What You Need To Know About The Ignition Interlock Device Law
A law passed in New York on August 15, 2010, mandates that individuals convicted for DWI must have an ignition interlock device in their vehicles for at least six months. This new law makes New York DWI penalties, which are among the harshest in the country, even more strict.
If you are charged with DWI, it is more important than ever to retain an attorney. The consequences of a DWI conviction are too great to take a chance with a public defender or to plead guilty on your own. At the law office of James M. Wagman, I provide criminal defense representation for drivers charged with DWI, DWAI drugs and other DWI charges.
Avoid This Additional Expense
Ignition interlock devices render a car inoperable unless the drivers prove via Breathalyzer that they are not under the influence of alcohol. If you are sentenced to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, you will have to pay for the device and installation. These expenses will be in addition to the fines and other penalties associated with your conviction.
New York state’s Leandra’s Law, which applies to drivers charged with DWI with a child in the vehicle, also requires all first-time DWI misdemeanor and felony offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles for at least six months.
To avoid the expense and hassle of an ignition interlock device, speak with an experienced defense attorney. I have over 35 years of experience. I understand both sides of DWI cases and use this knowledge to the benefit of my clients.