If you’ve been ordered by a judge to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle in order to continue driving, you’re probably wondering what that all entails. You may assume that you’re just going to drive to a certified installer and in 15 minutes you’ll be back on the road with a tiny device in your vehicle. That’s not what’s going to happen, and you should be aware of what to expect so you can plan for it. Below, we explain what to expect during your ignition interlock installation.
Your Ignition Interlock Installation
Here’s a general overview of what you can expect during your ignition interlock installation:
1-2 Hours – For starters, it’s not going to be as quick as an oil change. The total installation process will take between 1-2 hours, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Since the device is hooked up to ensure your vehicle’s engine only starts if you blow under the legal limit, it’s a bit of an intricate and time consuming process. However, most places will allow you to drop off your vehicle and come back later if that suits you better, but you may need another person with you because of your conviction and driving rights.
Education – A good ignition interlock place won’t just hook up your device and send you on your way, they will educate you about the device and how to use it properly. They’ll help walk you through the starting process and answer any questions you might have about the device. They won’t know the specifics about your court order, but for any questions about the device or how to use it, they will be a great resource.
Equipment and Certificates – Finally, you’ll also want to get a few things from your installer before you leave. For starters, consider getting a couple extra mouthpieces so that you’re always ready and able to start the vehicle and you aren’t in trouble in case you misplace your mouthpiece. Another thing you’ll want to get from the installer is a certificate of installation. This may be required by the court to prove you’re in compliance, or it may simply be helpful in case you need to prove you had it installed at a later date.
If you can plan for these three expectations, we’re confident that your experience with an ignition interlock installer will go smoothly. If you have any questions, or you want help with your DUI case so you can avoid needing an IID, reach out to Appelman Law Firm today.