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Do I have to install in ignition interlock device on my car?

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2021 | DWI

There are many penalties associated with an arrest or conviction on a driving while impaired charge. For many Minnesota residents, one such penalty is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. Who has to do this? 

Current state laws 

State laws regarding the installation of an ignition interlock device date back some time, but the most recent laws came into effect in July 2011. According to current laws, there are several reasons a person may be required to install an ignition interlock device on their car. They include 

  • Having more than one DWI on record in 10 years  
  • Driving while impaired with a minor in the car 
  • Refusing to comply with sobriety testing 
  • Having a blood alcohol concentration of .16% or higher at the time of arrest 

Of course, one may voluntarily install this device on their vehicle. A person may wish to do this if they want to avoid having their license suspended. Otherwise, there is a standard license revocation period after any DWI arrest.  

Need help with a DWI charge? 

Minnesota residents who are facing DWI charges can help themselves by seeking assistance addressing the charges as soon as possible. Legal counsel may be able to help one have charges dismissed, or at least reduced. One’s attorney may encourage the voluntary installation of an ignition interlock device or may fight the need to install one. Every case is different, and with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, one can achieve the outcome that best benefits one’s particular circumstances.