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Understanding ignition interlock device laws in Indiana

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Operating while intoxicated is a serious offense in Indiana. The state has implemented strict ignition interlock device laws to deter people from driving while under the influence. These laws require people convicted of OWI offenses to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.

An IID is a breath test device installed in a vehicle that prevents it from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration exceeds a certain level.

Who needs an IID

People convicted of OWI in Indiana may have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. This is especially true for repeat offenses or instances involving high BAC levels. First-time offenders may also have to use the device, especially if their BAC level is significantly above the legal limit. They may also have to do so if there were aggravating circumstances surrounding the OWI incident.

How to comply with IID terms

Upon conviction, those subject to IID requirements must have the device installed in their vehicles at their own expense. A certified technician must perform the installation. Once installed, the device must undergo regular maintenance and calibration to ensure accuracy and proper functionality. Failure to comply with maintenance requirements can result in extended device usage.

How long an IID may be necessary

The duration for which someone must use an IID varies depending on the specifics of their OWI conviction. For repeat offenders or those with particularly high BAC levels, the requirement may be longer. Once the mandated period is over and all requirements are met, the individual may have the device removed from his or her vehicle.

Ignition interlock device laws promote road safety and prevent OWI-related accidents. Understanding these laws is helpful for anyone navigating the legal aftermath of an OWI conviction.