If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense, then an interlock ignition device may be your best chance at retaining driving rights. Here is what you need to know about this device.
What is an Interlock Device?
An interlock device is an apparatus that's hooked up to your ignition in order to make sure you're not intoxicated behind the wheel. These devices use a breathalyzer to test your blood alcohol content before you start the ignition and then again at random intervals while you're driving.
What are the Benefits of the Interlock Ignition?
For most DUI charges, you can face losing your license for a year or more. The interlock device was designed to give first time offenders some leeway to correct their own behavior. An interlock ignition is usually a requirement if you wish to retain your license during a DUI.
How Does it Work?
The interlock will have you blow into the device at random intervals to make sure that your blood alcohol content is at 0. If you fail to blow into the interlock device within a specified time, or if the readings detect that your BAC is over a certain limit, your ignition will shut off (after giving you a chance to pul off the road safely).
What is the Interlock Process?
Aside from the initial installation of the interlock device, you will need to go into your interlock repair shop on a regular basis (around once a month) so that the device can be tested. The shop will make sure that you haven't passed the limit of alcohol test misses, and you will have to pay fines for any misses you received that month. The shop will also take a look at the cameras to make sure that you didn't have anyone else blow into the breathalyzer for you.
How Can I Ask for an Ignition Lock?
In order to successfully get an ignition lock, you'll almost certainly need the help of a DUI attorney. Being granted an interlock by your judge is not a given, and it will depend on the individual judge and the evidence against you. The attorney will need to present evidence that you are responsible enough to use a DUI interlock device and retain your license in spite of a past drunk driving offense; they may include proof of your responsibility in holding jobs, maintaining a clean driving record in the past, and a criminal history. If you are interested in trying the interlock solution, consult with an expert DUI attorney, like Patricia K Wood Atty, who can walk you through the steps and benefits.
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