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What if I am accused of ignition interlock device violations?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | DUI |

For Oregon residents who have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), the penalties can be problematic in many ways. Fines, jail time and a negative impact on the person’s driving record are often viewed as the primary challenges. While these are undoubtedly worrisome, a driver license suspension can present more problems than people realize. It can hinder their ability to work, to go to school and to perform everyday tasks they might have previously taken for granted. An ignition interlock device can be installed to let the person drive. In some cases, however, there are alleged violations with the device. Knowing how to address these can be just as important as fighting DUII allegations.

Why might a license be suspended for ignition interlock issues?

According to the law, a driver whose driving privileges are restored based on having an ignition interlock device must adhere to certain requirements. There must be proof given to the Oregon Department of Transportation that the device was installed. Failure to do so will lead to a suspension or revocation of driving privileges.

Regarding the suspension, it will continue until such proof is given. Without any proof, the suspension will extend by one year from the conclusion of the date of the initial suspension. If it was for a second or subsequent conviction, the suspension will last for two years. In some situations, it can be for up to five years. It is also against the law to tamper with the device. For those accused of tampering with it, the suspensions will be the same as for failing to inform the DOT that it has been installed.

A strong criminal defense is key with any DUII-related allegations

The ignition interlock device program is designed to let people drive amid certain restrictions. It is meant to ensure a driver has not been drinking before starting the vehicle. The fundamentals are imperative with this program and that includes having it installed, giving the DOT the proper information and not tampering with it. Still, as with any aspect of criminal law, there are times when people are accused of violations when they did not commit them. To keep from having the suspension extended for these accusations, it may be useful to have professional help in lodging a defense.