What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
Also known as “breath interlock device,” and ignition interlock
device (IID) is a breathalyzer-like machine which disables vehicles from
starting if it detects that a driver may be under the influence of alcohol.
In Nevada, people charged with
DUI may have to get IIDs temporarily installed in their cars – at their
own expense – as part of their sentence.
Who is Eligible to Have an IID Installed in Their Cars?
Under Nevada law, those convicted of any of the following drunk driving
offenses are required to have IIDs temporarily installed in their vehicles:
- Blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 or higher
- Felony DUI
- DUI causing serious bodily injury or death
- Vehicular homicide
Furthermore, Nevada judges have the authority to impose IID requirements on
any DUI defendant, despite if their BAC was less than .18. However, it only
occurs if the defendant has a past DUI conviction or a drinking problem.
How Long Do Nevada DUI Defendants Need to Keep an IID?
For those convicted of a felony DUI or driving with a BAC of .18 or higher,
they must have an IID in their car(s) for 12 to 36 months. The judge determines
the number of months based on the specific facts of the case. Once the
IID is installed, defendants are required to have the IID inspected by
a certified service provider every 90 days, at least.
In regards to cases where the judge imposes an IID requirement on DUI defendants
who drove with a BAC of less than .18, they must have an IID in their
car(s) for three to six months. These defendants must have their IIDs
checked by a certified service provider at least once during the three
to six-month period.
If you were recently arrested and charged with a DUI in Las Vegas,
schedule a free consultation with the
Law Office of David R. Fischer today.