Driving under the influence of alcohol poses severe risks to everyone on the road. However, this is a choice many make daily. If convicted of driving while intoxicated, you could be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle to retain your privileges. When you are facing or convicted of a DWI, knowing what to expect is essential. Keep reading to learn how much an ignition interlock device can cost, and discover how a New City DWI defense attorney can help you navigate these charges.
What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock is a device that those convicted of a DWI must install in their vehicle in New York. The device is a mini breathalyzer, and the driver must provide a breath sample before they are allowed to start the car.
These devices consist of a small handheld device, mouthpiece, and cord that transmits the information to the car. If you provide a breath sample containing alcohol, your vehicle will not start. It is also likely that you must install a camera in the car to prevent having a sober individual produce a sample so you can turn on your vehicle.
How Expensive Are They?
These devices can range in cost depending on a variety of factors.
In New York, the cost of a device can depend on how long you must install an interlock device, the kind of vehicle you have, and the retailer you choose for the device.
Generally, you will cover the cost of installation, removal, and the monthly fee for these devices. You may also invest in a protection plan that covers any necessary repairs. Traditionally, the cost of installation and removal ranges from $70-$150, and the monthly fee can be anywhere from $95-$130 in New York.
For example, a first-time offender convicted of a DWI must install this device for a minimum of six months following their license suspension. After paying the initial installation fee, a minimum of six months’ worth of payments, and the removal of the device, you can expect to pay an estimated $1,000 for the entire process. However, this is only the price of one vehicle. If you drive multiple cars, you must repeat this process on each vehicle you will drive during the length of the mandatory installation period.
What Should I Do if I’m Facing a DWI Charge?
If arrested for a DWI in New York, the most essential thing you must do is contact an experienced New York criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are a number of issues you can expect to face, including the financial burden of installing an ignition interlock on your vehicle.
At the Law Offices of Kevin T. Conway, we will do everything possible to explore every possible avenue to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Contact us today to learn more about how our dedicated legal team can help you during this time.