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Woman seems caught by updating laws

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2019 | Dui Defense

People who live in Virginia and who are arrested for drunk driving know that they may face a myriad of penalties if they are convicted. The consequences associated with a conviction for driving under the influence have evolved over the years. One of the changes that has taken place is regarding the required use of ignition interlock devices, or IIDs as they are commonly known.

As explained in a recent report by, there was a time when IIDs were not mandatory for every driver convicted of a DUI offense. That changed, however, in 2012 when a new law went into effect that required every person convicted of drunk driving to install and use an ignition interlock device. Drivers are responsible to pay for all of the costs associated with an IID, including installation, calibration, leasing and removal.

One might assume that if they had been convicted of a DUI prior to 2012, they may not need to use an IID. That is not apparently true in all cases. One woman was convicted of her second DUI in 2007, well before the new IID law went into effect. After spending three years in prison, she was unable to reinstate her driving privileges for several more years due to the hefty fines she owed. Finally, last year, she paid them off.

Upon working with the Department of Motor Vehicles to get her driver’s license back, she was told that she must now use an IID for six months. Because her fines were paid after the new law was effective, she was subject to it.