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Skillful Fredericksburg, Virginia DWI Lawyers Advise Clients About Ignition Interlock Device Issues

Helping you understand conditions applying to restricted driving if you are convicted of DUI

One consequence of a DWI conviction in Virginia is the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed on your vehicle. An ignition interlock is a device that connects your vehicle’s ignition system to an analyzer that tests your blood alcohol content (BAC). The device prevents you from starting your vehicle if your BAC is higher than 0.02 percent. An ignition interlock device also has the ability to test your BAC on a rolling basis at random intervals during operation of your vehicle. If you fail a rolling test, or do not take a rolling test, your horn sounds and lights flash. Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law can explain more about the laws concerning this device.

Since the law was changed in 2012, an ignition interlock device is mandatory for all convicted offenders, regardless of their blood alcohol content at the time of their arrest. Previously, only those with BACs substantially higher than 0.08 percent were required to have the device installed.

Courts had the discretion to require an ignition interlock device for lower BACs, but that discretion has now been replaced by a mandate. This means that even first offenses for DWI, regardless of BAC, require that you have a device installed on your primary vehicle for a minimum of six months. The cost associated with having a device installed includes an installation fee and monthly visits to an installation service center. These can total approximately $600 for a six-month period. If you fail to have the device installed or violate any other condition of your restricted driving privileges, your license is revoked for one year.

If you have a second, third or subsequent DUI conviction within 10 years, the court requires that an ignition interlock device be installed on every vehicle you own, co-own or operate, not just your primary vehicle.

At Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law we understand the legal requirements related to installation and use of an ignition interlock device for DWI convictions. Our attorneys spend the time necessary to explain these and other legal requirements in detail, including your implied consent to a breath test after a DUI arrest. We want individuals represented by our firm to understand the obligations imposed upon them in the event of a conviction. Our knowledge and experience also allow us to defend you if you are charged with violating the requirements related to an ignition interlock device or other conditions of your conviction.

Get help from DWI attorneys in Fredericksburg, Virginia who answer all your questions, including those related to ignition interlock devices

At Woodbridge & Coleman, P.C. Attorneys at Law we educate our clients about the consequences of DUI conviction, including the use of an ignition interlock device. Our office is in downtown Fredericksburg and can be reached by public transportation. We offer a free initial consultation for DUI cases. Contact us online or call us at 540-373-5300. We serve clients throughout the city of Fredericksburg and Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Prince William, Fairfax, Culpeper, Westmoreland and Hanover counties.