Most Tennessee drivers have heard of breathalyzer tests. A breathalyzer test is an assessment undertaken by a law enforcement official upon a person that they believe was driving while under the influence of alcohol. In order to perform the test the suspected drunk driver must blow into a tube so that the alcohol content of their breath may be analyzed.
Similar to breathalyzer tests are ignition interlock devices. An IID is a device that a person must install in their vehicle if ordered by a court. When an IID is properly in place a person cannot turn their vehicle on until they blow an alcohol-free breath into the device's system.
Individuals may be ordered to install an IID in their own cars if they are arrested and convicted on drunk driving charges. The state of Tennessee recognizes the imposition of IID on individuals and courts may order their installation for a number of different alleged drunk driving offenses.
Being required to put an IID in one's personal car can be costly. An individual may have to pay for the actual IID and its installation, any calibration and testing that must be done to ensure that it works properly and for any monitoring that must be done while the device is in the possession of the alleged drunk driver. Drivers who are forced to get an IID may be able to get waivers to help defer some of the costs.
Courts order the installation of an IID when individuals are convicted on serious drunk driving charges. An IID may be only one of the penalties that a person must cope with after a conviction. Getting help from an attorney can help ease a person's concerns about their pending drunk driving case and the steps they must take to protect their rights.