What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

Recently, New Jersey has modified the penalties for a first-offense DWI in the state. Instead of suspending individuals’ licenses for three months or more, the penalties now center more around the mandatory installation and use of the Ignition Interlock Device. The hope is that the new laws will prevent first time offenders from losing their jobs due to lengthy suspensions, and instead effectively deter them from driving while intoxicated.

That being said, a DWI will still drastically increase your insurance premiums and cause you several other problems that may follow you for years down the road. That is why if you are someone who has recently been charged with a DWI, you must read on and reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about DWIs, ignition interlock devices, and how we can help you fight your charges. Here are some of the questions you may have about ignition interlock devices:

What does an ignition interlock device do?

Essentially, the ignition interlock device works by requiring individuals to blow into a breathalyzer-type device before they are allowed to start their cars. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, you will not be allowed to start the car.

Where do I get an ignition interlock device?

Ignition interlock devices can be installed at various locations. There is a good chance you will have a local auto-related service shop in your area that can install the ignition interlock device, at your own cost. Generally, these devices will need recalibration as time goes on, and you will have to schedule appointments for said recalibration either every 30, 60, or 90 days.

Rather obviously, the ignition interlock device is embarrassing, costly, and a hassle, which is why if you are someone who has been charged with a DWI, you must speak with our experienced New Jersey firm as soon as you possibly can. We have been helping individuals just like you fight DWI charges for years, which is why we are confident that we are your best shot at beating a DWI. Time is of the essence–do not delay.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Our firm proudly represents clients in New Jersey who are faced with matters of family law, criminal defense, business law, real estate law, or estate planning. If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.