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Ignition Interlock Device After OWI in Wisconsin

Some facts about Ignition Interlock Device rules in Wisconsin

Wisconsin takes very seriously the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. While the state can’t stop all alcohol-related accidents from happening, it does apply strict penalties to anyone who is convicted of an OWI offense. In addition to punishment, it applies a preventative measure in the form of an ignition interlock device, or IID. If you are convicted of an OWI, you can expect an IID to be in your future.

When You Get an IID in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, anyone who meets one of three conditions will have an IID device installed on their vehicle, at your own cost:

  • First-time offenders who refuse a breathalyzer or blood test for alcohol level;
  • First-time offenders who test above .15 for blood alcohol content; and
  • Any repeat offenders.

This applies to any vehicle that is registered in your name. Beyond that, any vehicle you drive must have an IID. If you are caught driving another vehicle without one, you will be subject to further penalties.

How the IID Works

After the court-ordered IID is installed, you will not be able to start or operate your vehicle until you use it. To activate it, you simply blow into the mouthpiece attached to the small, computerized device. The IID will be programmed to detect alcohol. If you have alcohol in your system, the car will not start.

An IID operates as an effective way of preventing repeat OWI offenses from occurring. Wisconsin provides further fines, license suspension, and even jail time if you disable it or drive without one. If you are convicted of OWI, you need to get the device installed and keep it for as long as the court requires.

If you have been arrested for OWI, you face serious consequences. You need an experienced legal defense. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices online or at (608)256-8356 to protect your rights.