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What Does the Ignition Interlock Device Do?

If you are caught driving while intoxicated in the state of New Jersey, there is a good chance you may face criminal penalties including the installation and use of an ignition interlock device. Our firm understands that a DWI charge has long-lasting effects that may follow you for years. You cannot afford to fight these charges alone. Reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney today to learn how we will fight for your rights in court. Continue reading to learn more about ignition interlock devices and how our firm will assist you in the legal process ahead.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is required for certain individuals who have been convicted of a DWI. The device requires its users to provide a breath sample into the device every time they start their vehicle. Individuals will not be able to start their car if they blow into the device with a blood alcohol content of above .025%. As they drive, the device will require the driver to continuously and sporadically provide breath samples. Failure to provide a breath sample will result in an alarm being sounded and the device will demand that they pull over. These devices will also often have a camera which will prevent drivers from having a passenger provide a breath sample. If a passenger is caught attempting to help a driver, they may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. It is also a Class A misdemeanor if you are caught driving without a court-ordered ignition device.

Will I have to install an ignition interlock device?

It is common for ignition interlock devices to be a part of your sentence even if this is your first DWI charge. You will have 10 days to install your ignition interlock device and three days from the installation to notify the courts.

If you are facing charges that require the installation of an ignition interlock device, reach out to our criminal defense firm to learn how we can defend clients such as you. Our experienced criminal defense legal team will fight to have your charges mitigated or even dropped. Give our firm a call today to learn how about how we can assist you. We understand how these charges can follow you for years to come. We are here to help.


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.

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