If you are arrested and convicted of drunk driving in Oakland or anywhere in the State of California, the judge may order you to install an ignition interlock device as part of your DUI probation. When this occurs, you are required to have this device professionally installed and provide breath samples while you drive. An experienced attorney can help you understand more about these requirements and ensure that you do not violate any of the conditions of your DUI probation.
An ignition interlock device is a mini-breathalyzer that is installed on the steering column of your vehicle. You must have this device professionally installed on every vehicle you own or drive—and that costs money.
The cost of an ignition interlock device runs around $100 for installation and $2.50 a day/per vehicle. In addition, you may need to pay calibration and maintenance fees.
An ignition interlock device works by measuring the amount of alcohol in your breath as you drive. Before you start your car, you must blow into the ignition interlock device. If there is any amount of alcohol in your breath, then your car will not start. Once you are driving, you will be required to blow into your vehicle every 5-15 minutes randomly. These rolling samples get recorded and any "fails" are reported to the courts.
The ignition interlock device is designed so that only you can blow into the machine to provide a breath sample. It is a crime to ask another person to blow into your ignition interlock device, to tamper with the device, or disable it in any way.
The DUI laws in California are constantly changing and DUI offenders face new requirements every year. As such, you need a skilled California DUI defense attorney on your side to fight for your rights every step of the way.
Our DUI defense law firm serves clients in Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and throughout East Bay. Call today to set up a free review of your case at (510) 907-6600. Together, we can start building a solid defense against these serious charges. If you are already detained, we are also available for phone consultations and jail interviews. You can also fill out a confidential contact form.