When an individual in the state of Connecticut is convicted of a DUI, they can face very serious consequences as a result. This can not only include jail time, fines, surcharges, and attendance at an alcohol education course, but it also may result in the installation of an ignition interlock device. When facing these matters, it is important to be educated on the device and the laws behind it. Continue reading below to learn more.
How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?
The purpose of an ignition interlock device is to keep drunk drivers off the road. The device connects to the ignition system in the vehicle of a DUI offender in order to determine their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is done by requiring the driver to blow into the mouthpiece of the device. If it detects the driver’s BAC is above the limit that is set, then the vehicle will not start. To ensure another person does not blow for them, the device requires additional breath tests while the vehicle is in motion. If the driver does not do so, the vehicle will make a record of it, issue a warning, and set off an alarm until the vehicle is stopped.
How Long Will the Device be Installed?
The law in Connecticut requires the installation of an ignition interlock device in an individual’s vehicle if they were found operating it under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It can also be required if they fail or refuse a chemical alcohol test. When a driver is convicted of a DUI, they are obligated by law to serve a license suspension. It is important to know that this suspension can occur in two different ways: from the DMV or the criminal court.
A suspension from the criminal court occurs when the individual is sentenced after a trial or plea agreement. A driver is only eligible for an ignition interlock program after they receive a criminal conviction. If it is the individual’s first or second DUI offense, they can apply for the device after a 45 day suspension. If the driver was underage, the suspension will last until their 21st birthday. After the suspension is over, the ignition interlock device is required for a period of one to three years depending on if they have any prior convictions.
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