DUIs and Ignition Interlock Devices – FAQs (Pt. 2)
Picking up from where we left off in DUIs and Ignition Interlock Devices – FAQs (Pt. 1), below are some more answers to questions that commonly pop up when people may be facing the possibility of having ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles as part of their DUI case.
Keep in mind that the following information is general in nature and that you are advised to contact the Littleton DUI defense lawyers at Knight and Moses for more specific information about your case and your rights.
Q: What are the new changes to the law regarding ignition interlock devices for DUIs?
A: Some of the most significant changes that have gone into effect for ignition interlock devices in DUI cases as of January 1, 2014 are as follows:
- Drivers who have been convicted of DUI and had BACs of 0.15 or greater must have ignition interlocks installed on their vehicles.
- Drivers who refuse chemical testing during DUI stops taking place after January 1, 2014 will be required to have ignition interlocks if they are ultimately convicted of DUI.
- Some drivers who are required to have ignition interlocks installed on their vehicles may be eligible for financial assistance to cover the costs of installing and maintaining these devices.
Q: How long do I have to have an ignition interlock on my car?
A: The length of the requirement for ignition interlocks will depend on a number of different factors, some of which will include:
- A person’s BAC in the DUI case (if it’s his first DUI conviction)
- Whether the individual has prior DUI convictions
- Whether the individual refused chemical testing during his DUI stop.
Generally speaking, the length of these requirements can be anywhere from 8 months to 2 years, with time frames being extended if a person violates his probation and/or fails to comply with the terms of having an ignition interlock devices installed on his vehicle.
Q: How much to ignition interlock devices cost?
A: Again, it depends. Different authorized vendors that install/maintain these devices will have different fees, and there may be additional fees if people miss payments. Generally, however, the annual cost for maintaining ignition interlock devices is between $800 and $1,000.
Stay posted for the upcoming conclusion to this blog.
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