If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), there is the possibility that the judge will order you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) before restoring your driving privileges. This device is used to prevent you from starting your vehicle if you have alcohol on your breath. Learning more about this device and when it may be ordered in your situation can be helpful.
When will you be ordered to use an IID in New Jersey?
After your first DUI charge, you may be ordered to have an interlock device installed on all vehicles you operate regularly for up to six months, but not more than one year. After a second conviction within 10 years of the first, the court will order the installation of this device for one to three years. The same applies to any further offenses within 10 years.
How does an IID work?
The device works by measuring the blood alcohol content in your breath. If it is detected, then you will be unable to start your vehicle. Usually, there is a lock-out period to keep the vehicle from starting for a certain amount of time after a failed test. Additionally, the lock-out period usually gets longer with every failed test that you have.
Protecting your rights after a DUI charge
When it comes to DUI charges, there are many factors to consider. If a judge has ordered an IID for your vehicle, be sure to abide by the ruling. You can also explore your legal rights to determine if there are any steps you can take to minimize the penalties that you face.