An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer device that is wired to the ignition of your vehicle. Therefore, in order to start your automobile a driver must blow into the device to ensure a person is free of alcohol. In addition, once a vehicle is being driven periodic tests will be required.
Individuals that are required to have an ignition interlock device have been convicted of multiple DUI offenses. A court will likely order the installation of an ignition interlock device because an individual has not demonstrated the ability to drive free of alcohol.
Most ignition interlocking devices have a sound identification requirement. Therefore, in order for the device to begin operating it must be given a voice command. These voice commands are very difficult to replicate. The driver of the vehicle must be the person that gives the command to activate the device and blow into it.
The ignition interlocking device is meant to alert law enforcement of a failure to pass the breathalyzer test. Therefore, a cars horn, lights, brakes, etc may be turned on to alert various law enforcement officials. Many people choose not to attempt to trick the device because it could bring great embarrassment.
Most states required the installation and payment of the device by the DUI offender. Therefore, in order to have driving privileges the DUI offender must pay for the installation and maintenance of the ignition interlock device.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can be extremely helpful in DUI cases. These defense attorneys can help to evaluate the evidence against a suspect and determine whether the field sobriety tests were administered correctly. In addition, experienced criminal defense attorneys might be able to reduce any penalties imposed on first time offenders.