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The Price Of An Ignition Interlock

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2016 | Firm News

Getting a DUI in Florida has many penalties and consequences. One penalty
everyone wants to avoid after a DUI is an ignition interlock device. These
devices require drivers to blow into a breathalyzer and if the driver
is intoxicated, the vehicle will not start. The device will beep five
minutes later if the driver needs to blow again. The device will also
beep every 30 minutes and the driver will have to breathe into it again.

Ignition interlocks are not only embarrassing and inconvenient, they can
also be expensive. Not everyone convicted of a DUI is required to get
an interlock device, it depends on if the driver has previous DUIs.

Here’s how the court mandates interlock devices. Sentences can be
harsher if the driver has a minor in the car at the time of the DUI or
if the driver’s blood alcohol level is .20 or greater.

First DUI

Court can order one

First DUI with minor in car or .20
Up to six months

Second DUI
Minimum 1 year

Second DUI with minor in car or .20
Minimum 2 years

Third DUI
Minimum of 2 years

Cost of an Interlock Device

Getting an interlock device installed typically costs $70 with a $100 refundable
deposit. There’s also a monthly monitoring and calibration fee of
$67.50. These fees can add up quick, especially with other expensive fees
that come with a DUI conviction.

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI in Florida call the lawyers at
Bauer Crider & Parry. With more than 130 combined years of experience,
the Florida Defense team can defend your case and fight for a favorable sentence.