Ignition Interlock Device

Ignition Interlock Device in Hudson County

Are you facing legal challenges related to an ignition interlock device in Hudson County, New Jersey? 

At William Proetta Criminal Law, our Hudson County attorneys understand ignition interlock devices’ complexities, including their installation, operation, and the alleged violations that go with them. Our dedicated team of ignition interlock attorneys represents individuals accused or convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol who may face a court order to install this miniature, personalized breathalyzer in their vehicle. 

Everyone deserves a fair chance to defend themselves, no matter the allegations. We are ready to stand by your side from start to finish.

Contact a Hudson County ignition interlock lawyer at William Proetta Criminal Law to get your questions about ignition interlock devices answered today. The consultation is free and confidential.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device (IID) is a mechanism installed on vehicles to prevent a person from starting or operating a vehicle if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds a predetermined limit. In New Jersey, anyone convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol must install an IID on their vehicle for a certain period.

How Do Ignition Interlock Devices Work?

An ignition interlock device connects to a vehicle’s ignition system and requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer before starting the engine. If the breathalyzer detects alcohol above the set limit, the vehicle’s engine will not start. In New Jersey, the BAC limit for an ignition interlock device is 0.05 percent.

Ignition interlock devices use a variety of mechanisms to prevent cheating. For example, the device can request random retests while the vehicle is in motion to confirm the driver remains sober. The device also requires drivers to use a specific blow pattern, which prevents them from using another form of compressed air. 

Under What Circumstances Could I Be Required to Install an Interlock Device?

New Jersey law requires the installation of an ignition interlock device for the following DUI convictions:

  • First offense with a BAC between 0.08 and 0.10 percent – Three months
  • First offense with a BAC between 0.10 and 0.15 percent – Seven months to one year 
  • First offense with a BAC of 0.15 percent or more – Nine to 15 months 
  • Second or subsequent offense – Two to four years 

If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, you may also receive a court order to install an ignition interlock device for many months or even years, depending on the number of past offenses.

When Will the Ignition Interlock Be Installed, and for How Long?

After a DUI conviction, the court will notify the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) that the defendant needs an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. MVC will send a notification with instructions on how to obtain the device. Only installers licensed by the MVC can install an ignition interlock device.

The amount of time you must maintain the ignition interlock device depends on several factors, including the nature of your conviction, the discretion of the judge, and the time it takes to install the device on your vehicle. Furthermore, the court could extend the period if you failed to take or pass a test during the final 30 days or to comply with the required maintenance, calibration, inspection, and monitoring of the device.

Will I Get an NJ Ignition Interlock Device on a First Offense?

New Jersey reformed its DUI laws in 2019 to require ignition interlock device installation for all DUI convictions, including first-time convictions. 

The New Jersey Legislature explained that studies show interlock device programs prevent more drunk driving when broadly applied. One study cited by the Legislature demonstrated that states with laws requiring all drivers convicted of DUIs to install ignition interlock devices reduced the number of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes by 16 percent. 

What Happens If I’m Accused of Tampering with the Interlock or Driving Without It?

If you attempt to tamper with the ignition interlock device or drive without it, there is a high likelihood that you will get caught and face additional criminal penalties. Any attempt to circumvent the interlock ignition device will be recorded and reported to the MVC and, ultimately, to law enforcement. 

Any driver required to use an ignition interlock device will have a unique imprint on their driver’s license. Law enforcement can quickly tell if you’re driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device.

What Are the Penalties for Tampering with or Driving Without an Interlock Device?

Under New Jersey law, you could face a year-long driver’s license suspension for driving without an ignition interlock device in violation of a court order or tampering with the device. You may also face additional criminal penalties under a disorderly persons charge, including additional fines and jail time. 

Another person who helps you violate the court order by blowing into the device for you or knowingly allowing you to drive their vehicle could also face disorderly persons charges.

Why You Need Our Hudson County Ignition Interlock Attorneys

The technology involved in ignition interlock devices is quite complex and advanced, which may contribute to a number of problems. Our Hudson County ignition interlock attorneys understand this technology and the serious consequences that can result when something goes wrong. We can help you deal with the negative repercussions of ignition interlock devices, whether dealing with a false positive, seeking reduced penalties for a violation, or navigating the proper removal process.

Who Do I Contact to Get an Ignition Interlock Device Installed?

To get an ignition interlock device installed, go to a state-licensed installer. You can find a list of licensed installers on the MVC website

Accused of Interfering with an Interlock Device in Hudson County? Contact Our Dedicated Lawyers Today

If you face an accusation of interfering with an ignition interlock device in Hudson County, William Proetta Criminal Law is ready to help you. Let us stand up for your interests and fight back against any accusation that puts your rights and liberty in peril. 

Contact William Proetta Criminal Law today to speak with one of our dedicated Hudson County interlock attorneys in a free and confidential case review.