What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a miniature breathalyzer installed in a car to detect the alcohol content in a driver’s breath. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York, the court will order you to install an ignition interlock device on each vehicle you own or operate, among other penalties.

Before driving, the driver must breathe into the device’s mouthpiece, which will determine the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The vehicle will not start if the machine registers a BAC that exceeds the preset limit.

The driver is also required to submit additional breath samples at periodic intervals while driving to avoid using another person’s breath to start the engine. If the driver fails to provide breath samples, the device will sound an alarm until the vehicle is turned off.

The ignition interlock device must remain installed for at least 12 months. In some cases, the driver may petition the court for the device’s removal after six months.

Ignition interlock devices can allow people with drunk driving convictions to continue driving. However, they come with many restrictions and expenses for the driver.

If you have been charged with a DWI offense in New York, contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney right away. Brill Legal Group is ready to help you fight the charges and avoid the nuisance of installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

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