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The use of ignition interlock devices is now common in California drunk driving cases. A driver convicted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), may be required by the court (California Vehicle Code Section 23575) to install an Ignition Interlock Device or IID on any vehicles you own or operate for a maximum of three years from the date of the conviction. A California criminal attorney who focuses on drunk driving defense can explain how ignition interlock devices work and when they are likely to be ordered.

Ignition interlock devices were once optional in multiple DUI cases, but California law now requires their installation in the vehicle of any driver convicted of two or more Driving Under the Influence offenses within 10 years.

The devices aren't mandatory in first-time drunk driving cases, but a judge can even order the device installed in the vehicle of a driver with no criminal record. Some judges order the devices installed in the car of any drunk driving offender with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .10 percent or more (California V.C. Section 14601.2).

In cases where an ignition interlock devices aren't mandatory, the equipment can be used as a bargaining tool to avoid more restrictive punishment. The devices can be a potent negotiating tool in the hands of experienced California DUI defense attorney, who may secure a deal which substitutes an ignition interlock device for jail, vehicle impoundment, or other harsh consequences.

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