Seattle, WA asked in DUI / DWI for Washington

Q: If charged with DUI is it mandatory to get IID device or can a person not obtain the IID and not drive in meantime

If charged with DUI can you not obtain a IID device and not drive in the meantime and still get your license back. Or is IID device required to obtain license back again? Hope my question makes sense. Thank you!

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Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Unfortunately there isn't one answer for all cases. The answer depends on the court orders, the DOL's action, and whether there are prior offenses.

Certainly someone who isn't driving never needs an IID. But sometimes the judge will order IID as a condition while the case is pending. Must have one if you want to drive. This is required if there is a prior DUI offense.

Regardless of the judge, the DOL may suspend the license. Then the only legal way to drive is with an IID and an interlock license. Again, not needed if you aren't going to drive.

If there is a conviction, then normally there is an IID requirement for a period of time. That time though, never goes away, you can't just wait it out. The requirement stays in place until fulfilled, until an IID is actually installed for the period of time required.

So the answer is complex and depends on multiple circumstances. I (or any lawyer) would have to look at your individual situation to give you an answer specific to your case.

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