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A DUI conviction may come with an ignition interlock device

If you are convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Florida, the judge may order the installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle registered in your name. Commonly known as a BAIID, this device is now used throughout the country, but you may not have even heard of it. An example of modern technology, this small but mighty machine is gaining a reputation for keeping first-offense drunk drivers from repeating their crimes.

The BAIID is a breath alcohol analyzer about the size of a mobile phone that connects to the ignition wiring beneath the dashboard in your car. It is designed with computer logic and has an internal memory. In order to drive your car, you must breathe into the device, and if the BAIID detects no alcohol on your breath, the car will start. There will also be random “rolling” retests as you drive, so do not think you can stop by the neighborhood bar, leave the car running and zip inside for a quick shot of whiskey. You will likely fail the next retest, and your car will shut down.

How you can get one

If you receive a DUI conviction, your blood alcohol level will determine whether you must have ignition interlock. If your BAC is 0.15 percent or higher, the court will suspend your driver’s license and order you to have one of these devices installed on your vehicle for a period of at least six months.

Seeking legal help

Remember that even for a first offense, DUI penalties will be harsh. In addition to license suspension, you are looking at fines of $500 to $1,000 and, depending on the circumstances, possible jail time of up to six months—all this in addition to installation of a BAIID, if the court so orders. Obviously, it is not a good idea to drink and drive, but if a DUI charge comes your way, reach out to an experienced attorney who will work aggressively to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

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