IID by Law

Any Washington State DUI attorney will tell you that if you are convicted of DUI the law requires that you maintain an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car for a period of at least one year upon eligibility to reinstate your driving privilege. What some may neglect to tell you, however, is that in order to get reinstated, the IID must be maintained for the last four months of the one year period without any positive readings of .025 or greater. If there is a positive reading of .025 or greater, the 4-month period will keep extending itself.

In essence, you will not be permitted to get rid of the IID until you have successfully complied with the four continuous month requirement. This is important to note because some folks think they can simply not drive for a year and thus avoid the IID requirement all together. Unfortunately, this simply is not so. The Department of Licensing (DOL) will not permit a person to get re-licensed until it has been assured that the person literally has no prior IID readings of .025 for the last four months of the one year requirement. In short, (1) folks are required to maintain an IID for at least four consecutive months, and (2) there must be no readings on the device of a .025 or greater during such period. It’s a crazy policy, but that’s the Legislature and the DOL for you, go figure.

If you, or a loved one, have been arrested and cited for DUI in Washington State you should immediately seek the assistance of a Seattle DUI lawyer. A qualified and respected Seattle DUI attorney, among other things, can quite possibly save a person thousands of dollars in court and insurance fees, extent of loss of privilege to drive and amount of jail time to be served. Washington traffic laws are far too complicated for any ol’ attorney to handle. Be smart … hire a qualified and skilled Seattle DUI attorney when arrested for an alcohol and/or a drug related DUI in Washington State.

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