There are a number of consequences implicated with a DWI charge. One of the most common is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. If you are encountering a DWI charge, it is in your best interest to reach out to the Law Office of Carl Spector today to discuss your options. Our skilled Bergen County DUI attorneys are on your side.
What is the objective of an ignition interlock device in New Jersey?
If you were charged with a DWI in New Jersey, you will likely be mandated to install an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device demands that you provide 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. Also, 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 sound an alarm and will make you pull over.
It is also important to recognize that these devices are taken very seriously and stop other people from using them on behalf of the driver. Attempting 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 demand the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. It may also be ordered if you decline to take a breathalyzer test. It is important to mention 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 facing 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 instruct another year of license suspension. If you are encountering the consequences of a DWI, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today.
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