Drinking and driving is serious business. A DUI on your record can and will change your life, even if it’s your first offense. There will be fines, court dates, and you’ll lose your license.
Once you get your license back, your insurance is going to spike as well.
But how long will it be before you can get your license back? It depends on a number of factors. One way to get back on the road faster is by having an ignition interlock device installed on your car.
An ignition interlock device is essentially a breathalyzer that’s built into your car. Once installed, you must blow into a mouthpiece before you are able to the start your vehicle. If your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is higher than the legal limit, you will be unable to start the car.
If you pass the breathalyzer, you are able to start the car and drive normally.
However, depending on the setup, you may be required to retest at various points while the car is running. This is so you don’t simply have someone else pass the test before you drive off. Should you fail to pass the test after the car is running, the event will be logged, and the car alarm will go off.
The time frame and requirements surrounding an interlock device depend upon whether you’ve had prior offenses or not, and how much time has passed in between.
If it’s your first offense, you’ll typically have your license suspended for a year. However, if you have an interlock system installed, this can be reduced to six months, after which, you’ll have to drive with the system in place for the remainder of the year.
After a second offense, you may be required to have a system installed before you can drive again.
You should know that the installation of this system is something you will have to pay for. Additionally, there have been reports of certain circumstances triggering a false positive on interlock devices, leaving you stranded and unable to start your car.
The best way to avoid this hassle is, of course, to never drink and drive. Should you find yourself facing a DUI/DWI/OUI, you should get an attorney.
A DUI falls under criminal law. To make sure your properly represented and your rights are protected, you need an attorney who specializes in criminal defense. For an attorney in Springfield, Ohio you can rely on, contact the offices of Michael T. Edwards.
We’ll make sure you receive a fair trial.