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KY DUI Ignition Interlock

Newly available to Kentucky DUI Defendants - Ignition Interlock on vehicle.  Many see this as another way for various entities to make money, others as additional intrusion on rights and hardening of DUI penalties, while it is best seen as a viable alternative to losing all driving privileges. Ignition Interlock devises have been around for a number of years and have been successfully utilized in many other states such as Ohio.  An ignition interlock device or breath alcohol ignition interlock device (IID and BAIID) is a breathalyzer for an individual's vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle.  It may also require random tests to assure that the driver does not have alcohol in their breath. Kentucky law now allows for ignition interlock device (IID) and special ignition interlock license (IIL) under a number of circumstances.  The IID and IIL may be available for pretrial suspension periods, post conviction or post acquittal.  Having an attorney who regularly handles DUI defense is advisable and attorney can guide you through the process AND advise whether the IID is right for your case. The process of obtaining an IID and IIL is rather cumbersome.

  1. You must file a Petition (insurance) in District Court and the Judge must approve the petition.
  2. The Petition is taken or sent to DOT, where you fill out an application ($, registration & insurance).  If approved,
  3. You then contact approved provider for installation ($ & proof of approval)
  4. They will guide you to approved installer in your area ($ & proof of approval).  After installation, they will provider certificate of installation.
  5. Certificate will allow you to return to Clerk for special Ignition Interlock License. ($ & certificate)

Ignition Interlock is not intended to replace right to privileges for work, education, treatment and medical which is still available after 30 day hard suspension.  In certain cases, the cost of IID and IIL will outweigh the benefits and defendant may be better off with friends, family, taxi cabs, and Uber as other alternatives. If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an attorney for best defense.  For representation regarding DUI defense, and with knowledge of ignition interlock in Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected] .

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