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Why you may need to install an IID in your vehicle

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Drivers in Mississippi can lose their licenses for a number of different issues. Too many serious traffic infractions in a short amount of time could cost someone their license, as could unpaid traffic tickets. Sometimes, people lose their licenses over a single traffic infraction.

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Mississippi frequently lead to the suspension of someone’s driver’s license. Losing your driving privileges can be a major hardship that can increase your household expenses because of the alternative transportation services you need to use until you regain your license. It could also endanger your job in some cases.

One of the ways to regain at least partial driving privileges involves installing an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. These testing units require that someone perform a breath test before they start their vehicle and sometimes at random while driving.

When does Mississippi require the installation of an IID in your vehicle?

Anyone accused of a DUI offense might have to install an IID in any vehicle they drive after pleading guilty or getting convicted in criminal court. A first-time offense won’t always lead to IID requirements, but it can at the judge’s discretion.

Anyone who fails a breath test by producing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or more may need to install an IID. Drivers who refuse chemical testing during a traffic stop or after a crash may also need to install an IID to continue driving. If someone subject to an IID requirement gets caught driving another vehicle without an IID, the state may impose additional penalties.

Restricted privileges are better than no privileges

While many drivers resent the obligation to pay for an IID and perform tests every time they want to drive, doing so is a better alternative than completely giving up your independent transportation right. Even your first DUI charge could leave you with a license for 120, and repeat offenders could lose their licenses for up to five years.

The only way that you can avoid licensing consequences when accused of impaired driving is to defeat the charges against you. Learning more about the consequences of a Mississippi DUI charge may inspire you to work with a lawyer to defend yourself in criminal court.