What is the Purpose of an Ignition Interlock Device in New York?

New York takes DWIs very seriously. There are several consequences of receiving a DWI. One of them is the need to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The court will determine how long you will need the device installed. If you are facing a charge for a DWI, it is in your best interest to reach out to our experienced New York criminal defense attorneys to learn more about ignition interlock devices and how we can help you fight your charges.

What does an ignition interlock device do?

If you were charged with a DWI and you were required to install an ignition interlock device in your car, you will have to provide a sample of your breath into the device every time you start your car. If you blow into the device with a blood alcohol concentration above .025%, your car will not start. Additionally, as you are driving, the device may ask you to provide breath samples during the course of your drive. If you fail to provide a breath sample when requested, an alarm will sound and make you pull over.

It is important to note that these devices are taken seriously and most of them have cameras installed on them so that another person cannot provide the breath sample for you. In the event that you attempt to provide a breath sample that is not yours, it is highly likely that you will get caught. Additionally, if a passenger is caught helping the driver pass the breath test, he or she will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Contact our firm today if you have questions regarding the ignition interlock device.

Will I have to install an interlock device on my car if I was convicted of a DWI?

New York takes DWIs very seriously. If you were caught drinking and driving, even if it is your first offense, you will likely be required to install an interlock device within 10 days of your conviction and at your own cost. You will then have to let the court know that you installed the device within three days of the installation.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the installation process of the interlock device or how to notify the court, do not hesitate to contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys to learn more.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.