzer that is installed
into your car. Before you can start your vehicle, you must pass the breathalyzer
test each time. Because the ignition interlock device is wired to your
ignition, once you pass the test, you are able to start the car. The court
allows DUI offenders to obtain an ignition interlock device so that they
can continue to drive.
As a result of your
DUI arrest, you may be required to apply for and receive an ignition interlock device,
as well as an ignition interlock license (IIL). Generally, these devices
are required for repeat DUI offenders, as well as first-time offenders
whose blood alcohol content registered above a certain range. To preserve
your ability to drive legally, seek the guidance of an experienced
Snohomish County DUI attorney. I can help walk you through the process and help you comply with the
As your attorney, I can help with many elements of your IID application
and hearing, including:
- Negotiating for financial aid regarding payment for the device
- Competently presenting the facts of your case at the hearing
- Demonstrating to the court reasons why you may be able to be exempt from
Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Tips
If your IID reads a level of 0.025 or above, your car will not start. Here
are some helpful tips to remember after your IID is installed.
- Do not drink and drive!
- Do not allow anyone else to blow into your device.
- Do not use the IID as a “pass / fail” system to prove to your
friends that they have had too much to drink.
- Consider this: failed blows will be reported to the Court and /or the DOL.
To avoid having issues with your IID, wait 15 minutes before driving after
you have ingested or used:
- spicy food
- soda pop
- foods made with yeast (bread, donuts, cinnamon rolls)
- alcohol filled chocolate
- breath mints
- after shave
- hair spray
- nyquil (avoid using nyquil as it contains alcohol - and if you use this
product - you will be drinking alcohol!)
- If you have a false positive and you have not been drinking, make sure
you rinse your mouth with water & blow again to prove that the problematic
blow was a false positive.
- If you don’t provide an additional sample of your breath when asked,
you may be locked out and unable to drive your car. You may also have
to pay someone to “fix” the IID to allow you to drive again.
- If you don’t provide an additional sample of your breath after a
“bad” blow, this will be considered a failure. This may result
in the court calling you back to Court to address the failed blow (they
will presume that you were drinking and hiding something).
- Be sure to make all of your IID scheduled appointments
- Contact your IID provider and explain if you have an issue with your device.
They exist to help keep you driving.
Get Guidance from a Snohomish County DUI Defense Lawyer
Whether this is your first arrest or a repeat offense, consulting with
a knowledgeable DUI attorney can help streamline the application process
for your ignition interlock license and device. As your attorney, I help
you navigate the requirements regarding the installation of the device,
as well as guide you through the application process for a restricted
license. Your application must be turned in within a certain amount of
time, and you must fulfill certain requirements in order to be granted
the license. With my help, you can be one step closer to moving past your DUI.
Should you need it, follow this
LifeSafer link to access ignition interlock services.
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