If you were charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you can expect to encounter an ignition interlock device. Continue reading and give our skilled legal team a call today. Our dedicated Bergen County DWI attorney is on your side.
What is the objective of an ignition interlock device in New Jersey?
In the event that you were charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device mandates that you supply a breath sample before you start your vehicle. If you blow into the device with a blood alcohol concentration above .05%, the car will not start. Furthermore, as you are driving, you will likely have to provide more breaths to display your sobriety level. If you fail to provide a breath sample when asked to do so, the device will emit an alarm and will make you pull over.
It is also important to note that these devices are taken very seriously and prevent other people from using them on behalf of the driver. Trying to use another person’s breath to be able to turn on your car is a violation and harsh penalties are likely to follow.
Am I required to install an ignition interlock device?
A first-offense DWI with a blood alcohol concentration over .15% may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. It may also be ordered if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test. It is important to note that the device must be installed after the driver’s license is returned for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.
If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is lower than .15%, then the choice of whether or not that individual will need an ignition interlock device installed is up to the court.
Individuals encountering a second DWI charge may have to install the device for one to three years after their license is reinstated. This also applies to drivers with third convictions or the refusal of a breathalyzer test.
If you have not installed a device when ordered to do so, the court can order another year of license suspension. If you are facing the consequences of a DWI, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today.
Where can I get an ignition interlock device?
There are a number of different locations where an ignition interlock device can be installed. Generally, local auto-related service shops are equipped for installation. It is important to note that these devices need recalibration either every 30, 60, or 90 days.
If you have been charged with a DWI, it is in your best interest to speak with our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today to examine your options.
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