If you are convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) you can certainly expect to have your driving privileges suspended. In Oregon, the mandatory suspension of your license for a first offense is one year (at least), in addition to 48 hours of jail time, a minimum $1,000 fine, and many other penalties.
The effect a suspended license can have on your life is significantly more immediate than other repercussions you may face down the line. Fortunately, you may be eligible for a hardship permit if you get an SR-22 insurance certificate, letter from your employer (or that you are seeking employment), a judicial signature, and you must install an ignition interlock device into your car.
But what exactly is an ignition interlock device, and how is it used? To help you better understand these requirements, West Linn Criminal Defense attorney Jared Justice put together a guide.
What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?
In the most basic terms, an Ignition Interlock Device is a breathalyzer housed inside your car. It requires that you pass a breath test in order to even start your car, and periodically do a test as your driving. These results are then gathered and can be used in court, for example, if you are in violation of probation or in the DUII diversion program.
How Do I Get One?
There are many vendors that install and maintain Ignition Interlock Devices in the West Linn area. It is generally a good idea to consult with a DUII defense attorney prior to having this installed. An attorney will be able to help guide you through the hardship permit paperwork, the requirements of a hardship permit, and help you understand the suspension timeline in your particular matter.
Who Pays for It?
You do. Initial installation can cost between $70 and $150, although there is also a monthly fee ($60 to $80) for the device monitoring and calibration.. All totaled, upkeep can cost roughly $1000 for a one-year period.
West Linn criminal defense attorney Jared Justice specializes in DUII Defense and Diversion Eligibility Issues. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUII, contact us today.