A drunk driving offense in Minnesota will have significant impacts on one’s life. In addition to the potential for time behind bars, expensive fines and other consequences, it is possible one of the post-conviction requirements you may face is having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. If so, it is important that you know what to expect from this and how you can avoid issues with the post-conviction matter.
An ignition interlock device attaches to a vehicle, and a driver has to breathe into the machine. If the driver has any discernible alcohol in his or her system or more than the amount set by the court, the ignition interlock device will not allow the vehicle to start. If convicted of a DWI, one of the consequences you may face could include having one of these devices in your car for a specific period of time.
How does an ignition interlock device work?
The driver must blow into the mouthpiece of the ignition interlock for it to work. The driver will not be able to operate the vehicle without first taking this step. There are times when the ignition interlock may ask the driver to retest again, and these surprise tests are set at random intervals. If a driver fails a test before driving, he or she will not be able to drive. If he or she fails a test while driving, it will be necessary to pull the vehicle over because the engine will stop.
Ignition interlock devices have to be calibrated on a regular basis. If you have this requirement, you will be responsible for the costs associated with installing one of these devices and maintaining it. It will also be your responsibility to know how it works, what the court expects from you and other details about your DWI conviction.
Defend your interests
If you are facing charges of a DWI, you would be wise to start taking immediate steps to protect your interests. With a strong defense strategy, you may be able to avoid a conviction or mitigate some of the penalties you are up against, including the requirement of an ignition interlock device. As soon as possible after an arrest, you may want to take steps to discover some of the legal options available to you.