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An ignition interlock device is a tool used to reduce recidivism post-DWI


It is often required after an arrest. Get the details about IIDs and learn what you need to do to protect your rights after a DWI arrest in New York. 

Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) Defined


If someone has been convicted of driving while intoxicated, they may be required to install an IID, or ignition interlock device, in their car or truck. An IID is a personal breathalyzer that prevents intoxicated drivers from operating their vehicle if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.08%. Drivers are required to pass the breathalyzer before they can start their vehicle, and in some instances, they must pass periodically as they continue to drive. 

When Is an IID Issued?  


Although a large number of DWIs are settled without the need for a judge to issue an IID, you could be ordered to have one installed any time you are convicted of drunk driving. Frequently, ignition interlock devices are ordered for defendants who have a past record of DWI charges, or those who had a BAC that was much higher than the legal limit at the time of their arrest. The judge who oversees your case will decide if you’ll be required to have an IID installed; if they believe it will reduce the risk you’ll have a repeat offense, it will likely be ordered. 

Driving While Intoxicated with an IID


If a driver attempts to start their car while intoxicated, the engine will not turn over as long as the IID reading is over 0.08%. Each time you start your car, you must pass the breathalyzer test, even if you only stopped for a moment. Some ignition interlock devices require drivers to submit to a BAC test while driving and are forced to pull over if they fail. The IID usually causes the horn to honk and the lights to flash repeatedly, making it difficult or impossible for the driver to continue operating their vehicle. Once the driver pulls over, the car will shut off and will not be able to be started again until the breathalyzer test is passed. 

When to Call a Brooklyn DWI Attorney 


Don’t hesitate after being arrested and charged with DWI in Brooklyn to get legal help from an experienced lawyer. Your rights and future are on the line and your attorney can help you defend them. Call Mark Cossuto today for a consultation at 800-609-4545.