If you have been charged with a DUI in the state of Florida, you may be very concerned about what the future holds and how sentencing will negatively affect the rest of your life, should you be found guilty. There are many reasons why you may dread the idea of an ignition interlock device being installed within your vehicle per court order, perhaps because it is embarrassing and in essence a Scarlet Letter.
If your job involves routinely driving clients around, perhaps as a realtor or personal assistant, the ignition interlock device could be a huge detriment. Not to mention the fact that it is costly and can be inaccurate.
The most rudimentary of device specs include video recordings to prove it is you blowing into the device. Also, it can randomly require you to blow when your vehicle is running. The device is designed to prevent anyone from driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.025 or higher.
Once your driving privileges are reinstated or if you are applying for a hardship, you may have to get the device installed, even if you are a first offender. However, this isn't mandated unless you had a BAC of more than 0.14. Also, if you were a first-time offender but you had a minor in the car, you are looking at a minimum of six months with the interlock if convicted.
Second offenses come with 1-2 years, based upon your BAC level. Third offenses give you a minimum of 2 years under interlock limitations. And finally, if you are a habitual drunk driver with 4 DUI convictions and are attempting to get a hardship license, you are looking at 5 years minimum with an interlock device.
If you are charged with driving while intoxicated, contact an attorney as soon as you can in order to start building a good defense. In some cases, you may find the charges can be dropped or the penalties significantly reduced.