You have been convicted of a Georgia driving under the influence (DUI) infraction for a second time. After completing a series of sentencing penalties, you have been allowed to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in the vehicle you drive. What is this, and how will it affect your life?

How a Georgia DUI Conviction Can Lead to an Ignition Interlock Device

Georgia law defines a DUI as driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. Repeat DUI offenders will be required, with very few exceptions, to install an ignition interlock device at their own expense. Here is how it breaks down:

If you are convicted for DUI a second time within five years, you will face: 

  • 48 hours to one year of jail time.
  • From $600 to $1,000 in fines.
  • A 12-month or more suspension of your driving privileges. 
  • A possible 30 days of community service. 
  • A likely completion of an alcohol- or drug-risk reduction program.
  • A clinical evaluation

For a third infraction in the five-year period, everything simply increases. However, when you are finally eligible to have your driving privileges reinstated, you can apply for an IID. 

How an IID Works

IIDs are designed to measure the amount of alcohol on your breath. The device is connected to your vehicle’s ignition system. Before you can start the engine, you must breathe into the machine. If you exceed a pre-set standard, you aren’t going anywhere. 

Your device may also include a “rolling re-test.” While operating the vehicle, the machine alerts you to submit a breath sample. If you are over the set limit, your horn and lights will begin to sound and flash—and they won’t stop until you either turn the car off or submit a clean sample. 

All this may sound pretty threatening, but having the ability to drive can make your life so much easier.

What an IID Costs in Georgia

In our state, you are required by law to pay all costs associated with your IID. These costs include:

  • $75 Installation
  • $75 Security Deposit
  • $35 Theft Protection
  • $75 Monthly Monitoring Fees

Your device will be installed at locations throughout the state through the North Metro Traffic School, a licensed court services company.

How to Avoid the Whole Mess

Of course, if you had been able to beat the DUI charges or lessen the penalties in the first place, you might not be facing the expense and stigma of an IID. As a north Georgia DUI defense law firm, we understand the law and the kind of defense you need to fight your DUI charge. 

Contact the Law Office of Scott Miller today to get the legal support you need. Call 770-408-1001, or fill out the free consultation form on this page. 

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