Ignition interlock devices are a consequence of DWI and a measure to prevent subsequent offenses. They may be a means by which you can retain your driving privileges while criminal drunk driving charges are pending and/or continue to drive after a DWI conviction. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand how ignition interlock devices may be involved in your case.
Who May Need an Ignition Interlock Device
The resolution of many DWI cases involves the installation of an ignition interlock device. These devices may be required:
- To prevent license suspension or license revocation of drivers who refused consent to chemical blood alcohol tests while criminal charges are pending
- For people convicted of DWI charges, even first offenses
How long you are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle depends on the DWI charge. Drivers are responsible for the cost of installation and maintenance of the ignition interlock device.
Contact an Albuquerque Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal drunk driving charges, you should seek the expert counsel of a criminal defense attorney right away. A DWI defense lawyer can help you understand the administrative process to get your license back as well as build a strong case against criminal charges.
The criminal defense attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates have dedicated much of their practice to DWI defense. We know how to investigate your case, protect your civil rights and fight to keep your record clean. In the event that an ignition interlock device is ordered, we can help you understand how to go about complying with the court order.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your DWI case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.