Ignition interlock devices — otherwise known as IIDs — are increasingly part of the penalties for drunk driving convictions in Wisconsin and nationwide. In addition to preventing you from operating your vehicle if alcohol is detected on your breath, installation of an IID adds a significant cost to an OWI conviction.
In Wisconsin, if you are convicted of OWI for the first time with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 or higher, the law requires you to install an IID in your vehicle. IIDs are also required for any subsequent offenses.
Other important facts regarding ignition interlocks in Wisconsin:
- An IID can be ordered if you refused a breath, blood or urine test.
- Usually, an IID order will go into effect when your regular driver’s license is reinstated, or if you apply for and receive an occupational license.
- An IID order applies to any vehicle titled in your name (regardless of how often you may drive that vehicle) and any vehicle you may operate (regardless of whether you own the vehicle). If you are subject to an IID requirement and drive a company vehicle for your employment, that vehicle would have to have an IID installed in it. Many insurance companies are unwilling to insure company vehicles if they have an IID which could result in issues with your employer.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Wisconsin, it is important that you know your options and put forth the best defense to minimize the negative consequences of an OWI arrest.
Being arrested for OWI does not always lead to a conviction. An experienced attorney can determine if there may be any legal challenges available to you or if there are any proof problems in your case. Just like anyone, police officers are not immune from mistakes. If you have been pulled over for driving under the influence, speak as soon as possible with an experienced DUI defense lawyer about your defense options.