If you or a loved one has been convicted of a DUI in Iowa, it's essential to understand the rules and requirements surrounding ignition interlock devices (IIDs). An IID is a breathalyzer installed in a vehicle's ignition system, and it requires the driver to provide a breath sample for alcohol testing before starting the car.
When is an IID Required?
In Iowa, the requirement to install an ignition interlock device varies based on the severity of the DUI offense and whether it was a first-time or repeat offense. If it's a first-time offense, you may be required to install an IID if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.10% or higher at the time of the arrest. Regardless of BAC level, repeat offenders are usually required to install an IID.
Furthermore, if you're seeking a temporary restricted license while your license is suspended due to a DUI conviction, you will be required to install an IID in your vehicle, regardless of the BAC level at the time of the offense.
How Much Does an IID Cost?
There are several costs associated with an IID, including installation, monthly maintenance, and removal fees. The installation fee usually ranges from $100 to $200, while the monthly maintenance fee ranges from $50 to $100. Additionally, there will be a fee for removing the device once the required period has ended. It's important to note that these fees are the responsibility of the DUI offender, not the state.
How Long Do I Need to Keep the IID?
The length of time an IID is required in your vehicle varies depending on the details of your case. In Iowa, for a first-time offender with a BAC of 0.10% or higher, an IID must be installed for at least 6 months. For repeat offenders, the minimum IID requirement period can range from 1 year to 2 years, depending on the severity and repetition of the offense.
What Happens if I Don't Comply With IID Requirements?
Failure to comply with IID requirements can result in severe consequences, including an extension of the IID installation period, additional fines, or even jail time. If you tamper with the device, remove it without authorization, or attempt to start the vehicle without providing a sample, you may face additional penalties.
Get Help, Get Hope
Understanding when an ignition interlock device is required after a DUI in Iowa can be vital to successfully navigate this challenging situation. At Hope Law Firm, our team can help you fight your DUI charges and avoid needing an IID installed in your vehicle. Call us today at (515) 298-5056 to request a free consultation with a member of our team.