How Does The Interlock Device Work In Oklahoma After A DUI?

How Does The Interlock Device Work In OklahomaAn interlock ignition device is something that’s installed in your vehicle that you must blow into before starting your car. If the alcohol concentration is too high, then your car will not start. With a few minor exceptions, the interlock must be installed on every vehicle you drive. Some interlocks have cameras in them. Those take pictures of the people who are blowing into the device so they can be sure there is not someone else blowing into it.

Additionally, the driver has to blow into the interlock periodically while the car is running to confirm that it wasn’t just someone else who blew into it at the start and then somebody is driving drunk thereafter. If you either don’t blow into it or blow into it with alcohol, then the car will cease to operate. The interlock can be installed during the revocation period if a hardship exists and you pay a $150 fee. If you have to install an interlock after your initial period of revocation, then you have to pay $50 to get a modified license. There is a monthly maintenance fee of $25, and there could also be monthly fees with the actual interlock device company that has installed the interlock device in your car.

Your interlock time begins after the mandatory period of revocation, or until your driving privileges are reinstated, whichever is longer. The big thing to remember here is once you’re done with the mandatory period of revocation, it does not automatically roll into “interlock time.” You have to get your driver’s license reinstated in order for the interlock time to start. Reinstating your driver’s license requires contacting DPS and finding out what they require from you to have your license reinstated. Usually, it’s an additional fee, and you may have to submit documents to them such as your completion of various classes. The bottom line is that you need to get your license reinstated as soon as you’re done with the mandatory revocation period so you can start the clock running on the interlock time.

The time periods are governed by 47 OS § 6-212.3. For the first revocation, if the person refused to submit to a test or tests or had a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more the time period is for one-and-a-half years following the mandatory period of revocation or until driving privileges are reinstated, whichever is longer. For a second revocation, the period is four years following that mandatory period of revocation, or until the driving privileges are reinstated, whichever is longer. For a subsequent revocation, the interlock period of five years following the mandatory period of revocation or until the driving privileges of the person are reinstated, whichever is longer.

The key here is after a revocation. Even if you get arrested for DUI and you go through the DPS hearing, you may win at the DPS hearing or lose the DPS hearing and have that ruling appealed to the district court in Oklahoma. Then if you win there, your license will not be revoked even if you pled in a deferred sentence. This additional interlock period relies on that actual previous revocation.

Oklahoma does not have a hardship, occupational or work license. However, you do have the opportunity to have the interlock device placed on the car during the revocation period.

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