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When is an ignition interlock device mandatory after an OWI?

On Behalf of | Apr 20, 2023 | Criminal Defense, OWI |

When a Wisconsin charge of operating while intoxicated results in a criminal conviction, even first-time offenders face hefty consequences. Jail time is a possibility, and drivers who receive OWIs also face fines and driver’s license revocations, among other consequences. Depending on the circumstances, a Wisconsin driver who receives a conviction for OWI may also have to use an ignition interlock device for a period once he or she regains driving privileges.

Per the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, an ignition interlock device is a form of technology that makes a motorist supply an alcohol-free breath sample before starting a vehicle. Drivers with IIDs must have them serviced regularly and may face additional expenses relating to installation, monthly service and device removal. Wisconsin drivers have to use IIDs on their own cars and any others they drive during their restriction periods if any of the following conditions exist.

They have previous OWI convictions

All repeat-OWI offenders in Wisconsin must use IIDs for a period after a subsequent drunk driving conviction.

They have certain blood alcohol concentrations

Wisconsin drivers with convictions for OWIs also have to install and use IIDs if their blood alcohol concentrations exceeded 0.15% at the time of their drunk driving arrests.

They refuse to submit to chemical testing

An IID is also an automatic consequence of refusing to submit to a breath or blood test when a law enforcement officer suspects a driver may be operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Motorists required to use IIDs for periods that extend into 2024 or beyond now have to use specific IIDs that have cameras in them.



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