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When people are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol, they will most likely face a wide array of penalties, such as jail time, high fines, and having to install the ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Annapolis DUI lawyer to learn more about the ignition interlock device and whether you will have to install it in your vehicle. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How does the ignition interlock device work?

The ignition interlock device is designed to determine whether you have alcohol in our system when you attempt to start your vehicle. Once installed, you cannot start your vehicle without first providing a breath sample that shows no alcohol. After starting the vehicle, the device will require you to provide breath samples at random times throughout your trip. You should note that the devices can detect if you ask a passenger to provide the breath samples, so you must do so yourself.

Will I have to participate in the Ignition Interlock Program if I get a DWI in Maryland?

Though no one wants to use the ignition interlock device, as it can be embarrassing and an annoyance, the truth is, for many who’ve been charged with DWIs, it is best to enroll in the Ignition Interlock Program if given the opportunity. If you qualify for the program, you can drive through the duration of your license suspension with the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. Though using the ignition interlock device isn’t ideal, it can allow you to continue commuting to work, school, doctor’s appointments, and anywhere else.

The amount of time you’re required to use the ignition interlock device will depend largely on your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest. For a blood alcohol content between .08% and .14%, you will have to use the ignition interlock device for up to 180 days. If your blood alcohol content was .15% or higher or you refused to take a breathalyzer test altogether, you will most likely have to use the device for up to one year.

To learn more about the Ignition Interlock Program, whether you qualify, or whether you’ll be mandated to use the device and are ineligible for the program, simply give our Maryland criminal defense lawyer a call today. Our firm is here to help.

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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.

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