Recently, many clients have been inquiring as to the change in term of Ignition Interlock device as of January 1, 2012. First, let’s be clear. If convicted of a regular DUI alcohol/over .08, first offense, MVD requires that you have installed an IID for one year. If the date of arrest was prior to 1/1/2012, but conviction was after 1/1/2012, it is for an entire year. If arrest was after 1/1/2012, then after 6 months, the MVD will abate the other 6 months if you don’t have any IID violations or tampering reported by the IID installer. It is not an automatic 6 months! Also be very careful whom you choose as an installing and monitoring company. They are not all the same. Call and we can make recommendations that will help insure that you only have the IID for as short of a term as possible.
Another major fix by the legislature, effective 1/1/2012, was that if convicted of DUI Drugs, there is a one year suspension/revocation of license, but no 1 year Interlock device requirement thereafter. The way MVD interprets the law, if the arrest date was before 1/1/2012, but conviction was after 1/1/2012, then there is also a 1 year IID requirement following the 1 year suspension. If arrest was after1/1/2012, then no IID is required after the 1 year suspension.