The state of Pennsylvania is serious about keeping intoxicated drivers off the road and imposes strict penalties for anyone convicted of DUI.
Depending on the circumstances, the court may order installation of an ignition interlock device. What is this and how does it work?
For a first-time offender, penalties for a DUI conviction vary depending on the nature and severity of the offense. They range from probation to possible jail time, fines, community service and alcohol education programs. The court may also order a first-time offender with a high blood alcohol content level to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle he or she drives. A repeat DUI offender with a BAC of .16 or higher is looking at a minimum 90 days of jail time, license suspension of 18 months and mandatory installation of an IID.
About the IID
An IID is a small device about the size of a cell phone, which is basically a computer equipped with a mouthpiece. The driver blows into the mouthpiece and the IID measures the level of alcohol present in his or her system. The IID wires to the engine and the vehicle will not start unless the driver passes the test.
A successful defense
If the court orders an IID, the person convicted of DUI must purchase and maintain the device, which will remain in place for one year. But the circumstances may not warrant harsh penalties or IID installation. Remember that even a repeat DUI deserves a defense strategy that protects a driver’s rights and builds a case geared toward the best outcome possible.