When someone loses his privilege to drive in Washington State due to a DUI arrest, he may be permitted to operate a motor vehicle during the suspension period so long as he obtains an ignition interlock license (IIL). This, of course, requires the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) into any vehicle he intends to drive. What if his job requires him to drive a work vehicle, however? Is his employer required to install an ignition interlock device on the work vehicle? That would be silly and unrealistic, right? Of course, that is why there is an IID exemption for employer owned and operated work vehicles.
The aforementioned exemption may apply when:
(1) a court requires an IID as a pre-trial condition of release pending trial (a defendant can ask the court to exclude IID on work vehicle in the courts written IID or conditions of release order); (2) an IIL is required to drive due to a DOL administrative hearing loss and/or a DUI/Physical Control conviction; (3) an IID is required after a license suspension period because of a DUI/Physical Control conviction; and (4) an IID is required due to entry of a Deferred Prosecution.
To qualify for the IID exemption an employer must require an employee to drive:
(a) a vehicle; (b) during working hours; and (c) the vehicle driven must be owned, leased, rented, or be under the temporary responsibility of the employer. If a driver is required to have an IID on his car, he must carry a copy of the exemption form on his person when driving his employer’s work vehicle.
Because of the significant implications a DUI arrest and/or conviction can have, it is imperative that a person charged with DUI in Washington State immediately retain a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer or a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer. In many instances, a qualified Seattle DUI lawyer can significantly reduce the impact that a DUI charge will have on an individual’s life. The right Seattle DUI attorney will be worth his/her weight in gold when protecting a person’s rights, freedom and future. The Seattle DUI attorneys that make up the litigation team of SQ Attorneys are dedicated to defending those accused of drunk driving. They have the experience, knowledge and resources to successfully defend your case. Unlike other law firms that practice in many areas of the law, SQ Attorneys is focused on criminal defense representation with an emphasis on DUI defense in Western Washington.
If you or a loved one is faced with a DUI charge in Western Washington, you deserve the assistance of a reputable and qualified Seattle DUI attorney who will relentlessly defend your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI lawyer who has an intimate understanding of Washington DUI laws and the legal issues that could win your case. You deserve a Seattle DUI defense attorney who is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution and aggressively fight for your rights and interests. SQ Attorneys is the right Western Washington DUI law firm for the job. Call for a free initial consultation – (206) 441.0900 (Seattle); (425) 998-8384 (Eastside) – it will be the best decision you make all day.