Fort Lauderdale, FL- There are a number of troublesome consequences for drinking and driving in Florida. In fact, a recent study of DUI laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that laws in the Sunshine State are pretty tough. WalletHub ranked the state 14 because DUI penalties in the state are strict, but are ignition interlock devices mandatory?

Nationally, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been behind a multi-state legislative push to make ignition interlock devices mandatory for first-time DUI offenders because they say the devices save lives. According to MADD, most DUI offenders drink and drive an average of 80 times before they are ever caught, so they believe that making ignition interlocks mandatory would keep a lot of dangerous drivers off of the road.

Currently, under Florida’s DUI laws, first-time offenders are not required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles, though a judge can order an offender to install one depending on the circumstances of a person’s case. You have a greater chance of being ordered to install an ignition interlock device if your blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.15 percent. If you are arrested for a second, third or subsequent DUI, you will be required to have one of these devices installed for one to five years.

When you are ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your car, you must pay for the installation and monthly recalibration out of your pocket. Over time that can add up to several hundred dollars and is just one of the many financial burdens of a DUI conviction. If you happen to drive more than one vehicle, you will be required to install one in every vehicle you plan on driving.

For some DUI offenders, an ignition interlock device is helpful and allows them some freedom, but these devices are not right for everyone. Some people are better off not driving, especially if they have a drinking problem, and will be better served by another sentencing alternative. Before you decide to install an ignition interlock device in your car, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a defense lawyer. We have a dedicated and assertive team of DUI lawyers in Florida who can help you decide if an ignition interlock device is the best choice for you.

If you were charged with a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, we recommend you call the Law Offices of Leader & Leader P.A. and set up a consultation. Attorney Michael Leader has been helping people with their DUI charges for years. There is more on the line than you realize. We recommend you call the Fort Lauderdale Law firm Leader & Leader, PA at (954)523-2020 and set up a consultation. He will discuss you charges, the penalties you face and will help you choose the best defense strategy.