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December, 19 2017
Ignition Interlock Devices: The Differences

Ignition interlock devices are nothing new to the world, they are just a little less known. With the rise in DUI convictions, it should be no surprise that they are starting to get more and more attention. However, most people only know the standard device. It’s the one everyone thinks of when they think about these gadgets. But, they aren’t the only ones that exist. They aren’t even the only ones that are required in conviction cases. You can read more about ignition interlock devices here.

Standard Ignition Interlock Devices

These devices are probably the ones you think of on these occasions. States require these devices to prevent a driver from being able to operate a vehicle if they have been drinking. It requires a breath sample to start the car and occasionally thereafter. It will prevent the person from driving if they have a sample that exceeds .02-.025 percent blood alcohol concentration. This comes to about one drink per person if that person is around one hundred and fifty pounds. There is also the factors of time and metabolism. These are all things that need to be taken into consideration. However, because these calculations don’t tend to take place before someone gets into a car, there are plenty of problems with drunk driving.

Ignition Interlock Devices with Camera

These are a newer version that has been seen as a good solution to some of the problems that come with using a standard ignition interlock device. Virginia is one state that has the mandate that this is the only device an offender may use. These devices take a photo during each test to ensure that the person who is giving the sample is the offender. There have been stories of people who drink too much and have someone blow into their ignition interlock device for them. Of course, this helps no one and can only cause danger. This is why more states are starting to lean towards an ignition interlock device that has a camera integrated into it.

Ignition Interlock Devices with GPS

These ignition interlock devices have an integrated GPS tracker and tend to be mandated for anyone who has location restrictions. This is the most recent innovation and New York now requires them. While these might not be as common, they are still useful. While these devices are intended to control the location of the offender, they can also add information available on the person. If there is a problem with the device reading the blood alcohol content, the GPS will also show if they have been to a bar. Or if they are also a registered sexual offender, it will provide information that may send them back to prison for a violation.

Ignition Interlock Devices and Courts

The majority of courts have a stipulation regarding the ignition interlock device that you have to use. When there is no stipulation, that means you have to at least have the standard ignition interlock device, but the others will be fine if you want to talk to the court about it. They will let you know how often you have to check in with the courts and any information you need about keeping in contact. Otherwise, a lot of times the device is the check-in you need; unless you have probation and a contact for that obligation.

Fighting Your Charges

Ignition interlock devices tend to be something that isn’t needed after the first offense, but maybe the second or after. If you are worried about needing one, you might need an attorney. They can walk you through your case and what to expect. These devices can be an inconvenience, but not as large an inconvenience as having multiple DUI/DWI convictions on your record. This will affect your future and permanently. Losing your case isn’t a chance you want to take, so having an attorney who is familiar with these cases is the most important part of your case. If you hire someone who doesn’t know about this focus of the law, they won’t know how to defend you. Someone with a lot of experience can build you a strong case and keep the damage to a minimum. And, at this stage, that is the best you can hope for.

After you’ve had your first offense, the best you can hop for is minimal prison time and lower fines. These are things that have to be negotiated after the case has played its course. And this is where experience in DUI/DWI law becomes important. Yes, you want an attorney who is going to present a strong case and get you the best deal. But, once a judges make a verdict, the negotiations for the sentence are going to begin. And this isn’t the back and forth of a deal. This is something that the judge is going to determine in your case. You can start your search here.

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