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Similar to a breathalyzer, an ignition interlock system requires a driver to blow into a device which is connected to the vehicle’s ignition. If the system detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle will not start.
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Being required to install an ignition interlock system on a driver’s vehicle depends on the charge. Those who are eligible include first-time DUI offenders with a BAC between .08 and .15, as well as a first-time chemical test refusal offense. However, an ignition interlock system is mandatory for those who had a BAC level of .15 or above on their first-time DUI offense, those who were arrested for their second or third DUI offense, and those who committed their second or third chemical test refusal offense.
While an ignition interlock system appears to be another form of penalty, having an this type of system installed in your vehicle enables your attorney to pursue a reduced license suspension and/or a hardship license, which enables a driver to operate their motor vehicle for the limited purpose of getting to and from work during their suspension.
It is important to understand that if you are found to be tampering with, circumventing, or otherwise misusing an ignition interlock system, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. This type of offense is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $1,000.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a DUI case, a chemical test refusal case, or the ability to obtain a hardship license, Attorney Thomasian can understand your situation and determine the most proper course of action in order to obtain the outcome you desire. Let him fight for you today.
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