Pennsylvania and many other states require that even first-time DUI offenders install an ignition interlock device if convicted for a DUI. This is a mandatory requirement in nearly all cases and cannot be overturned by you or your DUI defense attorney.
The only way to avoid installing this potentially expensive piece of equipment is to avoid a conviction for drunken driving or to transfer ownership of your vehicle if you are convicted. To help you understand the consequences of the charges you face, here are some other facts about ignition interlock devices in Pennsylvania.
- Offenders cannot simply say that they do not own a vehicle; they must certify this is so with the state’s Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
- Offenders cannot operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device when the device detects alcohol on their breath.
- Further, the device will require the motorist to perform random breath checks periodically, which means that it is typically not possible to fool the equipment.
- These devices can cost anywhere from $900 up to $1,300 on an annual basis.
- Family members who use the same vehicle as a convicted DUI offender must also engage in breath tests through the device.
- Ignition interlock devices must be approved by PennDOT.
The point of speaking about the ignition interlock device is to encourage defendants to pursue an effective DUI defense. Such a defense is the best way to avoid all hardships that come with a conviction for drunken driving. Although the mandatory installation of an interlock device is not the only consequence of a DUI conviction, it is one of the most expensive.
Consider taking your case to a DUI lawyer to learn more about the consequences of a conviction as well as your defense options.