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Posted on Jun 27, 2012
If you find yourself in the situation of having an Ignition Interlock Device, called an IID, installed in your car, there are certain things that you need to know about. Remember, even though it is required in many cases, the IID is still giving you a second chance to get back on the road. San Bernadino DUI lawyer, Stephen Levine offers the following advice for those needing to use an IID.
Follow the Rules to the Letter
With the use of the IID, you may feel embarrassed but it is actually allowing you to drive. Since it is meant to give you that second chance, it is imperative that you follow all rules regarding the IID. If you do not, you risk being arrested for tampering with the IID or for using it improperly.
What If The IID Is Too Embarrassing To Use?
Is the IID embarrassing? It depends on you, but to most people, it is. People will watch you as you blow into the IID, something they may never have seen before. Your use of it depends on how much you want to drive or on how much you need to drive.
Occasionally there may be some ways which can lessen the embarrassment to the user. For example, some installers will permit the part of the IID which you blow into to be below the dashboard of your car. If this is the case, you can duck your head down and blow into the device to start the car. This is not always recommended because you will want the camera to register you as the driver of the vehicle. However, when you have driven with the IID for several months and have been progressing well, you may want to ask to have the device lowered so you are not taking a Breathalyzer for the entire world to see. Even lowering the device a little bit may save you the embarrassment. This way, no one will know it’s in the car except you, your probation officer if any, the installation company and your lawyer. You will not be able to do this, obviously, during a rolling retest, but the IID is less conspicuous when you’re out on the road.
Consult with knowledgeable DUI attorneys who have lots of experience with IIDs and can advise you about what you can and cannot do with the IID in your car. They will understand that the situation can be embarrassing to you and will be able to answer any other questions you have about the aftermath of your DUI case.Guest PostNo Comments »Guest Post Ignition Interlock Device
Posted on Jun 20, 2012
Both DUI and DWI are terms associated with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. There isn’t much difference between them except the letters. While DUI stands for ‘driving under the influence’, DWI stands for ‘driving while intoxicated or impaired’. DWI laws are different in different states of the US; while some states use DWI, others use DUI.
Difference between DWI and DUI
In most states of the US, DUI or DWI are terms that are used interchangeably. But in Texas both refer to two different offenses. In both, a person is driving a motor vehicle in a public place under the influence of alcohol but the targets can be different in each type of offense.
The differences between DWI and DUI are as follows:
Whatever the name, DWI or DUI are both criminal offenses that can lead to severe punishments and penalties. Are there different penalties for DUI and DWI in your state? Do let us know.DUI, DWINo Comments »Driving Under the Influence driving while intoxicated
Posted on Jun 13, 2012
Getting arrested for a DWI is a frightening event, and almost anyone can end up making this kind of mistake in the first place. How you react during and after the arrest is what can make a huge difference in how things turn out. In order to keep things from blowing out of proportion after an arrest, it is important to avoid these common mistakes:
#1: Not Understanding the Full Severity of the Situation
Even if you have no previous record of any kind and were merely out for a few glasses of wine with friends, the bottom line is that a DWI is a DWI. Make sure you get the legal representation you need to fully grasp how serious the charges are and how best to handle them. In fact, even if you have been through the process before without legal representation it is a good idea not to try a DIY approach to your DWI.
#2: Continuing to drive Without a Driver’s License
In many cases you may have your driver’s license revoked or at least temporarily suspended. Driving without a license is not worth the gamble, and if you are caught it will only make legal matters for your DWI that much worse. Don’t take the risk when it is just as easy to hire a taxi, use public transportation, or even rely on a friend to help get you where you need to be until everything is cleared up.
#3: Not Getting the Proper Car Insurance
Most of the time in order to get your license reinstated you need to carry SR22 auto insurance. Get FREE quotes to find the lowest rate for you and make sure you get this insurance in place. It is also crucial that you keep this insurance once you have gotten your driver’s license reinstated. A lapse in your coverage must be immediately reported to the state and will result in you losing your driving privileges, again.
#4: Failure to Appear
Hiding your head in the sand will not make this go away. Make sure you follow through and appear and get the matter over with. You may run a risk of not getting the result you want on the day of your court date, but not appearing at all will ensure that you get a more severe penalty.
#5: Pleading Guilty If You Are Not
You may think you can get the matter over with quicker by pleading guilty, but remember this is your permanent record. Don’t make the mistake of pleading guilty just to get around hiring an attorney either. This can be a tempting route to take if you have never had to deal with a DWI charge before. But will certainly not lead to the results you are hoping to get in the long run.
It is simply important to be smart, organized and prepared for the entire thing to help make it easier for yourself. To admit that you need representation and to face your court date are two points that will surely help make the situation better. Also, remember to learn from your mistakes in order to avoid a repeat performance.Guest Post, Test Category1 Comment »Guest Post