NEW JERSEY IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE
The NJ DWI Ignition Interlock Device Law: Fighting Your Charges with Spodek Law Group
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime in New Jersey that often results in mandatory ignition interlock device installation, a breathalyzer system wired to the vehicle’s ignition that prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol content reaches 0.05% or greater. As one of the leading law firms in Atlantic County for defending against driving while intoxicated charges and associated requirements for installing this device, Spodek Law Group has helped numerous clients avoid or minimize costs and problems stemming from mandatory installation concerns, which can be significant if you’re facing penalties imposed by harsh New Jersey law statutes.
Our skilled attorneys know how to argue your case using their experience and expertise in the field of DWI defense law, giving our clients the edge when fighting against this serious charge. In particular, we offer specialized help for first-time offenders and repeat offenders who face an ever-steeper set of penalties (including mandatory ignition interlock device installments) as they accumulate DUI convictions.
New Jersey Ignition Interlock Requirement Laws
Under New Jersey law, drivers charged with operating a vehicle with BAC at 0.15% or higher must accept ignition interlock installation requirements even after just one run-in with authorities regarding DUI violation. Additionally, those who are charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breath Test must also cope with mandatory installment orders following any initial DUI arrest.
Judges do have some leeway concerning waiving ignition interlock requirements for first-time offenders with BAC measurements of 0.14% or lower. However, judges cannot waive such requirements once BAC readings reach higher levels beyond 0.15%, forcing even first-time offenders to obey such demands upon conviction. With repeat offenses come more severe consequences:
- The ignition interlock requirement becomes mandatory regardless of BAC numbers.
- The convicted driver must maintain the device for a minimum term of one to three years following license suspension, depending on the severity of their latest offense(s).
Our team is well-versed in New Jersey’s DWI Ignition Interlock Device Law, which means we develop a tailored defense strategy to help protect clients who may not require ignition interlocking in their day-to-day life. For some, this penalty isn’t necessary as they may never drive while intoxicated again. Furthermore, the installation of an ignition interlock device can be embarrassing and carry unnecessary burdens that interfere with aspects of personal and professional lives.
Legal Defense for Your Ignition Interlock Charges
Spodek Law Group provides robust legal defense strategies that take into account the harsh penalties associated with tampering with the device or having passengers provide breath samples. Our passionate legal defense team goes above and beyond to fight for our clients’ rights and interests.
We ensure that our clients understand their rights and are aware of all requirements associated with installing an ignition interlock system. We carefully evaluate each case individually, taking into consideration all relevant factors so that we can establish a proper line of defense aimed at reducing or minimizing mandatory sentencing requirements imposed by New Jersey law.
Sentencing for Ignition Interlock Devices
Those who face an ignition interlock obligation either by court order or NJ DMV requirements must understand that various rules apply to them based on whether they’re first-time offenders or repeat offenders:
First-Time Offenders: A judge has discretion to impose ignition interlocking after license suspension taking place between six months and one year.
Repeat Offenders: Regardless of BAC results, ignition interlocking becomes mandatory during any subsequent DUI arrest situations after initial conviction(s). Following another period of license suspension, convicted drivers must maintain the device on their vehicle for a period that can last anywhere from 1-3 years.
At Spodek Law Group, we are well aware of the implications and potential penalties associated with ignition interlock requirements in Atlantic County. Our legal team is experienced, professional, and understands what it takes to attain the possible outcome for your case. We’re ready to help you handle your circumstances by developing a customized defense strategy that protects your interests better than other New Jersey law firms.
If you’re accused of driving under the influence in New Jersey, then time is of the essence, which means that you should hire a reputable attorney immediately. Our legal experts provide free consultation services for our prospective clients. To take full advantage of this opportunity or speak with one of our lawyers directly, contact us today at (888)-981-6937, or via email to schedule an appointment at one of our offices throughout the country. We’re proud to provide comprehensive representation services in New York, New Jersey and numerous states across the nation.
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