After July 1, 2002 the State of Florida enacted a law in which those who have been convicted of DUI may have to use an ignition interlock device upon being eligible for reinstatement for a permanent or restricted driver’s license. Further, the driver bears the expense of installing the device. Installation may also be required when a driver convicted of DUI applies for a restricted license for work or business purposes. This device is installed onto dashboards and works much like a breathalyzer. If one installed in your car, you have to blow into it in order to start your car. However, if you are under the influence, the interlock device will not allow you to turn on your car.
If you are required by law to install an ignition interlock device, and you are caught driving without it, you can be charged with a new crime. This could also constitute a violation of your probation.
As you can see, DUI remains a fast-growing and increasingly complicated area of the law. If you have been arrested in the Tampa Bay area for DUI, do not hesitate to contact my office so that I may advise you of your rights.