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New Jersey state law finds it completely unacceptable to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is why the subsequent penalties may include a temporary suspension from driving, along with other driving restrictions. Namely, you may have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle. Read on to discover how long you need to have an IID and how a seasoned Morristown DUI defense lawyer at Graves Andrews, LLC can help you better understand what consequences are at stake.

What is an ignition interlock device?

Simply put, an IID is a small, handheld breathalyzer. Before you start the ignition in your vehicle, you must blow into this device. Therefore, if this device detects a percentage of drugs or alcohol in your system, then your ignition will not turn on. As you may likely conclude yourself, this penalty is intended to prevent you from repeating this offense in the future.

It is worth mentioning that not only may you be required to have an IID installed in your vehicle, but you may also be required to pay for its installation. On average, this may cost you up to $150.

How long do I need to have an IID installed in my vehicle after a DUI?

First off, upon receiving a DUI conviction, the judge may order the temporary suspension of your driver’s license. If you committed a first-offense DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent to 0.10 percent, then this suspension may apply for three months. But with a BAC level of 0.10 or higher, this suspension may extend to seven months or more. A second and third-offense DUI may call for a two-year or 10-year suspension, respectively.

Then, once your driver’s license is reinstated, the judge may order the installation of an IID in your vehicle. Similarly, the duration for which you must have this in your vehicle is dependent on the degree of your offense. More specific examples read as follows:

  • First-offense DUI with a BAC level of 0.08 percent to 0.15 percent: an order at the judge’s discretion.
  • First-offense DUI with a BAC level of 0.15 percent or higher: anywhere between seven months to one year.
  • Second-offense DUI: anywhere between two to four years.
  • Third-offense DUI: anywhere between two to four years.

You must understand that, during this time, it is a violation of law to have someone else blow into the IID to get your vehicle to start. At the same time, you must not drive someone else’s vehicle to avoid using the IID.

Without a doubt, the next step you must take is to employ a competent Morristown criminal defense lawyer. So please get in touch with us at Graves Andrews, LLC immediately.