Ignition Interlock Device

When you are convicted of a DWI/DUI in New Jersey, the court hands down a variety of punishments. Some sentences are aimed at punishing your bad behavior, some are aimed at educating and rehabilitating you, and some are aimed at preventing you from driving with alcohol in your system again.

The New Jersey ignition interlock program falls into the third category. Under New Jersey law, drivers will be required to install an ignition interlock device in the following situations:

  • First DWI offense: If your blood alcohol content (BAC) level was .15% or higher, the judge will order an ignition interlock device to be installed in your vehicle. The device must be installed for the duration of the license suspension and for the first six to 12 months of restored driving privileges. This is required whether or not you own a motor vehicle and if you live outside of New Jersey.
  • Second and third DWI offenses: Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device during the license suspension period and one to three years following restoration of driving privileges. Again, this is required whether or not you own a motor vehicle and if you live outside of New Jersey.

An interlock device requires the driver to blow into it to start the car. The device also will require the driver to randomly blow into it during their drive (sometimes as frequently as every 30 seconds) to ensure that alcohol was not consumed at some point during the drive. If the driver blows a BAC level of .05% or higher, the vehicle will not start.

Failure to install a required ignition interlock device in New Jersey will result in an additional year of license suspension. The presence of an ignition interlock device can be an embarrassing hassle, but breaking or ignoring the terms of your New Jersey ignition interlock device is something you do not want to deal with. Like the Breathalyzer test, the device is not foolproof in determining your BAC and there are situations in which the results can and should be contested.

At the Law Offices of Thomas Carroll Blauvelt, LLC, I will fight for your legal rights and work hard to get you the best results possible. As a former DWI prosecutor and DWI public defender, I know both sides of the law and all the relevant defenses available to you at every stage of your case. I have had hundreds of DWI cases dismissed or downgraded and have the experience you want on your side. I understand how frustrating and confusing a New Jersey DUI charge can be and during your first initial consultation, I am here to answer all your questions and explain the process to you. If you are dealing with a New Jersey DWI charge or issues related to your mandatory ignition interlock device, give me a call today. I am here to help. I look forward to speaking with you.