When you are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, a conviction can mean you lose your ability to drive due to a license suspension or revocation. Depending on the situation, the length of time for which you are unable to drive can vary. In order to regain your license, you may have the option of having an Ignition Interlock Driver License. This means you will be able to drive, but only with an ignition interlock device installed in your car. It will require you to breathe into it, at which point it will assess the level of alcohol that is on your breath in order to start. If alcohol is found on your breath then the car won’t start. It may also require rolling tests, where it requires you to breathe into the device even after you have been driving. Not everyone is eligible to file, and in order to seek this option the following circumstances must be true of your situation.
- You are a resident of the state
- Your license is not expired
- You are accused of:
- Vehicular Homicide that involved alcohol or drugs
- Reckless Driving
- Vehicular Assault with the use of alcohol or drugs
- DUI or Physical Control
- The suspension or revocation does not include a minor in possession or Habitual Traffic Offender.
In order to apply for the program you will have to have the device installed in your vehicle and the company that does the installation will need to let the Washington State Department of Licensing know. You will need proof of financial responsibility and this may be done through a Certificate of Insurance. A Restricted Driver License Application will need to be filled out and filed. The application form can be given to the office or mailed in and it will need to include a fee. The application and details of the case will be assessed in order to make the decision. For those who are approved, they will need to reapply each year to keep the ability to drive. For individuals who have their application denied, it is possible to reapply in a six month period.
Having the Ignition Interlock Driver License doesn’t just mean that your car needs to have the device installed. If there are other cars that you will be using, then those will need the device as well. Fees for the device include the installation cost, maintenance or repairs, application fees, and a monthly fee for the device. While there are certain setbacks with the device, having it can be extremely beneficial. Not having the ability to drive is something you may not realize as being so damaging until you are in the situation yourself. Talk with a Seattle criminal defense lawyer from Blair & Kim, PLLC to find out what may be done in your situation.