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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

If you are facing a DUI charge, you could also be looking at an ignition interlock device in the future. The most important point to keep in mind at this juncture is that just because you’ve been charged with DUI does not mean that you are guilty of driving under the influence, and having the trusted legal counsel of an experienced Conway DUI defense attorney in your corner can make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim.

A DUI Charge

In South Carolina, the charge of DUI refers to driving under the influence of alcohol, and it relates to having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. That isn’t, however, the end of the matter. If your BAC is between .05 and .08 percent but your driving is determined to have been negatively affected, you can be charged with driving with unlawful alcohol content (DUAC). While these are distinct charges, the consequences are interchangeable.

Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are small breathalyzers that are connected to car ignitions to prevent users from starting their vehicles when under the influence of alcohol. These devices are about the size of a television remote, and they work like this:

In South Carolina, an IID can be required for a first DUI offense, or under our recently enacted laws, if you have merely been charged with DUI.

In South Carolina

In South Carolina, the Ignition Interlock Device Program comes with all the following requirements:

Drivers can also be penalized for tampering with the IID in order to prevent its proper operation, for obscuring the camera’s view, for covering the camera’s lens, or for allowing a third party to take the breath test on their behalf in order to start the vehicle or to conduct a retest.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Conway DUI Defense Attorney

If you’ve been charged with DUI, you have a lot to lose, and bringing your strongest defense from the start is in your best interest. The practiced DUI defense attorneys at The Law Office of Brad C. Richardson – proudly serving Conway, South Carolina – are committed to skillfully defending your rights – in a focused pursuit of your case’s optimal outcome. Your rights are far too important to leave to chance, so please don’t put off reaching out and contacting us online or calling 843-488-4321 for more information about what we can do to help you today.