What to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in NJ

When an individual is pulled over by law enforcement and they have a blood alcohol content that is over .15%, they may be required by law to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles as one of the many consequences of their DUI in New Jersey. This device is installed in an attempt to combat drunk driving incidents. Continue reading to learn more about ignition interlock devices in New Jersey. Reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been recently charged with a DUI.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is installed in vehicles to combat drinking and driving. These devices are typically required for individuals who are facing certain DWI charges. These individuals will be required to use the ignition interlock device for a certain amount of time depending on a number of factors regarding their charges. Some of the factors that will be considered include your BAC at the time of your DUI, your previous charges, and more.

An ignition interlock device requires the driver to take a breathalyzer test each time they start their car. If your BAC reads a level of .05% or higher, the car will not start. The device will need to be installed on any car the individual operates, especially if they do not own a car themselves. It is also required for the individual to pay for the installation and other expenses related to the device.

What criteria must my device meet in New Jersey?

The ignition interlock device must meet the following criteria which are enforced by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission:

  • The device requires a label warning of civil liability or prosecution for anyone who tampers with the device
  • The device must be able to detect a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent
  • The device must be installed at a service center designated by the Motor Vehicle Commission
  • The device must be serviced every 67 days

If you are required to install an ignition interlock device and are facing a DWI charge in New Jersey, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro is prepared to advocate for you. We will explore all possible avenues of defense. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.

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