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When is an Ignition Interlock Device Mandatory?

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In Ohio, installing an ignition interlock device is mandatory if you have been arrested for Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) more than once. However, if it’s your first offense, you may still be required to install an ignition interlock device at the judge’s discretion. An ignition interlock device is only mandatory if you’d like to continue driving while your license is suspended in the state of Ohio. Along with installing an ignition interlock device, you may also be required to pay a fine, serve jail time, or be on probation.

If you have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, you will receive limited driving privileges while the device is installed. The regulations surrounding your ignition interlock device may change depending on your charges and sentencing. If you have questions about your ignition interlock device, call our firm today at 330-296-8000.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

An ignition interlock device is a machine installed inside your vehicle that you must utilize before driving. Typically, they are mounted to the dashboard of the vehicle. Before driving, the driver must take a Breath Alcohol Content test (BrAC) by blowing into the ignition interlock device. If the driver’s BrAC is above the pre-determined limit set by the IID, then they will not be able to turn the vehicle on.

Additionally, the ignition interlock device may request random retests throughout the trip to ensure that the driver stays sober. If the BrAC is over the limit or the driver does not retest, the vehicle will signal that the driver should pull over, and the car will likely not start again after it is turned off.

Any data that is uploaded to the ignition interlock device is stored in its memory and also uploaded to the device provider’s database. The court uses this data to determine if the driver has committed an interlock violation. It could be used to revoke driving privileges or add more time to an existing sentence.

How is an Ignition Interlock Device Installed?

The state of Ohio has a list of certified ignition interlock manufacturers that you can hire to install your device. To install your IID, simply call one of these manufacturers and make an appointment to have them come to you. The manufacturer will verify your eligibility for the ignition interlock program before installing the device in your vehicle.

Once the device is installed, the manufacturer will issue a registered certificate to prove to the state of Ohio that your vehicle has an approved ignition interlock device. You will need this certificate to get a restricted license and continue driving.

After the device is installed in your vehicle, request a restricted driving permit from the state of Ohio. You may be able to obtain this permit if you cannot go without your license for an extended period of time. However, not everyone is eligible for this permit, so check with your attorney before applying.

What Constitutes an Ignition Interlock Device Violation?

Violating the rules of the ignition interlock device program can lead to further penalties, including fines, jail time, and a revoked license. Fortunately, when you get an ignition interlock device installed, it will come with a manual detailing the rules and regulations you must follow.

In most cases, driving a vehicle that does not have an ignition interlock device, not taking a retest when asked to do so, and attempting to trick the system will result in a violation. Because the device stores data and sends it to the court, a judge can use your actions to penalize you further.

How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help Me?

If you’ve been charged with an OVI in Ohio, you may be overwhelmed and worried about the future. With a criminal defense attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your rights are being protected and that you are being advocated for.

An ignition interlock device can be an excellent way to continue driving while facing OVI charges. However, following the regulations is an integral part of getting your license reinstated and avoiding further penalties. If you need any questions answered, our team is here to help. Call Weisenburger Law Offices, LLC today at 330-296-8000 to learn more about our services.

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