Ignition Interlock Devices for West Chester DUI
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
Upon being convicted of a DUI/OVI in Ohio, a court can require a driver to install an ignition interlock device in their car. It is a machine which connects a breath analyzer to a vehicle’s ignition system to monitor the concentration of alcohol in the breath of any person trying to start the vehicle.
The main purpose is to deter any person who has a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit from starting the vehicle, unless they provide an adequate breath sample. There are some models available which requires the driver to provide a breath sample while the vehicle is running to prevent drinking while driving.
Ignition Interlock Device Requirements
A judge can order any driver to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle if he or she has been convicted of a DUI/OVI, even if it’s their first offense. If a person is convicted of a second DUI/OVI offense within a six-year period, it’s mandatory to install an ignition interlock device. Subsequent offenses will require the device to be installed. The amount of time in which the device will be required for your vehicle depends on several circumstances, such as your blood alcohol content upon your arrest.
In addition to installing the device, you are subject to serve jail time and pay fines. Charges for installation and removal of device typically costs between $200 to $300.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI/OVI and hope to avoid using an ignition interlock device, you best option is to contest the DUI/OVI charge with the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney. With over 45 years of combined experience, our West Chester legal team has successfully handled thousands of cases. Having a qualified criminal defense lawyer by your side will improve your chances of getting the charges against you reduced or even dismissed.