When Is an Ignition Interlock Device Required?
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a breathalyzer installed into an individual’s vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than is programmed into the device, it will prevent the car from being started.
If you’ve been charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), a judge may require you to install an IID in your car. For a 1st DWI offense, it is up to the judge’s discretion. You may or may not be required to install a device for 6 months to 1 year after you get your car back. For a 2nd DWI offense, however, an IID installation is mandatory while your license is suspended and for 1 to 3 years following restoration of your license.
Depending on the number of DWIs you have, or the judge’s decision, when the court sentences you to get an IID, you will receive a notice of suspension from the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). MVC will give you instructions on how to obtain a device, which you will likely have to pay for yourself. The state will give you a list of installation locations throughout the state. The amount of the installation and upkeep fees will vary, depending on the manufacturer. If you fail to install an IID on your car after a court order, you could get an additional year of driving privilege suspension.
If you’ve been accused of a DWI, make sure to talk to a skilled Bergen County DWI attorney. Our lawyers at Brickfield & Donahue are passionate about defending our clients’ rights and freedom. We have decades of proven criminal defense experience and our attorneys are highly rated by peers and former clients. Let us see what we can do for you and your case.
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