New York state law requires anyone who is sentenced for DWI or aggravated DWI to have an ignition interlock device (IID) on all of their vehicles if they wish to legally drive. The IID must remain for the period of conditional discharge or probation that’s required under Leandra’s Law, which took effect back in 2010.
The requirement for these devices is becoming more common throughout the U.S. The devices are also becoming more sophisticated and difficult to “trick.”
While they can be a hassle and an embarrassment, they can allow a person to continue to work, go to school and go about their lives after a drunk driving conviction. They can also save lives – including the lives of those with IIDs who are prevented from driving while intoxicated.
How does an IID work?
An IID is attached to a vehicle’s ignition system. A driver has to blow into it and have a blood alcohol content (BAC) under the designated limit for the vehicle to start. They typically require a driver to submit further breath samples while they’re driving to ensure that they aren’t drinking.
If you have one or more IIDs installed, it’s imperative that you meet all of the requirements that accompany them. If you don’t – or worse, if you try to cheat the system in any way – you’ll find yourself facing even more and harsher penalties.
An IID is just one of the many expenses and inconveniences you’ll need to deal with if you’re convicted of DWI. A DWI can follow you throughout your life and career. A DWI arrest doesn’t necessarily have to result in a conviction. It’s wise to find out what potential defenses you might be able to present and ensure that your rights are protected.