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What is an ignition interlock device and how can it affect me?

Dale Gribow June 8, 2015

Much of our blog has been dedicated to discussing the penalties you could face if you are convicted of a DUI. While a jail sentence, fines, and license suspension are all very real possibilities, there are other consequences that have far-reaching effects. For example, having a criminal record could seriously tarnish your reputation, making it difficult to get a job or find adequate housing. Another penalty you could face is forced implementation of an ignition interlock device.

An ignition interlock device is a machine that is installed in your vehicle and prevents it from starting without you submitting a breath sample free of alcohol. Any trace of alcohol on your breath will disallow your car from starting. Even as you operate your vehicle, you must submit to periodic breath tests to ensure that you are refraining from driving under the influence.

While a nuisance, an ignition interlock device can also drastically affect your life. The cost of installation could significantly burden you and if you take a prescription medication that utilizes an alcohol base, then you may have to make a difficult decision between taking your medicine and being able to drive your car. In the event that the ignition interlock device fails or you submit a failed breath test, then you may miss work, school or important family events.

Therefore, as you can see, there is a lot at stake when facing a DUI charge. The good news is that you do not have to fight the allegations alone. Instead, a competent defense attorney can help you with your criminal case. With a strong legal ally by your side, you may be able to reach an outcome that is fair and avoids the harshest of penalties.