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I got a DUI in Oregon but I live in Washington. If I haven't drove since my arrest do I still have to get an interlock device?

Hood River, OR |

I'm on diversion and want to comply but don't have the money for the interlock device

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I believe so. A condition of your diversion for Oregon is to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle during the year long period of diversion. However, I have seen at least one judge terminate that condition after a couple of months if everything is going smoothly. You should speak to your attorney about this.

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Your diversion requirements probably say that you must install the IID in any vehicle that you own, even if you do not drive it. If you cannot afford to install one, you may want to sell your vehicle. You may even be able to arrange for a sale contract whereby you have the right to re-purchase your car from the buyer after the ignition interlock device requirement is over.


Oregon’s DUII Diversion statute provides, as of January 1, 2012: “The court shall require as a condition of a driving while under the influence of intoxicants diversion agreement that an approved ignition interlock device be installed in any vehicle operated by the person during the period of the agreement when the person has driving privileges.” ORS 813.602(2). So it's not about putting the IID in vehicles you own -- it's simply that you can't "operate" any vehicle that doesn't have an IID installed. If you do, and you get caught (there's a notation on your driving record for any cop who pulls you over), it's quite possible you'll be convicted of DUII, put in jail, and get a 1-year license suspension. The stakes are too high -- don't do it.

Edward T LeClaire

Edward T LeClaire


When you do decide to drive, the interstate issues on a driver's license become very confusing. Washington's Department of Licensing is supposed to do what Oregon did to your license, but I hear tales that such activity is erratic at best. Moreover, until you pay to get your license back in Oregon (i.e., right to drive in Oregon on a Washington license) Oregon will continue to consider you suspended here. I have heard tales of Washington finally getting notice of an Oregon suspension months or years later, and only then imposing the suspension. If you want to drive again, you might want to consider contacting the Washington Department of Licensing to figure out the status of your license. If suspended in Washington, an IID and proof of insurance will form the basis of getting limited permission.

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