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Although most drivers are well-aware of the dangers of driving under the influence (DUI), thousands of individuals across the nation are arrested for drunk driving each year.
As one of the most severe offenses a driver can commit, the punishments for a DUI conviction are also quite serious. In addition to losing your driving privileges, you may be sentenced to jail time, fined thousands of dollars in legal fees, and required to undergo alcohol counseling. In addition, if you have one or more prior DUI convictions on your record, the court may order you to have a DUI ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Imagine every time you attempted to start your automobile, you had to perform a breath test in order for the vehicle to operate. It’s a humiliating prospect, isn’t it? Well, if an ignition interlock device is part of your DUI sentence, that’s exactly what you will face each time you get behind the wheel.
Designed to prevent offenders from committing additional DUI offenses, ignition interlock devices measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. The mechanism must be professionally installed into your vehicle’s electrical system and, once activated, you will have to complete a breath test each time you attempt to start the vehicle. To do this, you must blow into a small tube located on your dashboard. The tube is attached to a meter that, in turn, analyzes your breath to determine whether you have recently consumed alcohol.
If your breath test shows no signs of alcohol use, you will be able to start your vehicle. However, depending on the terms of your sentence, you may have to repeat the test while you are driving, as many ignition interlock devices are programmed to perform rolling tests every few minutes (this is to prevent you from having another person perform the test for you).
On the other hand, if the device detects even the smallest amount of alcohol on your breath, your ignition will lock and you will be unable to operate the vehicle. The results of your test will also be reported to the court and you will likely face additional penalties as a result.
In addition to the inconvenience of having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, you will also be responsible for the financial burden that comes with it. Along with an initial installation fee ranging from $50 to $200, you may be charged a monthly rental fee of $75 or more. Furthermore, you will also be responsible for its upkeep, which typically includes performing a monthly service check—which yet again will cost you.
Fortunately, just because you have been charged with DUI does not mean you will be convicted. With the right legal representation, you may be able to avoid the humiliating consequences of a DUI conviction.
Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in your area today to discuss defense strategies for your case.
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