Will an Ignition Interlock Device Be Required?

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are now required for all convicted DUI offenders in South Carolina as of Oct. 1, 2014. Emma's Law mandates IID installation for first-time offenders who are convicted with a proven .15 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) or higher. All other offenders (second offense and above within 10 years) are also required to install and use an IID for at least two years.

Additionally, first-time offenders whose breath test resulted in a BAC of .08 to .14 percent may wish to install an IID instead of having their driver's license suspended, which will allow them to drive unrestricted. Otherwise, a first-time offender who was convicted with a BAC of .15 percent or higher will be required to drive with an IID for six months after conviction.

Emma's Law applies only if you lose your trial, plead guilty to DUI or lose the breath test case (implied consent hearing). Your case can still be defended by an experienced lawyer, and you can avoid IID installation.

What if You Are Required to Have an Ignition Interlock Device Installed in Your Vehicle?

Each IID installation costs about $1,000. Thereafter, you will be charged about $130 each month for monitoring fees and other expenses. Each time that you enter your vehicle, a camera will take a series of pictures of you, and the car will not start if alcohol is detected. This process is not just embarrassing and inconvenient. It is also costly on top of other fines and penalties.

Your Case Can Still Be Defended and Your Driving Privileges Protected

Please call Drennan Law Firm in Charleston at 843-352-4149, or email us to schedule a free initial consultation. We have the answers to all of your DUI questions. We will fight for your rights, and we will help you understand your full legal options.