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What may violate an ignition interlock device order?

If you have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in California, you no doubt have many questions. One of the things you will want to learn about is the set of penalties you may face if you are convicted. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, this may include the use of an ignition interlock device. The length of time you must use an IID may vary based upon any prior offenses and whether or not you have been convicted of a DUI under California Vehicle Code or of a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated offense under the California Penal Code.

If you are ultimately required to use an IID, you should know how to avoid any violations of your order. Once a device is installed in your vehicle, any signs that you have tried to circumvent or tamper with the equipment may result in a violation. Having another person provide a breath sample in order that you can start your car is also a problem. During the period for which you must use the device, you are not allowed to drive other vehicles without IIDs installed. Some exceptions for work-related driving of a company vehicle may apply.

If you fail to make payments to the IID company or do not maintain equipment as required, you could also be in violation of your agreement.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give California residents an overview of the state's required use of ignition interlock devices for people convicted of driving under the influence offenses.

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