Have you ever been late for work or an important meeting (or a special date) because your car would not start? It can be quite frustrating having someplace to be and not being able to get there because your vehicle isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do. In New York and many other states, one of the things that can keep your car from starting is an ignition interlock device.
This is an apparatus that the court sometimes orders motorists to install in their vehicles after handing down DWI convictions. It is definitely something that might deter you from drinking and driving, right? However, situations are often complex, and you may wind up facing charges or even incurring conviction after thinking you were perfectly able to legally operate a vehicle. That’s why, in addition to learning more about ignition interlock systems, you’ll also want to know where to seek support if you believe someone has violated your rights.
What you should know about New York IID laws
If a New York judge convicts you of driving under the influence of alcohol, one of the penalties you will carry is an ignition interlock device, not just on one vehicle but on any and all vehicles you operate. The following list includes other important facts regarding IID systems:
- Although a judge convicts you, the state does not pay expenses associated with installing an ignition interlock device in your car. You bear the full cost.
- The amount of time the court mandates you to keep the device installed in your car may vary according to the circumstances of your case.
- Every time you get behind the wheel, you must first take the breath test using the device and register negative for alcohol. If you register positive, your vehicle won’t start.
- If the conviction you incurred was not your first DWI, you may have to keep an IID system installed for up to five years, especially if it was an aggravated DWI.
- The good thing about the IID system is that it allows you to continue to drive, which can help you save your job and take care of daily needs.
When you install an ignition interlock system in your car, it means you have a legally restricted driver’s license. A lot of people think that’s much better than having to tell an employer they have no way of getting to work because the state revoked their driving privileges.
No need to go it alone
If a police officer recently arrested you on suspicion of drunk driving in New York, and you believe he or she violated your rights, you may request a case dismissal if prosecutors filed charges against you. Trying to protect your freedom can not only be challenging but highly stressful as well. By tapping into local support resources, you don’t have to feel alone.