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Ignition Interlock

 
In 2009, New York State passed Leandra's Law, which significantly increased the penalties for drinking and driving.  Leandra's law is best known for making it an automatic Felony to commit a DWI with a child under the age of 15 in the car. 
 
However in addition to this change, Leandra's Law also requires the automatic installation of an Ignition Interlock device on the vehicle of any driver convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI, regardless of whether a child was in the car.  This means that if you are convicted of DWI, a judge could order you to install this device on your vehicle  and all of the vehicles in your household (at your expense).
 
To many people this can be a major inconvenience, as the Ignition Interlock requires the driver of the vehicle to blow into the device before starting the vehicle, and at various times during the vehicle's operation.  If a driver tests positive for alcohol or fails to blow during one of the required tests, then the vehicle will automatically shut down and it will be unable to start.  Furthermore a report will be generated by the device for the Department of Probation, which could result in additional criminal charges for failure to comply with the Ignition Interlock device.
 
Aside from the defendants, objections to this requirement have been raised by the spouses and family members who share a household with someone convicted of DWI.  Often times these innocent parties will use the family vehicle to transport their children or simply drive to work.  The presence of an Ignition Interlock device creates not only a burden but also a negative stigma for these innocent parties. 
 
To find out more about avoiding the installation of an Ignition Interlock device on your car, contact one of our experienced attorneys today.