What do I Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey?

When a person is convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, they can face very serious consequences. This can include fines, surcharges, mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses, and jail time. Depending on the situation, the court may also require an ignition interlock device to be installed in the driver’s vehicle. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance with your case.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

In some DWI convictions, New Jersey courts may require an ignition interlock device to be installed in the vehicle of the driver. This is a device that connects to the steering column and requires the driver to blow into it, determining their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Their BAC must be less than 0.05% for the vehicle to start, otherwise it will not turn on. The purpose of this device is to protect the driver and others from being put at risk for a dangerous and potentially life-threatening accident.  It is important to know that the device also prevents other people from using it on behalf of the driver, as they are required to provide additional breaths while the vehicle is in motion. If they are not, the vehicle will make a record of it, issue a warning, and set off an alarm until the driver pulls over.

When Will the Device be Installed?

If a driver receives a DWI conviction for the first time with a BAC over .15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This may also be required if they refuse to take a breathalyzer test. The device must be installed after their license is reinstated for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year. If the driver’s BAC is under 0.15%,  whether or not the device should be installed is up to the court. 

Individuals who are convicted of a second DWI may be required to have the device installed while their license as well as for one to three years after the license is reinstated. This is also the case for drivers with a third DWI conviction or if they refuse a breathalyzer test. If the driver does not have the device installed when they are ordered to, the judge can require an additional year of license suspension. 

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