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Understanding the ignition interlock

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2024 | DUI

After a conviction for driving under the influence in Minnesota, you might face requirements to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This technology prevents your car from starting unless you provide a breath sample that shows your blood alcohol concentration below the legal limit.

There are a few things to know when the judge orders an interlock device for your vehicle.

How long will you need an interlock device?

The duration of your interlock requirement depends upon your driving history and the specific situation. For first-time offenders, the duration is anywhere from 6 months to a year. That period gets longer with subsequent convictions or higher blood alcohol readings.

Can you get an interlock-restricted license?

If you face a suspended license as part of your DUI case, you can often get a restricted license during the revocation period with the installation of an interlock device. This allows you to drive to work, school, treatment programs and other essential places as long as you have the device installed.

Do you have to pay for the interlock device?

In most cases, you pay an installation fee and monthly service fees for the interlock device. The court order will detail the costs associated with your program. Violating the program can add hundreds more in early removal and lockout fees, so be mindful of your testing requirements.

Having an interlock device is inconvenient, but it is often an important step in getting your regular license back. Carefully follow the program requirements so you can complete it successfully.