In the second part of this blog series, we will continue to answer some questions that commonly arise when people have been charged with (or convicted of) drunk driving and may be facing the possibility of having ignition interlock devices required on their vehicles.
Q – What are the chances that I’ll have to have one of these devices installed on my vehicle if I’m convicted of DUI?
A – Whether or not you will be ordered by the courts to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle after a DUI conviction will depend on a number of different factors, only some of which include:
- Your blood alcohol level at the time of your DUI arrest – If you had a BAC of 0.15 or more and your DUI arrest occurred after January 1, 2014 (or if you had a BAC of 0.17 or more and your DUI arrest occurred prior to January 1, 2014), then you will likely be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle as part of the terms of your DUI conviction and probation.
- Whether you have any prior DUI convictions – If you have one prior DUI conviction within 5 years of your current DUI case, then you will likely be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for a period of two years.If your current DUI conviction is your third DUI, regardless of how much time has passed since your prior cases, you will also likely have to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for at least 2 years.
- Whether you submitted to chemical testing during your DUI stop – If you refused to submit to breath or blood testing during your DUI stop and you are ultimately convicted of drunk driving, then you will also likely be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for a period of 2 years.
Keep in mind that the terms of ignition interlock device installations will only begin after a person has endured the required driver’s license suspension (or revocation) in his case. In other words, if a person’s driver’s license has been suspended for a month or two, then he can only get an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle after he gets his driving privileges reinstated.
Q – What are the costs associated with ignition interlock devices?
A – When it comes to ignition interlock devices, there will be two costs people will need to be aware of. These include the installation costs and the monthly maintenance costs. While these costs will vary slightly from vendor to vendor, on average they will total between about $800 and $1,000 annually.
Here, it’s also important to point out that:
- The people convicted of DUI will be responsible for covering these costs themselves.
- Missing a monthly payment can result in a vendor stopping service on a device, and this could constitute a probation violation (depending, of course, on an individual’s case).
- There may be some financial assistance available through the Department of Revenue for first-time offenders.
Look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some additional ignition interlock device FAQs.
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