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How do you get an ignition interlock device?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Losing your driving privileges because of a DUI in Missouri can make life real inconvenient. You might need to find an alternative source of transportation to keep your job or even do simple things like get groceries.

Having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle is an excellent way to maintain your driving privileges despite your DUI. However, you must meet eligibility requirements and follow specific instructions to utilize this resource.

Eligibility requirements

Not just anyone can get an ignition interlock device. Officials will carefully assess the circumstances of your DUI and determine your liability and the likelihood of recidivism. They will also look at the consequences of your behavior including whether or not innocent people suffered injury because of your actions. If this is a first-time offense, you usually have a higher chance of eligibility for an interlock device.

If you receive approval for a device, you will need to find out from the courts where to go for installation. You will need to pay for both installation and maintenance. According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, you will need to visit a certified installer each month for general maintenance and to verify the interlock device works. Make sure you understand how to properly use it to avoid issues with non-compliance.

Compliance and use

Tampering with your device or trying to remove it yourself will immediately revoke your eligibility and your driving privileges. Proper use of the equipment requires you to perform a modified breath test that will determine your BAC levels. If those levels exceed a certain amount, your vehicle will not turn on. A record of your use will provide evidence of your actions.

Once you have met all of the requirements, you will receive permission to have an approved party remove the device. Having an ignition interlock enables you to stay independent and maintain your right to drive. It can also hold you accountable and help you stay out of trouble. Using it correctly allows you to take full advantage of its installation.