What to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey

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If you are charged with a DWI, you will face a series of consequences. One of these consequences may include an ignition interlock device. It is important to know about DWIs and their penalties. Read on to learn more about ignition interlock devices in New Jersey and what to do if you are charged with a DWI.

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

Often, when people are convicted of DWIs in New Jersey, the courts will demand that they install an Ignition Interlock Device in their vehicles. Essentially, 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 you take additional intermittent breaths into the device. If you fail to do so or blow above the legal limit, the device will record it, issue a warning and set off an alarm until you have fully stopped the vehicle.

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 will most likely have to install an Ignition Interlock Device in your car for at least three months. This timeframe may 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.

If you are facing charges for a DWI in New Jersey, you will need to retain the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm is here to advocate for you and explore all possible avenues of defense. Contact our firm today to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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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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