Eton DUI Lawyer
Have you or a loved one been charged with DUI in Eton? If so, you need the experience of our DUI Attorneys in Eton. We understand that you may be worried about how a DUI conviction will impact your future. We will fight to protect your rights, freedoms, and future. Call us now for a free case evaluation.
Ignition Interlock Device
For a first DUI charge, you have the option to request an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing or to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. For a second and subsequent DUI charge, the installation of an IID is required. Before deciding to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, contact our Eton DUI Lawyers today. Even if your DUI charge is dismissed, you would have to keep the IID device on your vehicle. If this is your second DUI or subsequent DUI, our DUI Attorneys in Eton will walk you through the ignition interlock process. While we have included some information below, call us if you have any additional questions.
An ignition interlock device is connected to the ignition of a vehicle and prevents the car from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. The driver has to blow into the device, and if their breath is over the limit, then the vehicle will not start. In addition to starting the vehicle, most devices require a random sample while driving to ensure that someone else did not start the car for them.
While ignition interlock devices have been used for many years, a new law went into effect on July 1st, 2017, allowing those arrested for DUI to install the device instead of losing their license. In the past, offenders had to file the 30-day letter to request an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing to save their license. But as of 2017, drivers can install the device to prevent the suspension as well.
A person who wishes to use an Interlock Ignition Device must satisfy certain conditions:
- The driver must apply through the DDS for the device within 30 days of their arrest.
- The driver must have a valid Georgia driver's license that is not suspended, revoked, or canceled.
- If the driver holds a CDL license, they must downgrade to a non-commercial license.
- The DUI charge cannot have resulted from an accident that causes serious injury or a fatality.
- The driver cannot have any prior convictions within the previous five years.
- They must pay a $25.00 permit fee.
- Their driver's license must be surrendered before the permit is issued.
The length of time that the device must be in your car varies. The period of time that the driver has to keep the ignition interlock device installed can be up to a year if the driver refused to take a chemical test and just four months if the driver consented to a test. And this period of time could change depending on the outcome of the driver's criminal case.
Once the device is installed, it creates monthly reports that can be reviewed by the probation officer and the court. It records failed tests and can detect attempted tampering with the device. If the reports are reviewed with no issues, then the driver is eligible for a non-ignition interlock limited permit or a full reinstatement of their driving privileges.
Installing the ignition interlock device requires both an installation fee, rental fee, maintenance charges, and calibration charges. The typical installation price ranges from $100-$200, and the monthly fee is $70-$100.
If you have any other questions about installing an ignition interlock device, contact our Eton DUI Lawyers today.
Eton Municipal Court
If you are arrested for DUI in Eton, your case will proceed in Eton Municipal Court. Court is located at 273 Harris Street, Chatsworth, GA 30705. The Honorable Judge Steve Hampton presides over the Court. For more information, call 706-422-8227.
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