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Will I Get an Ignition Interlock Device for a DWI in New York?

Many penalties come with a DWI conviction. Namely, there is the potential of a license suspension, hefty fines, and a jail sentence. What’s more, is that you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Follow along to find out how this device can impact your day-to-day life and how a proficient Spring Valley DWI defense attorney of The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can prep you for what lies ahead.

What is an ignition interlock device?

Put simply, the purpose of an ignition interlock device is to discourage you from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol ever again. Essentially, it requires you to provide breath samples before you start your vehicle, and even randomly during your trip, to ensure that your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is below a specific limit.

Having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle is not only humiliating, but it can be costly. That is, you will have to have this installed in your vehicle at your own cost.

What happens if I blow a BAC above the legal limit with an ignition interlock device in my vehicle?

Notably, New York State’s BAC legal limit is 0.08%. However, if you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, your BAC level will have to be below 0.025%. Otherwise, your vehicle will not start.

In addition, the device will require you to provide breath samples at random times during your trip. If you fail to do so, an alarm will sound off and you will be demanded to pull over to provide a sample. Oftentimes, these devices are equipped with cameras, so you will not be able to get away with having a passenger provide a breath sample for you. If your passenger is caught doing so, they may be facing a Class A misdemeanor penalty.

How long do I have to install an ignition interlock device in my vehicle?

Evidently, New York State takes a no-nonsense approach when dealing with DWI convictions. With this, you will likely be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle even if you receive a first-offense DWI. You will have to install this device within 10 days of your conviction, and then notify the New York courts that you installed the device within three days of doing so.

Because this is taken so seriously, you must employ a talented Rockland County criminal defense attorney that will ensure you are fully abiding by your court orders. We may even be able to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties placed against you. Give us a call today.


Attorney Conway is a Spring Valley criminal attorney and is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation today.

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