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RI Ignition Interlock Device Attorney

Rhode Island Ignition Interlock Laws

If you are faced with DUI charges and the possibility of installing an ignition interlock system, Tom is a trusted RI DUI lawyer with the comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience to understand and explain every legal option you have in your pending DUI and/or refusal case. Do not hesitate to get the legal help that is necessary to get you back on your feet.

The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. is dedicated to serving clients located in Providence County, Kent County, Washington County, and Newport County.

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How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

The IID is connected directly to the ignition. The driver is required to provide a breath sample. If the device detects any alcohol in the driver’s system, then the car will not start. The driver will also need to provide breath samples at intervals during the trip. The results of each test, as well, will also be logged. The judge and caseworkers can review these results at any given time, and will usually do so periodically.

Qualifications for an Ignition Interlock System

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, the laws in RI impose the installation of the IID on the following:

  • habitual offenders or whose blood-alcohol content was twice above the legal limit
  • those who had a BAC level of .15% or above on their first-time DUI offense
  • 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.

Ignition Interlock System Cost in RI

The person convicted of a DUI will also be responsible for paying for the costs of installing the IID. Essentially, the person is “leasing” the IID for however long the restriction lasts. There is the initial cost of installation, monthly fees, and there is also the cost of removing the device once the sentence has been served. The costs add up quickly, and may cost the driver at least $1, 000 a year.

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.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding a DUI case, a chemical test refusal case, or the ability to obtain a hardship license, Tom 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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