I was ordered to install a breathalyzer in my car. Do I need to get one?

I was ordered to install a breathalyzer in my car. Do I need to get one?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Scott Dylan Westerlund
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It’s estimated that only about one percent of drunk drivers actually get caught and arrested while driving impaired. That’s a disturbing and scary statistic considering that over one million drivers get apprehended for DUIs across America every year.

 

If you’ve been arrested for a DUI on more than one occasion, then the courts are likely to see you as a repeat offender. With that in mind, they may order you to install an ignition interlock device on your car. You may be wondering – If the courts say I need a breathalyzer in my car, then do I really have to comply with their orders? In a nutshell, you absolutely do. Read on to learn why you should adhere to the court’s breathalyzer order.

 

Do I Need to Get a Breathalyzer in My Car After a DUI Charge?

 

Getting charged with a DUI is no minor matter. Don’t take your charges lightly or you could end up facing fairly steep penalties for your actions. Ignition interlock systems are mandatory in 28 states, but all 50 states have specific ignition interlock laws. Depending on your location, you may be required by law to get a breathalyzer in your car after getting convicted of a drinking and driving charge.

 

In many states, first-time offenders must get the breathalyzer system installed in their car. A failure to adhere to a court’s orders means you’ll likely face additional (and harsher) legal consequences. You may even spend time behind bars for a failure to comply with a court order. Don’t make your situation worse! Install and use the device after getting convicted.

 

If you’re caught disobeying the court order, then you could face additional charges, fines, imprisonment, extended probation, and more. This also applies if you side-step the court’s orders by attempting to drive someone else’s vehicle or have someone else blow into your breathalyzer after you’ve been drinking.

 

How the Ignition Interlock Device Works

 

Were you or a loved one recently ordered to use an ignition interlock device? If so, then you now know how important it is to comply with the court’s orders. Even if you weren’t ordered by the court to use an Ignition Interlock device, you might decide to install one prior to your court date. Doing so will show the judge that you’re remorseful and dedicated to changing your behavior. Such actions could mean the judge will be more lenient with you when it comes to issuing penalties against you.

 

So, how does it work?

 

First, you’ll need to pay about $2,000 for a breathalyzer in your car. Then, every time you need to drive, you’ll need to blow into the machine. If the breathalyzer determines you haven’t been drinking, then your car will start. If the machine detects a certain level of alcohol, then your car will not be able to start.

 

You won’t be able to bypass the machine to start your vehicle. That’s because the device interrupts the signal that goes from the ignition to the starter. It won’t pause that interruption unless you provide a breath sample.

 

You may also be asked to perform a “rolling retest.” This happens when the machine asks you to perform another test after you’ve already started your car. If prompted, then you’ll need to pull your car to the side of the road to do the retest. If you don’t pull over within a reasonable time, then the device will record the incident and give you a warning. Your car will not turn off if you fail to take a retest, so be sure to stay safe while you pull over to the side. Do not risk your safety.

 

Are You Obligated By Law to Install a Breathalyzer After a DUI?

 

Were you or a loved one charged with a DUI? Have you faced a similar conviction in the past already? If so, then there’s a good chance that your local court will order you to install a breathalyzer in your car. Even if you’ve never been charged before, installing an ignition interlock device on your car might be in your best interests.

 

Are you currently facing a DUI charge? We suggest hiring an attorney to help ensure the best possible legal outcome in your situation. Head over to our lawyer search area now and type in “driving under the influence,” followed by your zip code. Once you do, you’ll have access to a number of quality lawyers who can help you overcome your DUI situation.

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 
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