What is the Purpose of an Ignition Interlock Device in New Jersey?

New Jersey takes DWIs very seriously. Because of that, the penalties can be extensive. One of the most common consequences of a DWI is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you were charged with a DWI, do not hesitate to reach out to our skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to discuss your options.

What does an ignition interlock device do in New Jersey?

An ignition interlock device is a device installed on a vehicle. An individual will need to put an ignition interlock device on their car if they have been charged with a DWI. This device requires that you provide a breath sample before you start your vehicle. If the device detects that your breath sample is above the blood alcohol concentration above .05%, the car will not start. Additionally, if you fail to provide a breath sample when required, the device will sound an alarm making you pull over.

These devices are taken seriously and any violation can result in severe penalties. If you attempt to use another person’s breath on behalf of yourself, the consequences will be devastating.

Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm if you are facing a DWI charge. Our experienced legal team is prepared to fight for you and your future.

Do I have to install an ignition interlock device?

You will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device if you have been charged with a first offense DWI with a blood alcohol concentration over .15%. You may also have to install a device if you have refused a breathalyzer test. For a first offense DWI, the device must be installed after the driver’s license has been reinstated for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.

If the motorist’s blood alcohol concentration is lower than .15%, then the court will decide on whether or not an ignition interlock device is needed.

Individuals facing a second DWI charge may have to install the device for one to three years after their license is reinstated. This rule also pertains to drivers with third convictions or the refusal of a breathalyzer test.

If you have not installed a device when required to do so, the court can order another year of license suspension. If you were charged with a DWI and are facing harsh consequences, please reach out to our firm today.

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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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