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Ignition Interlock Devices and DUI

By Lancater Law Office, LL  Sep. 6, 2011 3:01p

If you get convicted of a DUI in Colorado, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for a period of time. An ignition interlock device requires a breath sample from the person before the vehicle will start. It also requires occasional breath samples while driving. If the device detects alcohol on the breath, it will not start. DUI convictions often carry with them mandatory driver's license suspensions. The ignition interlock device allows some to obtain a restricted driver license and drive only a vehicle equipped with such a device. If you are facing a DUI conviction, speak with a Boulder DUI defense attorney from the Lancaster Law Office, LLC immediately to see if you may be eligible for the ignition interlock device.

Who is required to use an interlock device?

Following a DUI conviction you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed. The term of required installment will depend on how many DUI convictions you have already had and the severity of the DUI:

  • First DUI conviction - Eight months
  • First DUI conviction with BAC of .17 or greater - Two years
  • Second DUI conviction in 5 years - Two years
  • Third DUI conviction and per se in lifetime - Two years
  • Convicted of being a habitual traffic offender with one alcohol related driving offense - Four years, after serving one year and being approved for early reinstatement

If you are designated as an interlock restricted driver and you attempt to drive a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device, or you fail to use the device in an equipped vehicle, you could face a revocation of your driver's license for a minimum of one year.

Facing a DUI conviction in Boulder?

If you are facing a DUI conviction in Boulder, Colorado and are eligible for a restricted license with the ignition interlock device, there are a few things you should know:

  • The ignition interlock device requires servicing every 60 days. Failure to get the device servied may result in driver's license suspension until service is completed;
  • Should the ignition interlock device detect alcohol in three of twelve consecutive months, you may be required to keep the ignition interlock device on your vehicle and the restriction may remain in place for another year;
  • It may be possible to get financial assistance for the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle through the Colorado Department of Revenue.

A DUI conviction is no laughing matter. It can result in very serious consequences affecting all aspects of your life, including your ability to drive yourself to and from a job if your driver's license gets suspended. You may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle that requires you to submit to breathalyzer tests before you can even start your car. If you or someone you know is facing this situation, you should speak with an experienced Boulder DUI defense attorney about your rights and your freedom to continue driving. 

If you are facing a DUI conviction, contact a Boulder DUI defense attorney today. The help you need to defend your freedom is within reach!

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