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What happens if you must use an ignition interlock device?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Criminal Law |

If you get a DUI conviction in New Jersey, the court could make a condition of your sentence to install an ignition interlock device. The judge must issue a court order for this requirement.

An IID will prevent you from starting your vehicle if your blood alcohol content is over 0.05%. It requires professional installation to work correctly and to meet the court order requirements.

Potential sentences of an IID

The actual sentence for the use of an IID depends on your situation. If the conviction is your first, then the judge may order you to use the device for up to one year and usually at least six months. The judge will decide when your sentence ends and you can remove the device.

The law requires you to have an IID if your BAC was 0.15% or more. It must be in place during your license suspension period, and the usage period starts when you get your driving rights back.

For a second offense, the law mandates installation regardless of the situation. You would have to keep the IID on your vehicle for one to three years after your license privileges are active again.

Notification of IID requirement

You will learn about the IID requirement in court, but you will also get a notice that will explain how to get the device. You must install it as ordered, or you may be unable to get your driving privileges back, and the judge could add time to your suspension.

If the court orders that you must install an IID on your vehicle, you will have to have the process done with a licensed installer within the state of New Jersey.