Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey| What to Know

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DWI charges carry heavy consequences. If you are convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, you may need to install an ignition interlock device. Read on to learn more about ignition interlock devices, how they work, and when they need to be installed.

How Do I Know if I Will Recieve an Ignition Interlock Device?

If you have been convicted of a first-offense DWI with a BAC over .08%, you may have to install an Ignition Interlock Device in your car for at least three months. This timeframe will likely become even longer if you were arrested with a BAC higher than .10% or .15%. You may also be required to install and use the Ignition Interlock Device if you refused to submit to chemical testing upon being pulled over for suspected drunk driving.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

Often, when people are convicted of DWIs in New Jersey, the courts will demand that they install an Ignition Interlock Device in their vehicles. The device connects to the steering column in the vehicle and requires the convicted individual to blow into the IID to test his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If their BAC is over 0.05%, the vehicle will not start. In order to ensure that another individual does not take the test on behalf of the convicted individual, once the car is in motion, it will require the driver to take additional intermittent breaths into the device. If the driver fails to do so or blows above the legal limit, the device will record it, issue a warning and set off an alarm until the vehicle has been stopped.

It is important to note that the installation of an ignition interlock device is just one of the many consequences you may face for a DWI. If you are facing DWI charges, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our firm understands that people make mistakes and we will fight to have your charges reduced.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves on our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.

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