What is an ignition interlock device and when is it required?

What is an ignition interlock device and when is it required?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

There are a variety of different penalties and consequences drivers accused of drunk driving facing. One potential consequence is an ignition interlock device which is why it is helpful for accused drivers to be familiar with what an ignition interlock device is and when one may be required.

Ignition interlock devices and when they are required

Penalties and consequences associated with drunk driving charges include license suspension or the loss of a driver’s license; substantial fines; substance abuse treatment; community service; jail or prison time; restitution; a criminal record; and an ignition interlock device.

In some circumstances, an ignition interlock device may be required to be put on the accused driver’s vehicle. Accused drivers are required to contact an ignition interlock device provider and have one installed on their vehicle. An ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into it and the ignition is disabled if the driver is under the influence.

Ignition interlock devices may be required in certain circumstances including:

  • First conviction – an ignition interlock device may be required if it is court ordered.
  • First conviction and the accused driver’s blood alcohol content is greater than 0.15 or there is a minor in the car – an ignition interlock device is required for 6 months.
  • Second conviction – an ignition interlock device is required for one year.
  • Second conviction and the accused driver’s blood alcohol content is greater than 0.15 or there is a minor in the car – an ignition interlock device is required for at least 2 years.
  • Third conviction – an ignition interlock device is required for at least 2 years.
  • Four or more convictions – an ignition interlock device is required for at least 5 years.

The penalties and consequences associated with DUI charges can be significant, including the costs associated with an ignition interlock device and the requirement to obtain one on the accused driver’s vehicle. For those reasons, it is important for accused drivers to be familiar with criminal defense options when facing DUI charges.

 

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