One of the consequences of being convicted for DUI in Tennessee is that you will most likely be ordered by the court to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your car. This equipment works similarly to the breathalyzer used in most blood & breath tests, meaning that you will have to provide a breath sample before you can start your car. State law mandates that the device will be calibrated for a maximum allowable blood alcohol content of between 0.02% and 0.05%, at the discretion of the judge. If your sample is above the limit, your car's ignition system will be disabled and you will not be able to move the vehicle.
If you fail to have the device installed, you will be subject to further criminal charges, above and beyond whatever misdemeanor or felony charges you received for the DUI conviction. Tampering with the system in an effort to avoid detection is a misdemeanor offense. Having another person provide the breath sample is also a misdemeanor, both for you and the other party. You will not be allowed to drive a vehicle without the device, and your license will have a notation on it indicating the requirement. First-time DUI convictions result in having to use an IID for 6 months, and the term increases for repeat offenses. If you want to avoid having to use an ignition interlock device, you need work with an experienced attorney who can help you fight the charges in your case.
The use of ignition interlock devices as a component of DUI sentencing is common in all parts of the country, and it shows how serious the criminal justice system is about preventing drunk driving. Parkerson Santel, PLLC understands what an inconvenience it would be for you to have to pay for the installation of an IID, in addition to being forced to provide a breath sample every time you start your car. Many people want to avoid the embarrassment of having to explain the device to their passengers or being seen using it in public. Parkerson Santel, PLLC treats each case individually and will fight for you in out of court to help you achieve your objectives for a successful defense.