Arkansas ignition interlock rules

On Behalf of | May 12, 2021 | Drunk Driving

If you are convicted of an alcohol DUI in Arkansas, you will likely need to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This device prohibits the car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath. The amount of time that the device needs to remain on your car depends on how many times you have been convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

How long will you need to use an IID?

Under state law, you’re required to use an IID for at least six months from the date of your first conviction. If you have been convicted of an alcohol DUI more than four times, you must use such a device for the rest of your life. In some cases, you will need to use an IID after refusing to submit to a chemical test during a traffic stop.

What happens if you don’t obtain an IID?

Failing to obtain an IID means that you won’t qualify for a restricted license during your suspension period. Ultimately, you will not be allowed to drive to work, school or other destinations for a period of at least six months. Your criminal defense attorney may be able to provide more information about the potential consequences of not complying with a requirement to install an IID in your car.

If you are charged with DUI, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney to help with your case. Counsel may be able to help negotiate a favorable plea deal that would reduce the severity of any charge that you plead guilty to.