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Operating Without an IID in MA

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Operating without an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in Massachusetts means driving a vehicle without a special breathalyzer installed that requires you to blow into it before starting the car. This device is typically required for people who have been convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence multiple times. If it’s mandated for your vehicle, not using it when you drive can lead to serious legal consequences, including criminal charges, losing your driver’s license, and fines.

At Nate Amendola Defense, we recognize the serious legal ramifications that arise when someone is charged with operating a vehicle without a mandated IID. This offense is not merely a minor infraction but a serious breach that can lead to severe consequences, including mandatory jail time, license suspension, and substantial fines. Our firm’s deep understanding of Massachusetts’ OUI laws, combined with a commitment to thorough legal representation, positions us uniquely to assist those facing such daunting charges.

Operating Without an IID:

Statutory Elements

To find the defendant guilty, the Commonwealth must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, defendant:

  1. Operated a motor vehicle;
  2. On a public way;
  3. The motor vehicle was not equipped with a certified functioning ignition interlock device; and
  4. Their license to operate was restricted to operating only vehicles with such a device

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Criminal Penalties

State Prison: Not less than 2.5 years (30 months) OR
House of Corrections: Not less than 180 days but not more than 2.5 years (30 months) AND/OR
Fine: Not less than $1,000 but not more than $15,000
There is a mandatory minimum of 150 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Drive Someone Else’s Car if I’m Required to Have an IID?

NO. If you are mandated to use an IID, you are only allowed to operate vehicles equipped with such a device. Driving someone else’s car without an IID is a violation of the law.

Can I Rent a Car with an IID Requirement?

Renting a car can be challenging for individuals with an IID requirement. Rental companies may not have vehicles with IIDs installed, and it is illegal to drive without one if it’s required.

How Long Do I Have to Use an IID?

The duration for which you must use an IID depends on your specific circumstances, including the nature of your offense(s) and any stipulations set by the court or the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Generally, it ranges from months to several years. Our team can help you understand the specific requirements of your case.

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Take Control of Your Driving Privileges

Operating without an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in Massachusetts is a serious offense with far-reaching consequences. Don’t let legal complexities and potential penalties overwhelm you. At Nate Amendola Defense, we are dedicated to helping individuals like you protect their driving privileges and legal rights. Our team of seasoned attorneys specializes in Massachusetts OUI laws and understands the intricacies of IID requirements. Fill out an online form or call our office at 7816506785 today to speak to an experienced attorney.

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