Ignition Interlock Devices: Explaining Your Options After Being Charged With DUI

At the Law Office of Robert D. Anderson, PLLC, our lawyers want to help our clients explore all their options when resolving DUI charges and other criminal cases. With years of experience as former Loudoun County prosecutors as well as private defense attorneys, we know how to build strong cases as well as look at all possibilities.

Ignition interlock devices are required by law to be installed after a DUI conviction in Virginia. The following is intended to provide some general information regarding ignition interlock devices.

What Is An Ignition Interlock Device?

An ignition interlock device is a small device (about the size of a cell phone) that is installed in a car and measures a person's BAC level. If a person blows into the device and it registers a BAC level that is above a certain amount, the car will not start. The driver must also give breath samples during the drive. This prevents an intoxicated person from having a sober friend blow into it in order to start the car so he or she can drive away. Devices can record data such as the test results for alcohol levels, the engine stops and starts and any attempts to tamper with the device.

Talk To Our Office About Your Case, Your Options And How We Can Help

More states now have laws covering the use of ignition interlock devices in drunk driving cases. However, these laws vary greatly in terms of the circumstances in which ignition interlock devices are used, how long they must be used and the people who are required to use them.

If you have questions about the use of these devices, contact our Leesburg law office at 703-297-4455 or 866-752-1706 or reach us via email. We are responsive and will answer your call or return your message promptly.