Every state has its own laws for an ignition interlock device. As such, the requirement will vary based on both the location of the charges and the severity. For example, while one state may not require an ignition interlock device to be installed for a first offense, another state might make it mandatory. The requirement may even differ in the same jurisdiction from judge to judge, if there is no set requirement.
However, one thing remains constant across all 50 state lines – you should do everything possible to avoid an ignition interlock device from being mandated as part of your drunk driving sentence. Below is some important information you may want to know about ignition interlock device, especially if you have been charged with a DWI and are getting your driver’s license back with this device as a requirement.
What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is connected to your car via the ignition system. It monitors your blood alcohol level by requiring you to blow into the device for three seconds prior to starting your car. This process is similar to a Breathalyzer test. Your car will not start if your test reads .02 or higher. In addition, the device can go off periodically while you are driving. When it does, you will need to retest your blood alcohol level with the device.
The information collected by this device is sent back to the court system or your individual case manager. If your reports show any violations of the law, you may face additional fines or stay stuck with the ignition interlock device for an extended period of time.
You Pay For The System
In addition to having to deal with the headaches of the ignition interlock system, you will also be have to pay for the device. The cost generally varies and depends on what company is installing the device. In addition for having to pay for the ignition interlock system, you also have to pay a monthly maintenance and reading fee.
Avoiding the Device
It is best to avoid the ignition interlock device altogether. One important step to take in avoiding the installation of this device is to hire an experienced drunk driving attorney to fight your DWI charges in the first place. With a good attorney on your side, you can be confident that the drunk driving charges you are facing will be dismissed or at least reduced to avoid the installation of an ignition interlock device.
The best time to hire an attorney is immediately after the drunk driving arrest. The sooner you have legal representation, the more likely it is that you will avoid the charges. Moreover, hiring an experienced attorney in the early stages will ensure that you make fewer mistakes that may be detrimental to your case.
Have you or someone you love been arrested for drunk driving? If you need to speak to a New Jersey DUI attorney regarding a charge, please contact the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.a free consultation.