Question: Can dmv require an IID to reinstate my license when I don't have a car? I was convicted of a 1st DUI in Burbank (didn't hire an attorney). I just got letter from DMV about IID. Apparently Los Angeles requires IID on DUI conviction???

Answer: Yes, there are 4 counties in California (Counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare) that require Interlock devices with a first offense DUI (or any subsequent DUI for that matter). If your conviction was in one of those counties, you will have to get an Interlock device once you get a car, even if you did not have one at the time of the conviction and didn’t drive for the past 6 months since conviction. That is the way the law is being interpreted, although many (including me) think that is ridiculous and hopefully will be addressed soon by legislature. If it is a term of your conviction apart from DMV, then you may have some ability to do get the court to remove that restriction, although I would think it would be unlikely, since they may not take you on your word that you haven’t driven at all and didn’t own a car.
Phil Hache,
Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney
Handling DUI and Criminal matters throughout Courts in Southern California including Van Nuys, CA, San Fernando, CA, Burbank, CA Glendale, CA Pasadena, CA Metropolitan Court, Bellflower, CA, Alhambra, CA, Malibu, CA, Compton, CA, Santa Clarita, CA, Airport Court, Chatsworth, CA Inglewood, CA, Los Angeles, CA and other Courts