The Legal Lowdown On Ignition Interlock Devices And DUIs


Have you been charged with a DUI, or do you drive "buzzed" sometimes? If so, it is important to realize that the sanctions assigned to individuals who are convicted or accept pleas to DUIs can be tremendous. Beyond the fines, there are other inconveniences and sometimes life-changing circumstances that may happen. This is why it is best to know the potential repercussions before making high-risk choices. However, it is important to note that a DUI charge does not always mean that individuals will get convicted. 

One of the biggest concerns that individuals have when facing DUI charges is how it will impact their driving privileges. A number of factors will be used to make this determination, and it is not based on local ordinances but rather statutes. Some states may use a formula that involves calculating the number of DUI convictions within a certain number of years, and others may have a lookback period that goes by lifetime convictions. Judges can give penalties in addition to the mandatory state sanctions.

A potential consequence of DUI convictions in recent years has been mandated ignition interlock devices. These are devices that are installed into the vehicles that individuals will drive. They are required to blow in the devices to start their vehicles and throughout vehicle operation. The presence of alcohol will prevent vehicles from operating or continuing to operate. The following points will help you understand more about this technology and provide legal insight. 


The costs associated with these devices include installation and maintenance costs. The devices may need to be recalibrated or reset if a positive blow test or false-positive blow test occurs. You may have issues proving a false-positive, which could result in paying out additional money on your probation or being required to take costly classes due to suspected alcohol use. The use of alcohol is generally a probation violation and could cost you lost time from work due to the possibility of a new arrest or court appearances. This can interfere with your work hours. 


Some individuals may not have vehicles to install these devices on. Some states allow judges to make determinations on a case-by-case basis after a license suspension has expired. Judges can waive the requirement for licensing purposes due to hardship. They may also impose certain stipulations such as if a person ever acquires a vehicle, they will need to get the device installed for the original recommended time frame.

There is a lot for individuals facing a DUI to consider. The laws surrounding this type of charge is everchanging. This is why it is ideal to use a DUI lawyer as a resource when facing a DUI. The temptation to accept a plea deal, plead guilty, or plead nolo contendre may be overwhelming but could prove costly. A DUI lawyer could negotiate a plea agreement that results in reduced charges that do not require installing an ignition interlock device. 


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