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Ignition Interlock Device: What is an Interlock Ignition Device and Who’s Required to Have an Interlock Restricted License?

Posted by Terry O'Malley | Apr 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

An ignition interlock device (IID) or breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) is a device in Denver, Alamosa County and across Colorado that requires a breath sample when someone starts their car or while they're driving. It's meant to keep men and women from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. If the device detects that your blood alcohol concentration is too high, a vehicle won't start. Those who are required to have an ignition interlock device in their vehicle are issued an interlock-restricted license.

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Who's Required to Hold an Interlock-Restricted License in Adams County?

In Adams and Douglas County, Colorado, the following people must hold an interlock-restricted license:

1.A person whose license has been revoked for excess BAC (blood alcohol content) pursuant to C.R.S. 42-2-126 when their BAC was .15 or more at the time of driving or within two hours after driving or whose driving record otherwise indicates a designation of a persistent drunk driver;

2.A person whose privilege to drive was revoked as an habitual offender under section 42-2-203, where the revocation was due in part to a DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI conviction;

3.A person whose privilege to drive was revoked for interlock circumvention pursuant to C.R.S. 42-2-132.5(7)(a) or (b).

  • A person whose privilege to drive was revoked for multiple convictions for any combination of a DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI pursuant to section 42-2-125(1)(g)(I) or (1)(i) must hold an interlock-restricted license pursuant to this section for at least two years, but not more than five years, following reinstatement prior to being eligible to obtain any other driver's license issued under this article.

For someone required to hold an interlock-restricted license as a persistent drunk driver, they will be required to hold the interlock-restricted license for at least two years following reinstatement before they can obtain any other driver's license issued under this article.

Failure to Drive a Vehicle with the Interlock Ignition Device or Tampering with the Device in Arapahoe County

In Arapahoe, Jefferson County and across Colorado, a person required to drive with an interlock ignition device, but who drives a car without an ignition interlock device or who circumvents or attempts to circumvent the proper use of an approved ignition interlock device, commits a class 1 traffic misdemeanor. Driving rights will also be taken away. Additionally, if a person intercepts, bypasses, or interferes with or aids another in intercepting, bypassing or interfering Failing to drive a vehicle with the device or tampering with the device can result in criminal charges in Colorado.with an approved ignition interlock device to prevent it from its lawful purposes, they may face a class 1 misdemeanor charge. If someone drives a car where they know an interlock ignition device has been intercepted, bypassed, or interfered with the approved device, it is also a class 1 misdemeanor in Colorado. If you've been accused of a DUI, DUI per se or DWAI or have been charged for violating the requirements of an interlock ignition device in Colorado, contact the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today.

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If you or someone you love has been accused of a DUI or DWAI, or for violating the requirements for an interlock ignition device anywhere in Colorado, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the top criminal defense lawyers at the O'Malley Law Office today at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your driving future.Request a Free Consultation

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