Minnesota drivers who are convicted of drunk driving offenses can expect to deal with a variety of consequences, including fines and the suspension of their drivers’ licenses. Under some circumstances, a driver may be eligible for the ignition interlock device (IID) program, which allows drivers convicted of DWI to regain their licenses by installing IIDs in their vehicles. An IID prevents the vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol in the driver’s breath sample. However, some drivers may not understand the penalties for an IID violation.
While a driver may regain his or her license under the IID program, this is not a free ride. Anytime a driver violates the terms of the program, the IID company reports the violation to Minnesota authorities. Common violations include tampering with the device, having someone else blow into the device, failing to take a rolling test and failing a startup test.
While each state’s rules are different and may change frequently, every state sets penalties for IID violations. For example, a driver may pay a fine, lose his or her license, receive an extension of the IID period or even go to jail. In some cases, authorities may impound a driver’s vehicle for a violation.
An ignition interlock violation is more than simply being unable to start one’s car. It may carry serious penalties that can jeopardize one’s future. Anyone facing allegations of having violated the terms of Minnesota’s IID program would be wise to contact an attorney who has significant experience dealing with DWI laws.