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California DUI Law &DUI Law &Technology hudson on 21 Jun 2010

Ignition Interlock Pilot Program

Starting July 1, 2010, individuals arrested and then convicted of a first offense DUI, in Alameda, Los Angeles, Tulare and Sacramento counties, will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicle. First offenders will be required to install these devices for 5 months (12 months if an injury was involved). Despite proponents claims that these devices only cost $75 to install and $50/month to monitor, our check of local service centers found much higher prices. A first time DUI offender should expect to pay at least $500 over the the five months on top of other fines and penalties.

The implementation of the Ignition Interlock requirement in the four “pilot” counties was contingent upon funding to be created to cover the costs of the program. The law offices of Kapsack and Bair continue to investigate the source of the pilot program funding (Freedom of Information Requests have been served on the District Attorney for Alameda County, the Department of Motor Vehicles, California Attorney General and other government agencies), it appears likely that if you were arrested for a DUI after July 1, 2010 you will have to add an Ignition Interlock to the cost of losing your first offense DUI case.

Under legislation currently before the Public Safety Committee, if you are arrested and then convicted of a second offense DUI you will be eligible for a restricted license after 90 days of actual suspension after installing the Ignition Interlock Device. In the four pilot counties second offenders will be required to install the ignition interlock devices for a minimum of twelve months.

While it remains to be seen what will happen to individuals currently serving suspensions for multiple DUI convictions or administrative actions, it seems likely that the shortened suspension periods will only effect those persons violating the DUI statututes after July 1, 2010.  It also remains unclear whether persons who’s licenses are suspended through the administrative process will be eligible for the same treatment.  Meaning, if your license is suspended for a multiple time for through the administrative process, and you are convicted of a multiple offense DUI in court, you may not be eligible for the shorter restriction following installation of the Ignition Interlock Device.

Kapsack & Bair staff on 11 Jun 2010

New Sacramento Office

Kapsack & Bair have been defending DUI cases in the Sacramento area for over a dozen years. We have great familiarity with the courts and DA’s in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado Counties.

More and more people arrested for DUI in these areas have been looking to our expertise to see them through. Now Kapsack and Bair are happy to announce we will be meeting with clients and offering free initial consultations in a convenient downtown Sacramento location.

Sacramento DUI Lawyer
Esquire Plaza
1215 K Street
17th Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
United States
(916) 930-1967