Ignition Interlock Devices

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Helping Clients Understand The Ignition Interlock Device Requirements & Laws in New York

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 is prohibited from driving any vehicle without a device installed.

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.

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How Does an Ignition Interlock Device 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. 

How Long Will I Have To Maintain the IID in New York?

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.

What Happens If the Ignition Interlock Device Detects Alcohol?

If an ignition interlock device detects alcohol on a driver's breath,  the ignition will switch off. Normally, the driver will have to wait a certain amount of time before attempting another test. However, if the device detects alcohol while the driver is operating the vehicle, an alarm will sound, and the driver will be mandated to perform a rolling retest. If the driver fails the rolling retest, the vehicle may shut off, and the driver could be subjected to additional penalties or sanctions.

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
  • The ongoing stigma of having a criminal record

Contact Our Ignition Interlock Device Lawyer Today

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 an 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 client's needs and goals.

Contact The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy today to get started with our Carmel ignition interlock device attorney.

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