Ignition Interlock Devices

Carmel DWI Lawyer for Clients in Putnam & Westchester Counties

One of the penalties for DWI in New York is the mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices. When the device is required, the driver must pay the price of installing and monitoring the device and prohibited from driving any vehicle without a device installed. When you need a Carmel DUI attorney, the Law Office of Keith R. Murphy offers personalized legal representation for clients in and around Putnam County, NY.

How Ignition Interlock Devices Work

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer device that is installed on a vehicle. It is designed to prevent the driver from operating the vehicle when intoxicated. You will need to blow into the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects any level of impairment, the engine will not start. This is not the legal limit of a BAC of .08% or higher, but any detectable alcohol. In addition, the device may periodically require breath samples when the vehicle is in use. If alcohol is detected, the ignition will switch off.

In addition to an ignition interlock device, consequences for DWI may include:

  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Court ordered counseling
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Loss of employment when your job requires driving
  • Ongoing stigma of having a criminal record

Requirements For the Devices

When ignition interlock devices are required, the driver must incur the costs of installation of the device, as well as pay the monthly cost of monitoring the device. Additionally, ignition interlock devices must be installed on every car you drive, which can get expensive if you use more than one vehicle. The period of time that the device must be installed can vary.

For a first conviction, it will need to remain on the vehicle for six months. For subsequent offenses or aggravated DWI, the device will need to remain installed on the vehicle for a period of time that is as long as the person’s driver’s license was suspended. For example, if your driver’s license was suspended for one year, that would be followed by one year with a device installed on your car.

A Law Firm With the Right Experience

A conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has serious consequences for New York and out of state drivers. You should contact a Carmel DUI attorney with experience defending clients charged with DWI. Keith R. Murphy provides tailored representation for every client and approaches each case with a profound respect for the clients need and goals.

When DUI charges require ignition interlock devices, you need legal help. Call (845) 584-7033 to speak with an experienced Putnam County DUI lawyer.

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