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Drunk driving charges and ignition interlock devices

On Behalf of | May 17, 2022 | Criminal Defense

If you currently face drunk driving charges, you need to familiarize yourself with the potential penalties you could face, including the loss of your driving privileges. OWI charges in Iowa can lead to driver’s license revocation, and this could make it very difficult for you to get to work and take care of other crucial responsibilities.

Depending on the details of your case, you might have the ability to secure a temporary restricted license if you install ignition interlock devices on all of the vehicles that you own.

An overview of ignition interlock devices

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, ignition interlock devices prevent drivers from operating a vehicle while they have alcohol in their system. Before starting your vehicle, this device will check your breath to make sure that you do not have a certain amount of alcohol in your system. In addition, the device will test you again periodically while you are on the road.

If required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you will need to use a device that the state has approved.

Failing an ignition interlock breath test

If you fail the breath test on an ignition interlock device installed in your car, you cannot start the vehicle. Moreover, if you fail a breath test while behind the wheel, or fail to submit to a test in a certain period of time while driving, the device could cause your horn to start sounding or the lights to start flashing.

Whether you are preparing for an OWI case or dealing with the aftermath of a conviction, you need to have a thorough understanding of your options and rights.