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Ignition Interlock Device

When You Should Call A St. Louis DUI Defense Lawyer

An ignition interlock device is a device connecting to your vehicle that prevents you from operating your car with a measurable blood alcohol level. If any alcohol is measured in the mouth, the engine of the vehicle will not start. In July 2008, Senate Bill 930/947 was passed, affecting all future repeat offenders of Missouri's DWI laws. This bill will also affect any past repeat offenders that have not had their driving privileges partially or fully reinstated before July 1, 2009.

Under this new law, if you already have a previous DWI on record and you received an additional suspension or revocation for DWI, or if you refuse to submit to an alcohol or drug test, you may have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle before your driving privilege can be reinstated. This new law also applies to Missouri drivers with alcohol-related offenses from other states.

Are you wondering how an ignition interlock device may apply in your case? Need help fighting back against an ignition interlock device being installed in your car? The St. Louis criminal defense and DUI attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC are here to help. Give us a call today!

How does an ignition interlock device work?

An ignition interlock device works to prevent someone that has previously been convicted of driving under the influence from repeating their actions and getting behind the wheel after drinking.

These devices are able to prevent a car from starting by:

  • The driver must blow into the mouthpiece before being able to start their car;
  • The fuel cell located inside the ignition interlock device analyzes the blood alcohol content in the breath; and
  • If the BAC is below a certain limit, the vehicle will start; or
  • If BAC is above the certain limit, the fuel cell will remain open and the car will not stop.

In order to prevent someone from asking a sober passersby or friend to blow into the device for them, ignition interlock devices have a built-in system that will require a driver to breathe into them while driving to ensure that they are sober. This information will be recorded and sent to authorities.

How can I get an ignition interlock device?

The installation of the IID must be completed by an approved vendor, and is normally in place for a minimum of six months. During this time period, you will be required to report to a certified IID vendor each month for maintenance to ensure the device is working properly. Failure to comply with this maintenance requirement will mean the suspension of your driving privileges. At this point, to have your driving privileges reinstated, you will have to go to an approved vendor, get the IID reinstalled or serviced, send proof to the Driver's License Bureau of the installation or service, and pay the required $20 reinstatement fee.

In certain situations, the court may impose a longer period for the IID. Failure to install the IID will lead to the revocation of your driving privileges for one year. A second offense will result in the loss of driving privileges for five years.

For individuals that refuse to submit to an alcohol or drug test, this new law will require you to file proof of automobile liability insurance with the Department of Revenue to get your license reinstated. This proof of insurance must be filed with the Department of Revenue for a two-year period from the date of revocation. The most common proof of insurance is the SR-22, which will be filed by your insurance carrier. In addition, you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee, and complete SATOP ( Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program).

Let a St. Louis DUI Defense Lawyer Protect You

Under Missouri law, even a first-time DUI conviction can find you with an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle. This is not only an immense expense, but inhibits your ability to freely drive. When your rights are on the line, you must fight back! With an experienced DUI attorney in St. Louis, you can be confident that your case is in good hands. Our lawyer’s experience as a former prosecutor means that we are familiar with both sides of a criminal case, and can put our knowledge in your hands.

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