Ignition Interlock Devices in Minnesota

What is an ignition interlock device?

ignition-interlock-breathalyzer[1]The state of Minnesota has joined many other states by requiring ignition interlock devices for certain DWI offenses.  Even without a prior record, if you are charged with refusing to submit to testing or testing over .16% blood-alcohol concentration, in order to have your driving privileges restored, you must have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle or any vehicle that you plan on driving.  However, can often request that your license remains valid while your DWI case is pending.  Contact a Minnesota DWI attorney immediately for a free consultation to see if you can prevent a driver’s license revocation while your case is pending.

How does Ignition Interlock work?

The ignition interlock device is a small device, about the size of a cell phone.  It’s installed in your vehicle and allows you to start your vehicle after blowing into the device if it does not detect alcohol on your breath.  The driver must blow into a tube that is connected to the machine.  The car will not start unless the BAC is under 0.02.  Additionally, once the vehicle starts, the device will require random checks while you are driving and you must again blow into the tube.   Failure to do so will be seen as a violation, and can result in an extension of your license revocation.

There is also a camera on the machine that takes a date and time stamp of the person blowing into the device.

Using an ignition interlock device can also affect the outcome of your DWI case.

Certain DWI charges carry mandatory minimum jail sentences.  A judge can still sentence you to the mandatory minimum sentence, even if you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.  However, the law allows a judge to not require you to serve the mandatory minimum jail sentence if your vehicle is equipped with an ignition interlock device.  been convicted of DWI previously, or is this the first time?

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