If you are convicted of a DWI, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. While this device may allow you to drive, installation and maintenance can get expensive. Performing a breathalyzer test every time you want to start your car can also take an emotional toll. To keep your record clean and avoid the hidden costs of ignition interlock devices, seek the expert legal counsel of the criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates in Albuquerque, NM.
How Ignition Interlock Devices Work
Ignition interlock devices are devices installed in your car that require you to blow into a mouthpiece before starting your car. The device measures the alcohol content of the breath sample. If the breathalyzer detects any alcohol, it will record the amount. If the breathalyzer detects a BAC of more than .025, the vehicle will not start.
Ignition interlock devices also require periodic breathalyzer tests while the vehicle is running.
The Downside of Ignition Interlock Devices
Ignition interlock devices may allow you to drive with criminal drunk driving charges pending or after conviction, but they come at a price.
The Financial Cost
Drivers are required to pay for the installation and maintenance of the breathalyzer device. On average, installation entails a one-time expense of $100. Maintenance is approximately $75 per month. In one year, an ignition interlock device will cost about $1,000.
The Psychological Cost
Frequent breathalyzers remind you every time you get into your vehicle of a poor choice or a gross injustice. Worse, the breathalyzers required to keep your vehicle operating introduce the risk of distracted driving.
A drunk driving arrest should not present such a financial and mental burden. To fight to protect your driving privileges free of an ignition interlock device, get the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
The DWI defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates know the laws, and they know how to investigate the circumstances of your arrest. We fight hard to protect your civil rights and keep your record clean so that you can drive without addition cost or stress. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office.