Do Have To use An Ignition Interlock Device?

Getting arrested on suspicion of DUI/DWI can result in a wide range of consequences. Not only might you face prison time, hefty fines, and loss or suspension of your driver's license, but you could also be forced to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Your driving privileges will be restricted so that you can legally only drive vehicles with functioning interlock devices.

You will be responsible for all costs associated with installing and maintaining the ignition interlock device. Depending on your circumstances, you could be required to have an interlock device for up to seven years. Failing to install the device could result in further restriction, suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.

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How Do Interlocks Work?

An ignition interlock device is essentially a portable Breathalyzer attached to your car. It works by requiring you to blow into it every time you start the car. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the preset limit — which can range from .04 down to .00 — you will not be able to drive the car.

Some devices will also conduct spontaneous "rolling tests," requiring you to blow into the device while the vehicle is underway. Blowing over the limit will cause the car's lights to blink and horn to honk until you pull over and turn the car off.

Blowing over the limit into an interlock device will generate a report. The police or court may receive this report, which could result in heightened penalties on your driver's license or institution of a stayed sentence.

Who Is Required To Install An Ignition Interlock?

North Carolina law requires those convicted of certain DUI/DWI and related offenses to install ignition interlock devices. These include:

  • Repeat offenses
  • Offenses involving .15 blood alcohol content or higher
  • Manslaughter or negligent homicide involving DUI/DWI

An experienced defense lawyer can help you analyze the potential penalties in your case.

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If you are facing charges for a serious DUI/DWI offense that might result in the imposition of an ignition interlock device, it is important to make sure that your rights are protected. Your driving privileges and other important liberties may be on the line. In Charlotte, drunk driving defense attorneys Greg Plumides and John Cacheris both have more than two decades of experience handling these cases. You can turn to Plumides, Romano, Johnson & Cacheris, PC for aggressive and strategic representation.

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