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Ignition interlock device could be required after DWI

Being arrested on DWI charges can create all sorts of personal hardships. Depending on your situation, you may be looking at the suspension of your driver’s license, an increase in your car insurance rates, or even time in jail. Another possible repercussion could be the required installation of an ignition interlock system for a prescribed period of time.

An ignition interlock device is basically a Breathalyzer which can be connected to a vehicle’s ignition system. In order to start the car, the driver must have the device screen their breath. If the device determines that the driver’s blood alcohol level is too high, it will prevent the car from starting.

In certain circumstances, the installation of this device is a requirement for drivers who want to continue driving after having received a DWI.

If you are in this situation, there are some important facts of which you need to be aware.

  • You may only have the interlock device installed and uninstalled by approved manufacturers.
  • Before driving privileges are reinstated, all vehicles that will be operated by the driver must have an interlock device installed.
  • The statute provides no provisions for exemptions or waivers for the interlock requirement; not even for medical conditions.
  • You must submit proof of interlock device installation in the form of installation invoices and lease agreements.

Whether you will be required or eligible to have one of these devices installed is contingent upon the circumstances of your arrest. While the device can be an inconvenience, at least using it as mandated will allow you to continue driving.

A DWI can have a long-lasting impact on your life. Therefore, when facing charges, it might be wise to consider contacting a Louisiana DWI attorney. An attorney has knowledge of state drunk driving statutes may be able to help you decide which legal path to take.

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