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Is an ignition interlock device mandatory after a New Jersey DWI?

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2021 | Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving |

If you receive a conviction for driving while intoxicated in New Jersey, you face a number of penalties, one of which may be license revocation. However, authorities recognize that the loss of driving privileges has the potential to cause extreme hardship. 

So, following a DWI, you may have to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. Here are the changes to the laws and how they may now affect your case if you receive a conviction. 

Law changes

Until December of 2019, anyone convicted of a first-time DWI would face a license suspension in the aftermath. Now, you may not lose your license if your breath test reveals that your blood alcohol concentration is only slightly above New Jersey’s legal limit, or if it falls somewhere within the 0.08% and 0.10% range. 

However, current laws assert that all New Jersey motorists who receive DWIs have to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles at their own expense. The law seeks to give those with drunk driving convictions an opportunity to continue to earn a living while still preventing them from driving under the influence. 

Device rules

Once you install the ignition interlock on your vehicle and any others you drive, you must provide an alcohol-free breath sample before your car starts. If you fail to provide an adequate breath sample, the vehicle does not start. 

How long your ignition interlock device remains on your vehicle is going to depend on what your blood alcohol concentration was at the time of your arrest.