Having a DWI can seem like the worst thing in the world, especially when the court requires an ignition interlock device to be installed in your vehicle. The length of time these devices remain in your car can vary depending on the different facts of your case. For instance, if it is your first offense, you may be required to have the ignition interlock device for six months to one year. Subsequent offenses can require the device from one to three years. The device would be implemented after reinstatement of the suspended license or if you applied and were granted a restricted license, but it’s at the discretion of the judge.
The ignition interlock device is a great idea for people who really cannot live without driving. This would include someone with a long commute to work with no other accessible transportation. Even after the suspension period, or if the court just issues restricted driving, this device is a constant monitor ensuring that the person is following the court order.
It’s installed into your vehicle and it requires a breath before it will allow the car to turn on. It also requires random tests throughout the drive. Contrary to the assumption that supplying a sample while the car is in motion is dangerous, a failed breath test will not shut the engine off. Instead, the device monitors the failed breath test or failed to take the breath test when required. The device records dates, times, test results, engine runs, and engine offs. In New Jersey, it’s required that you have the ignition interlock device serviced every eight weeks by the provider. They will receive the information from the device and present a report to the court. If there are any violations or failures to take the test, you may be subject to additional penalties. Even if you have a valid excuse (like if someone else was driving your car for instance), the court is likely not to take that into consideration.
The installation of this device is done through an authorized agency and the installation costs you about $100. There is a monthly cost as well, anywhere between $50 and $100, but the prices can vary depending on which company you use. If you are ordered to use the device for six months, you could be paying $700 to drive, plus any additional costs that may come with maintenance or for the appointments to get your device serviced.
It is your responsibility to keep up with the device; if your vehicle
has to be serviced, you must let the provider know prior to taking the car to a shop. You must also present a receipt to the provider as proof of the service at your next scheduled meeting.
The aftermath of a DWI charge can be scary and devastating, especially if you are facing the charge without the representation of an attorney. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, call me, defense attorney David C. Barry, today at (732) 238-8686. I have the experience you need to work with and help you fight against your DWI.