If you have been arrested for and charged with an impaired driving offense in Minnesota, you might be facing the revocation of your driver’s license. If this happens to you and you are convicted of a driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence charge, you may have the option to restore your right to drive by using an ignition interlock device.

As explained by the Minnesota Department of Driver and Vehicle Services, even a first-ever DWI or DUI charge might lead to your license being revoked. The length of time that your revocation will last will depend in part on your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest or your choice to take or not to take a breath test. License revocation periods last from 90 days to one year for first time offenses. By installing an ignition interlock device, you may regain the right to drive at any time during this period.

You will be financially responsible for participation in the IID program. This includes installation and removal of the device, rental or lease of the device and any maintenance or calibration fees during the period in which you must use the IID. With an ignition interlock device, you must take a breath test before you can start your vehicle. You will also be prompted to take additional tests at random times while you are driving.

If you would like to learn more about the laws concerning ignition interlock devices for people convicted of drunk driving offenses, please feel free to visit the IID program page of our Minnesota criminal defense website.