Timing for installing an Ignition Interlock Device in Wisconsin

Questions frequently arise regarding the timing for installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID). The concern that arises is whether an individual has to be relicensed before they will receive credit towards having the IID on their vehicle. Normally, if an individual tests over a .15 on a first offense, has refused chemical testing, or has a second or subsequent offense, the Court is required to order that the individual install an Ignition Interlock Device on vehicle titled in their name. The question becomes if the person installs that IID immediately, and waits to get relicensed at some time in the future, does the person get credit towards the IID period from the date that the device was installed or from the date that he was relicensed.  The answer to that question is: it depends.

The Court must order installation of an IID in the situations described above. When the Court orders a period for which the IID must be installed, the time period starts to run upon the individual getting any license, unless the Court orders the IID to be installed immediately. Thus, the Court has the option of ordering the IID be installed immediately. When the Court orders immediate installation, the counting period runs from the moment that the person installs the IID device.

Therefore, it is critical that the client is made aware of the specific order and the timing for which the device is required.  Being proactive in installing an Ignition Interlock Device prior to a conviction or immediately upon conviction is not necessarily a benefit to the client and the client may not receive credit for the entire period that the device is on their vehicle. That is, the client may be required to have that device installed longer than the actual period the court ordered.

It is critical that clients are made aware of the differences in terms of the Ignition Interlock orders.  These issues should be discussed with a qualified attorney.


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