Will I Have to Get an Ignition Interlock Device in my Car For a DWI in New York State?

In New York State, if you are convicted of driving while intoxicated, there is a very good chance you will face various criminal penalties, one of them being the installation and use of the ignition interlock device. A DWI has long-lasting effects that may follow you for years to come, which is why you cannot fight your charge alone. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about the ignition interlock device and how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What does the ignition interlock device do?

The ignition interlock device is designed to prevent individuals from driving under the influence. Essentially, once you have installed an ignition interlock device, your car’s engine will not start unless you can provide a breath sample with a BAC under .025%. Additionally, the device will require you to blow at random until you reach your destination. If you fail to provide a sample when the device asks, an alarm will go off and demand you pull over and provide a sample. You should note that some of these devices also have cameras, and can tell if someone is assisting you. It is also worth noting that driving without a court-ordered ignition device and helping someone intoxicated bypass the device are both Class A misdemeanors and may warrant up to one year in jail.

Will I have to install an ignition interlock device in my car?

Very often, ignition interlock devices will be a part of your sentence, even if it is only your first DWI offense. Once convicted, you will have 10 days to install the IID, and from there, you will have three days from the installation to notify the courts. Our firm understands that ignition interlock devices are both embarrassing and a hassle, which is why we have been fighting to defend clients just like you for years. Do not wait. The sooner you bring your case to our attention, the better. We will fight to have your charges mitigated, or, in some cases, completely dropped. We are ready to fight for your rights–all you have to do is ask.

Contact our experienced New York firm

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.