Ignition interlocks are devices installed on vehicles to prevent them from being operated if the driver has any alcohol in his system. While these devices require drivers to provide breath samples in order to start their vehicles, drivers will also periodically have to breathe into these devices as the vehicle is being driven. If ignition interlocks detect any alcohol in a driver’s system when a breath sample is provided, the vehicle will not start, and the authorities will typically be alerted about this failed attempt to start the car.
According to Colorado law, ignition interlock devices are mandatory for some people who have been convicted of DUIs when specific circumstances apply to their cases. Because the statutes governing the mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices in Colorado have changed as of January 1, 2014, here and in a few upcoming parts of this blog, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding ignition interlocks for DUI cases.
If you have questions not answered in this blog and/or are facing DUI charges, don’t hesitate to contact the Littleton DUI defense lawyers at Knight and Moses for help with your case.
Q: When are ignition interlocks mandatory?
A: If you have been convicted of a DUI offense in Colorado, the following circumstances will generally mandate that you have an ignition interlock device installed on all of the vehicles that you drive:
- A first DUI conviction in which the person had a BAC of 0.17 or greater (if that DUI conviction occurred before January 1, 2014)
- A second Per Se DUI conviction within a person’s lifetime
- A second DUI conviction within 5 years
- A third (or fourth, etc.) DUI conviction within a lifetime.
The length of time that these devices are required in a person’s vehicles can range from 1 to 2 or more years, depending on the specifics of that individual’s DUI case and/or history of DUI convictions.
Look for our upcoming second and third parts of this blog for some more answers to commonly asked questions about ignition interlock devices in DUI cases.
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If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI or with any crime, it will be critical that you have an experienced defense lawyer on your side in order to ensure the best possible outcome to your case. The skilled Littleton DUI and criminal defense lawyers at Knight and Moses focus exclusively on state and federal criminal defense, and we specialize in both misdemeanor and felony cases. We strive to obtain the best possible resolution for our clients’ criminal cases using innovative as well as time-tested strategies.
Our unflinching commitment to our clients, as well as our extensive legal knowledge and experience, allow us to consistently build our clients the strongest possible defense so they can resolve their cases as favorably and efficiently as possible.
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