2019 Change in the Law: Ignition Interlock on First Time DUI Offenses

Aug 23, 2018


Ignition interlock devices (occasionally referred to as IIDs are essentially in-vehicle breathalyzers that prevent automobiles from starting when drivers have blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels that exceed preprogrammed limits. While ignition interlock devices were once viewed as being court-ordered punishments designated only for repeat offenders, state law in California, as of January 1, 2019 (see SB 1046), makes it mandatory for even first-time offenders to install these devices if convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). 


The installation of an IID can be a serious pain, but as far as convenience and the cost for the device.  Given this situation, a reduction from a DUI to a lesser charge is more important than ever.  Depending on the facts of your DUI case, we may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced to a lesser violation that won’t necessitate the installation of an IID. 


One benefit of the new IID law is that if the IID is installed, you can get full driving privileges without restrictions, other than the installation of the IID.  This will allow you to drive to and from work or to and from picking your kids up at school.  You would be able to do this without any suspension time on a first offense.


If you were arrested for drunk driving in Fresno or anywhere in the greater Central Valley area of California, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Contact us today to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will allow our attorney to provide a complete evaluation of your case.

Category: DUI Defense

Michael Mitchell


Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.