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Ignition Interlock Devices

Information from a Proven Rockland County DWI Lawyer

Since the passing of "Leandra's Law" in 2009, every New York driver convicted of a misdemeanor or felony DWI since August 15, 2010, has had to deal with ignition interlock devices as part of their penalties (this also applies to out-of-state drivers convicted of DWI in the State of New York). These devices must be installed for the duration of the offender's probation or conditional discharge, which, depending on the offense and the driver's history, can be anywhere from one to five years. Even more concerning for those accused: failure to install and maintain the device can result in further penalties.

If you are a driver that has been arrested for a DWI offense, maximum penalties can be avoided. At my firm, the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz, I bring my insight and experience as a former prosecutor to my clients' cases. Those who trust in my firm can rest assured that their rights will be protected and that the best possible outcome of their case will be tirelessly and assuredly pursued.

You may not have to settle for a guilty plea. Contact my firm to explore you defense options today.

How Ignition Interlock Devices Work

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) are basically breathalyzer devices that are installed in your car. Drivers must blow into the device and register a blood alcohol content level of 0.024 or lower. If they do not, their car will not start and they will be prevented from driving.

Some key points to know about ignition interlock devices:

  • On longer drives, the IID may prompt mid-trip tests.
  • A reading of 0.025 or higher reading will trigger a second test.
  • If the second test is missed/failed, you have five calendar days to have your car serviced or it will become inoperable.
  • If a convicted driver is found driving without an IID, they can be penalized with up to one year in jail.
  • Many IIDs are equipped with cameras to prevent others from taking the breath test on behalf of the convicted driver.
  • Anyone found assisting a driver by taking an IID breath test is also subject to a penalty of up to one year in jail.

IID installation and maintenance costs are an out-of-pocket expense for the convicted.

Why Dedicated, Proven Defense is Essential

As you can see, an IID is a tremendous interruption to one's life. Not only are these devices a significant cost and inconvenience, but can result in additional DWI penalties years after your sentencing. That is why it is so essential to retain an effective DWI defense attorney following a DWI charge. Whether you need a robust courtroom strategy to fight for a dismissal, or emphatic advocacy to reduce any unavoidable penalties, I have the experience, knowledge, and diligence to ensure you are given every consideration under the law.

Don't hesitate to start your defense. Use my case evaluation form or call 845-638-9200 to get in contact with my office today.

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