Florida's Ignition Interlock (IID) Requirements
If you’re facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Florida, you may be wondering if you’ll have to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) if you’re found guilty, and that’s a reasonable question to have. An IID is a small hand-held device that is connected to the vehicle’s ignition. Before you drive, you have to breathe into the device. If the IID detects any alcohol in your breath, it would prevent the vehicle from starting.
Every state has some form of IID laws. Some states require that all DUI defendants install them after they’ve been convicted, even for first DUI offenses. Meanwhile, other states say they’re up to the judge’s discretion, or they have to be installed on a second or third offense. But what does the law in Florida say about IIDs? Read on as I explain.
Florida’s IID Laws
Florida’s laws regarding IIDs can be found under Section 316.193 of the Florida Statutes. Under sec. 316.193, the law requires that IIDs be installed on the vehicles of specific DUI defendants who have been convicted of DUI. Additionally, if someone is convicted of DUI and they decide to apply for a restricted license, which lets them drive for business or work purposes only, they are required to install an IID.
If you are required by the court to install an IID, you will have to contact an approved provider. As of this writing, the approved providers in Florida include Guardian Interlock, Florida Interlock Inc./Draeger, ALCOLOCK, Intoxalock, and Smart Start.
Which DUI defendants are required to install an IID?
- First Conviction: If the court orders it
- First Conviction With a Minor in the Car or BAL of 0.15% or above: A minimum of six months
- Second Conviction: A minimum of one year
- Second Conviction with a BAL of 0.15% or Above: At least two years
- Third Conviction: A minimum of two years
- Four or Subsequent Conviction: A minimum of five years
I hope this article helped clear up some questions that you had. If you’re facing DUI charges, I urge you to contact my firm by calling (561) 475-2752 for a free consultation.