Do I Need an IID if I don't Have a Car?

Do I Need an IID if I don't Have a Car?

Buying a Used Car for the Ignition Interlock Requirement for a DWI

Charlie discusses what to do if you're required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) but don't own a car.


Q: Do I need an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) if I don't own a car?

A: Yes, in most cases. If a judge orders an IID as part of bond conditions or probation, it applies regardless of car ownership. Avoiding ownership doesn't exempt you from this requirement.

Q: Can a judge alter the IID requirement?

A: Only a judge can change IID requirements. They might allow a portable IID if you convincingly demonstrate lack of car ownership, but this alternative often involves stricter compliance.

Q: What is the difficulty with a portable IID?

A: Portable IIDs require frequent testing throughout the day, increasing the chances of non-compliance. It's a challenging alternative, not an easier solution.

Q: What are my options if I need an IID but don't have a car?

A: Ask family or friends if you can use their car for the required period (three months, six months, a year). Consider buying a cheap, reliable "burner" car. This car doesn't need to be driven often, but you will need to start it periodically and take it for monthly checkups at the IID installation company.

Q: Why do courts insist on IID even if I don’t have a car?

A: Courts assume the likelihood of driving post-DWI arrest. The IID requirement aims to mitigate risks and enforce responsibility, irrespective of current car ownership.

Q: Can an attorney request the removal of the IID requirement?

A: Although attorneys can request, judges rarely agree to remove the IID requirement due to potential legal and safety implications. There are exceptions in extraordinary situations, of course.

Q: What should I do if I'm uncertain about IID requirements?

A: Consult your attorney for guidance tailored to your situation. Different judges and counties might have varied regulations. It's crucial to understand and comply carefully with your specific requirements.