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In Florida, people convicted of DUI may be able to regain their driving privileges back with a Hardship Permit if they install an ignition interlock device, or IID. Intoxalock is an approved provider, and our state specialists can help with any questions about Florida interlock laws. This guide should help answer most of them, so check it out for more information.
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Florida ignition interlock law says that drivers charged with DUI may have to install an IID in certain situations. While anyone caught committing an alcohol-related driving offense will have their license suspended or revoked for a court-ordered period, some can drive if they obtain a hardship permit and install a Florida interlock device. Drivers are also subject to fines, and possible prison time, depending on the severity of the offense and if they have previously been convicted of DUI.
Some offenders may be eligible for a hardship permit if they meet certain criteria. If a driver has two DUI convictions, they may not be eligible for a permit. Anyone with a permit must install an ignition interlock device.
Florida has tiered financial and other penalties for DUI depending on offense:
A Hardship Permit allows Florida drivers to get back on the road if their license is suspended. Driving is limited to work, home, school, medical treatment, ignition interlock maintenance, and work-related driving. Drivers are responsible for all associated costs of the IID. The process varies depending on the offense. In order to get a Hardship License, drivers should:
Per Florida interlock laws, the court requires IIDs in many cases, and in cases where drivers are applying for a Hardship Permit after a DUI.
An ignition interlock device, or IID, is a small device installed in an offender’s vehicle which:
Any failed tests are reported to the certifying body, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Bureau of Motorist Compliance.
Ignition interlock devices are not purchased, they’re leased. The cost can vary depending on your monitoring needs, but typically they cost $2.50-$3.50 per day. Intoxalock offers a device protection plan for an additional $10 a month that will cover costs if the IID gets damaged. Drivers are responsible for the cost of their ignition interlock device, but Florida has financial assistance programs. A court order is necessary for customers to receive financial assistance.
Intoxalock has the most locations of any other provider in the United States. This is good news, because drivers need to revisit their installation location every 30 days to have the device calibrated. They will also need to visit if the device breaks and when they are getting it removed. A state specialist can help find a convenient location.
If you’re facing DUI charges, an attorney can help ensure your rights are protected. They will guide you through the process and help you understand next steps.