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Will I have to use the ignition interlock device for a DUI in California?

In California, a person convicted of a DUI can face very serious consequences. Certain consequences can include fines, surcharges, mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses, and jail time. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, the court may also require the installation of an ignition interlock device. This can be humiliating, which is why most people charged with DWIs wonder if they’ll have to install one. Continue reading below to learn more about this device and contact an experienced Tehama County DUI lawyer for help with your case. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is an ignition interlock device?

If a person is convicted of a DUI in New Jersey, the court may require an ignition interlock device to be installed in their vehicle. This device connects to the steering column and requires the individual to blow a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of less than 0.05%. If they do not, the vehicle will not start. This protects those on the road by making sure people cannot start their vehicles if they are too intoxicated to drive. It is important to note the device also prevents other people from blowing into the device on behalf of an intoxicated person. This is because additional breaths must be given while the vehicle is in motion otherwise the vehicle will issue a warning and set off an alarm until the vehicle stops.

When will the device be installed?

When a driver is convicted of their first DUI with a BAC over .15%, they may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed. In fact, even a DUI with a BAC of .08% or higher may warrant the installation and use of the device. A driver may also need to have it installed if they refused a breathalyzer test. Additionally, if you are a repeat DUI offender or you were driving while intoxicated and caused injury to another person, you will have to install and use the device in your vehicle. The duration of your required time with the ignition interlock device will vary based on your crime and any other aggravating factors, such as repeat offenses.

If you have any further questions about the ignition interlock device, whether you may have to install one, and how our firm can help if you are currently facing DUI charges, simply contact Cohen Criminal Law online or pick up the phone and give us a call today. We are here to fight for your future, every step of the way.