What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?
Functioning much like a breathalyzer, an IID stops the vehicle from starting
if its readings show that the driver might be under the influence. Nevada
often requires that those charged with
DUI get IIDs installed at their own expense in their vehicles.
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:
- A minimum blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18
- Felony DUI
- DUI causing severe bodily injury or death
- Vehicular homicide
Furthermore, Nevada judges have the authority to require IID installation
on any defendant, regardless of their BAC. This typically occurs if the
defendant has a past DUI conviction or alcohol addiction.
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 one to three years. The judge
determines the amount of time by examining the specific circumstances
of the case. Once installed, the IID must be inspected by a certified
service provider every 90 days, if not sooner.
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 this 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.