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California DUI ignition interlock and vehicle impound info

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May 17, 2008

Vehicle Penalties For California DUI

What is a California DUI ignition interlock device or IID?

An 'ignition interlock device' or IID is a small breathalyzer that is attached to the ignition in your car that you have to blow into before you start your car.

If you blow into an IID and it detects the presence of alcohol then your car will not start.

It is a precautionary measure imposed by California DUI courts to prevent people who are convicted in California DUI from repeating a California DUI offense.

Often times if your BAC is particularly high, or if it is a second, or third, or multiple offense, then the California DUIcourt will require you as a condition of California DUI probation to have the IID or Ignition Interlock Device installed in your car.

Can my vehicle be impounded if I get a California DUI?

Your vehicle could be impounded if you get a California DUI and that law varies by state. Some states require that a person arrested for DUI have their vehicle impounded, but in other states, it is in the discretion of the California DUI police officers who arrest you.

What do the California DUI police do with my vehicle if I am arrested for a DUI?

If you are arrested for California DUI, then what happens to your car, often is in the discretion of the police officers. Sometimes they will have it towed, sometimes they will have it impounded, sometimes they will allow you to keep it parked in a safe place where you were pulled over, sometimes if you have a sober passenger they will allow the passenger to drive your car off with your permission, or allow you to bring a sober person to the scene to drive your car off. Sometimes it really is in the discretion of the California DUI police officers, and that's one reason to try to get along with them, because they often have that authority.