When you are convicted of a DWI, part of your punishment may include the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This is an important device that you will have in your car for a certain amount of time based on your conviction. The following are some things you need to know about ignition interlock devices:
How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?
An ignition interlock device is akin to an in-car breathalyzer. Once you crank the vehicle, the device detects the ignition. For the car to start, you have to pass the breath test to make sure you have no alcohol in your body. If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle won't start.
How Frequently Do You Have To Take the Test?
You have to take a breath test using the device before you drive your vehicle for the amount of time designated by the judge in your DWI case. You will also be prompted to take a test as you drive the vehicle.
When Are Ignition Interlock Devices Required?
Every state has varying laws on when you can be punished by installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. For example, some states require you to install an ignition interlock device after any subsequent offenses after the first. You may also be required to install the device if your blood alcohol account was above a certain percentage.
There are also some instances where you have to install an ignition interlock device when you are allowed out of jail on bond. While your case is being worked out, you may have to use an ignition interlock device until an outcome is reached. You may also need to install the device if you are on probation.
In many states, if your driver's license is suspended because of a DWI, you may be able to apply for an ignition interlock device to help you regain your driving privileges. There are some eligibility rules that you must follow. You must have a valid driver's license and your suspension must be due only to your DWI and not other reasons. In addition, you cannot have any outstanding fines.
An ignition interlock device is meant to keep you and others safe on the road. It is also used to help you learn a lesson after a DWI. If you have any questions about ignition interlock devices, be sure to speak to your DWI attorney.